Built in 2018, the PSCR Innovation Laboratory is focused on next-generation communication capabilities for first responders.
The PSCR lab maintains a modernized private network with high-density virtual servers that host an Evolved Packet Core (EPC), IP Multimedia System (IMS), and Mission Critical Push-To-Talk (MCPTT) application server. The EPC establishes voice and data connections between a variety of user devices, the IMS delivers streaming media content to the network, and the MCPTT application server enables MCPTT over the LTE. PSCR duplicates live telecommunications air traffic using base stations (eNodeBs) from multiple vendors and load testing simulators to generate heavy call traffic like that experienced during an emergency situation. The lab includes two large RF chambers that provide an isolated environment to test Band 14 devices and other bands as needed. The remote Green Mountain tower network extension allows testing of P25 phase 1 and 2, as well as interoperability testing between 700MHz LMR and LTE networks. The lab enables Mission Critical Voice (MCV) Quality of Experience (QOE) measurement systems for MCPTT as well.
Outside of the lab’s core network, PSCR tests multiple rapidly deployable networks including aerial drone-based systems, which achieve portable communication technology in remote areas.
A dedicated area for virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) development allows PSCR to test how innovative user interfaces (UIs) can assist first responders in realistic emergency scenarios. In addition, a state-of-the-art lidar backpack allows PSCR to map location indoors with point clouds, which may be integrated into UIs. Finally, PSCR’s lab contains equipment that will allow us to test the accuracy of indoor localization systems.
The lab hosts frequent high-profile visitors, conducting tours and demos on critical communications research areas. The PSCR Innovation Laboratory is fully equipped to enhance tomorrow’s public safety leading-edge communication capabilities.