Redmond, WA, August 16, 2018 – Murus Cybersecurity, a specialized communications security consulting firm, and Zetron, a global leader in integrated mission-critical communications technology, today announced the award from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for new research to be conducted on Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Project 25 (P25) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) Mission Critical Push-to-Talk Interface Service.
Murus, a qualifying small business, has partnered with Zetron, a provider of LMR and LTE command and control solutions, to conduct the research funded by DHS S&T.
“LTE and mission critical push-to-talk technology has the promise to bring enormous benefits to first responders, enabling them to react to emergencies more quickly and safely,” said Gary Schluckbier, Managing Director for Murus Cybersecurity. “But these complex technologies could also potentially inhibit communications, as has been the unfortunate reality in past generations of new communications. Murus is excited to partner with Zetron in supporting S&T’s requirements to develop technology that will enable a standards-based Interworking Function (IWF) to seamlessly and securely connect first responders across disparate technologies and carriers.”
As the need for situational awareness between users of disparate systems and technologies increases, so too will the demand and subsequent development of interoperability solutions, which will enter the market with or without standards in place to guide them. Historically, proprietary solutions emerging in the absence of standards have significantly hindered longer term progress in building pervasive interoperability across communications platforms.
“Public Safety communications is transitioning from narrowband LMR to broadband LTE,” added Randy Richmond, Standards & Regulatory Specialist for Zetron working on the project. “But this transition will take time, so while the need for LMR/LMR interoperability is prevalent today, there will have to be LMR/LTE interoperability in the short term, and cross-carrier LTE/LTE interoperability in the future as the newer technology pervades.”
The in-depth research planned by Murus and Zetron aims to uncover the true state of relevant standards and identify key gaps where new standards are needed. Additionally, the companies plan to further collaborate on technology development for prototypes of proposed solutions in subsequent phases of the project.
About Murus Cybersecurity LLC
Murus Cybersecurity LLC is a technology and management consulting company specializing in securing complex wireless networks and devices at the edge. Its specialty is overcoming the complexity and dynamics of technology to provide mission critical systems that work for the end user and deliver business results.
About Zetron, Inc.
Zetron has been designing and manufacturing integrated mission-critical communications systems since 1980. Its offerings include NG9-1-1 call-taking, CAD, mapping, dispatch, voice logging, fire station alerting, and location service systems. They are expandable, interoperable, and able to support geo-diverse operations. What’s more, Zetron backs its products with technical support, training, and project- management services known for their skill and responsiveness. With offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, and a global network of partners, resellers, and system integrators, Zetron has installed thousands of systems and tens of thousands of console positions worldwide. Zetron is a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation. For more information, visit: www.zetron.com.