Soliton Systems has been named as the winner of the Airbus Critical Apps Challenge Belgium at the recent Astrid event in Brussels. With their new Zao Android App, Soliton has developed an encrypted live streaming video app that can operate on the new Airbus Tactilon Dabat device.

Airbus is a pioneer in aeronautics, space and related services with their Defence and Space group as innovators in providing secure communication devices for government agencies that include emergency services. The Tactilon Dabat device is the latest innovation for emergency services in that it combines a traditional TETRA radio used by emergency services, with a ruggedised smartphone that can use 4G for a variety of related data-enabled applications.

Emergency service workers

Jacques Brancart, who is the Managing Director for the Proximus-Airbus consortium, explains further “As we developed the Tactilon Dabat device, we were keen to work with partners who specialise in apps that can be utilised by emergency service workers to make their jobs more efficient and safer.”

A law enforcement officer need not require many different gadgets if they can be all integrated into one tool"

As we see in the corporate world that the Smartphone has become the standard for everyday business apps, we also have the same vision for the communication device used by emergency workers - it should not be restricted to only voice communications. As an example, a law enforcement officer need not require many different gadgets if they can be all integrated into one tool.”

Live video streaming

Brancart continued “We decided upon the Critical App Challenge in Belgium to open up the floor to all our partners to showcase an app that would benefit emergency services. We had a very large response to the competition with a shortlist of 5 that were selected to exhibit at the recent Astrid event in Brussels. The final winner was selected by the end user attendees at the show voting on their favourite app. We were delighted to announce Soliton as the winner with their encrypted live streaming app.”

The 7th edition of the ASTRID User Days, held in Brussels on 3 and 4 October 2018, was a seminar and exhibition for public safety and security agencies with over 1500 people attending. ASTRID manages the voice and data communication network for all emergency and security services in Belgium. The Zao Android App was developed by Soliton Systems to enable high quality and reliable encrypted live video streaming from both the integrated cameras on Tactilon Dabat device, even when there is low signal strength or congestion caused by many users.

Live evidence gathering

These VMS systems are typically deployed in command and control centres and use a standard called ONVIF that we are compliant with"

Shinya Hyakutake, Senior VP of Mobil Broadcasting from Soliton Systems said “The app is very simple to use but it has a lot of rich features under the cover. We are both encrypting and compressing the video using the latest video compression of H.265 with the ability to quickly live stream to existing video management systems.”

These VMS systems are typically deployed in command and control centres and use a standard called ONVIF that we are compliant with. We have an innovative road map going forward and ultimately we see the ability for this app to both enhance and replace body worn cameras that are currently in use.”

Video streaming for emergency services can provide a rich source of information for many different applications from live evidence gathering, facial recognition, GPS location, covert operations, special operations, public safety, resource planning, emergency first aid and mobile surveillance. The other four shortlisted finalists for the critical app challenge was United Biometrics, Steerpath, NSION-Core and BIG.

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