Samsung Electronics today announced that it successfully demonstrated the usability and reliability of its Public Safety LTE (PS-LTE) solutions during comprehensive testing in Pyeongchang, Korea. The solution is an advanced means of communication for emergency situations.
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Communication between different response teams in emergencies is still a big problem. PS-LTE is trying to solve that.
Today’s test is part of the Korean government’s official verification process for the first phase of a PS-LTE network project. During the test, 20 departments from eight fields, including medical, police, fire protection, military and government services, used the same PS-LTE network deployed by Samsung and responded in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
“Through the successful demonstration, we showed our PS-LTE end-to-end innovation and stability by using the actual PS-LTE network, soon to serve public safety in live situations.” said Dong Soo Park, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Networks business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re thrilled to see that Samsung’s technical leadership can contribute to ensuring people’s safety in Korea,” he added.
During the test, various PS-LTE communications were demonstrated, such as instant messaging in emergency situations, voice calling by multiple groups, voice/video Push-To-Talk (PTT) communication and video conferencing between field and command center utilizing the PS-LTE network deployed in the area.
For example, during the virtual simulation, a situation was created to test the response to a fire, explosion or building collapse at an international event. Based on the steps of SOP, a volunteer called 911, and a responsible organization then reported the situation to all relevant groups instantly. The first responders arriving at the site delivered the message regarding the real-time situation through video-calling or HD group-calling, after which every organization would perform their own rescue operations organically based on the steps taken above.
Samsung was selected as a sole provider of the PS-LTE end-to-end solutions by the Korean government in January 2016. For this event, Samsung provided 700 MHz base stations, a virtualized core solution including key PS-LTE features, such as IMS and PTT, as well as rugged-type smartphones.
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Following today’s event, the Korean government’s PS-LTE network will be launched in four cities beginning this month. The government will continue expanding the coverage until it provides a nationwide PS-LTE service.