SECMP0024 Enduring Approach to Communication Hub Firmware Management

Proposer Rob Williams
Lead Analyst Joe Hehir
Date raised 27/10/2016
StageRefinement Process
Implementation date Unknown
Latest update On 4 June 2020, the TABASC recommended that option 2 of the DCC's Preliminary Assessment taken forward. However, it noted the costs seemed excessive. SECAS are seeking a breakdown of the implementation costs from the DCC.

What is the issue?

The Proposer notes that there is a lack of a process for managing firmware updates to Communications Hubs. This means that there is a significant risk that a Communications Hub firmware update with defects or interoperability issues could be deployed and activated to significant numbers of Communications Hubs.

What is the solution?

The Proposer seeks to develop and implement an agreed enduring process for the deployment and activation of Communications Hub firmware updates. This would see Suppliers being informed by the DCC when Communications Hub firmware updates are available and allow them to specify the date and time, within a period defined by the DCC, when these are deployed. The business requirements are to be assessed against two solution variants:
1. Use of Service Requests on the DCC User Interface Specification (DUIS) Interface; and
2. Use of a DCC operated Web Portal.

Who is impacted?

Large Suppliers
Small Suppliers


27 Oct 2016
Modification Proposal raised
09 Jan 2017
Working Group meeting
03 Jul 2017
Working Group meeting
02 Nov 2017
Working Group meeting
01 Mar 2018
Working Group meeting
28 Mar 2018
Update provided to the SSC
05 Nov 2018
17 Dec 2018
DCC Firmware Management Consultation
25 Feb 2019
Working Group meeting
18 Apr 2019
Update provided to the TABASC
24 Apr 2019
Update provided to the SSC
01 May 2019
Working Group meeting
17 May 2019
21 Feb 2020
DCC Preliminary Assessment
04 Jun 2020
Update provided to the TABASC

Modification documents

SECMP0024 DCC Preliminary Assessment v0.1
SECMP0024 business requirements
SECMP0024 May 2019 Working Group meeting summary
SECMP0024 February 2019 Working Group meeting summary
SECMP0024 Working Group summary Jul 17
SECMP0024 Working Group summary Jan 17
SECMP0024 Initial Modification Report
SECMP0024 Modification Proposal
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