Spirent Finds LTE Devices for Public Safety Have Room for Improvement

Spirent Communications plc (LSE:SPT), a provider of test, assurance, and analytics solutions for next-generation devices and networks, has announced critical findings from its LTE Device Speech Intelligibility Benchmark Analysis, the company said.

The findings in the report show that phrase misunderstandings can occur in mission-critical communications scenarios up to almost 50 percent of the time, even when using devices that are marketed specifically for use by the public safety community.

As public safety networks transition to PS-LTE (Public Safety LTE), more handsets are entering the market. Spirent conducted testing of a representative sample of these handsets in its Maryland-based Performance Center – a world-class testing facility that specializes in evaluating the communications performance of voice, video and data devices. As part of the test process, the company evaluated speech intelligibility in four commercially available devices.

Testing emulated use within a quiet environment, followed by six emulated first-responder noise environments including a nightclub, emergency siren and a fire-rescue situation utilizing a saw.

Spirent Communications offers test, measurement, analytics and assurance solutions for next-generation devices and networks. The company provides products, services and information for high-speed Ethernet, positioning and mobile network infrastructure markets, with expanding focus on service assurance, cybersecurity and 5G. Spirent is accelerating the transition of connected devices, network equipment and applications from development labs to the operational network, as it continues to innovate toward fully automated testing and autonomous service assurance solutions.