Critical Communications Today is dedicated to the global critical communications market. It aims to inspire and inform the critical communications community and is published with the support of TCCA. Initially launched in 2010 as TETRA Today, this publication provides technical advice, authoritative editorial and commentary spanning all areas of mission-critical communications.
This issue comes at a very special time for the industry given that it is 25 years since TCCA was founded as the TETRA MoU Association. For more on this see our coverage on page 9 and a Q&A with Tony Gray, TCCA’s chief executive, on page 24. It’s worth highlighting its work in concert with that of its members and other stakeholders to get mission-critical features standardised in 3GPP – which will serve as a strong foundation for our industry as we move into the mobile broadband era.
Speaking of which, do take the time to read our piece on what 5G will mean for critical communications on page 17. We also cover the ins and outs of event communications on page 14, while Barry Mansfield’s piece on Russia (in addition to its recent critical comms projects) on page 10 takes a look at how drones are coming to the aid of Siberia’s oil and gas industry.
Of course, the critical comms industry isn’t resting on the laurels of past victories and the flow of innovation continues, as you’ll see in an article on handheld terminals on page 32, albeit focused on hybrid devices and broadband services.