July 03, 2020
This report provides an overview of selected technical and operational issues associated with the implementation of Mission Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) using FirstNet, specifically focusing on consoles used by public safety agencies. New console technology will be required to access and control MCPTT features and capabilities. MCPTT consoles may exist in different form factors that are suitable for use in an ECC or at other fixed locations, including Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and hospitals. Portable and transportable versions of MCPTT consoles will be needed to provide communications support at the scene of a large-scale tactical incident or during disaster operations when cellular infrastructure is unavailable. The report highlights 6 important conclusions, including the need for first responders to understand the way MCPTT works and issues involving standards and interoperability.