In November 2019, PSCR awarded three applicants the Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program: Mission Critical Voice Test Equipment (PSIAP-MCVTE) funding opportunity totaling more than $6 million. The awards were given as cooperative agreements. The intent of the cooperative agreements is to support research and development around the creation of a simulator program to enable the necessary testing of Mission Critical Services (MCS) technology. The simulator will be expected to support Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) testing standards for Mission Critical Push To Talk (MCPTT), Mission Critical Video (MCVideo), and Mission Critical Data (MCData).
Wireless telecommunications service providers complete several overlapping testing processes prior to releasing new communications devices. These processes may include regulatory testing to meet government standards, various industry certifications, and testing within their own laboratories. While the test standards and procedures processes meet the needs for commercial devices, they cannot always ensure a device’s proper performance for public safety purposes. A missing piece in the overall process for public safety purposes is the existence of test equipment that supports MCS technology. The PSIAP-MCVTE funding opportunity aims to provide much needed test equipment that supports MCPTT, MCVideo and MCData.
To view a PDF of the full Notice of Funding Opportunity, click here. (Amended: 7/22/19)
View FAQs for the 2019 NIST PSIAP MCV Test Equipment award. (Updated: 7/22/19)
For any questions, contact PSCR@nist.gov with the subject line "MCVTE.