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January 13, 2017 |  Comments
An annual FCC report identifies eight states and Puerto Rico as diverting a portion of collected 9-1-1 fees for non-9-1-1 related purposes in 2015. Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Washington, and West Virginia used a portion of their 9-1-1/E9-1-1 funds to support non-9-1-1-related public-safety programs. Illinois, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico used a portion of their 9-1-1/E9-1-1 funds for either non-public-safety or unspecified uses.

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January 09, 2017 |  Comments
Tero Pesonen, chair of the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA) Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG), discusses the public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) broadband market.

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January 09, 2017 |  Comments
BearCom is planning to deploy a temporary MOTOTRBO Linked Capacity Plus system for the Presidential Inauguration Committee to cover venues used during the upcoming presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

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January 03, 2017 |  Comments
As the consumer wearable market continues to grow, companies and organizations in other sectors are looking to take that technology and apply it to their sectors. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) is attempting to tap innovation in the consumer market to keep first responders safer and make them more effective with its EMERGE accelerator program.

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December 20, 2016 |  Comments
Industry acquisitions and consolidation dominated headlines during 2016 with readers viewing these topics more than other news during 2016. Motorola Solutions' acquisition of Spillman Technologies in September led the list followed by Hytera Communications’ US$92 million offer for Sepura last week.

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December 16, 2016 |  Comments
Chinese professional mobile radio (PMR) provider Hytera Communications made a binding offer to buy U.K.-based PMR technology company Sepura for 20 pence (US$0.25) in cash per Sepura share. The acquisition values the entire issued share capital of Sepura at about £74 million (US$92 million). Hytera confirmed to the Sepura board of directors that the offer is solely in cash, and the Sepura board recommended that the offer be accepted.

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December 13, 2016 |  Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) outreach and consultation team outlined in more detail the exact information that will be included in state plans and how that information will be delivered to state officials after a contract is awarded.

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December 06, 2016 |  Comments
Public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) took center stage at a joint European Telecommunications Standards Institute-European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (ETSI-CEPT) workshop in September. CEPT is also involved in cross-border coordination, future railway communications and PMR/LTE synergies.



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December 05, 2016 |  Comments
While there was optimism that the approaching announcement of a national partner by FirstNet would turn the national public-safety broadband network into a reality, Rivada Mercury's pre-award protest of the request for proposals (RFP) and a changing presidential administration promise more uncertainty for public safety.

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December 02, 2016 |  Comments
AT&T announced in a Securities and Exchange Comission (SEC) filing Dec. 2 that it was informed by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) that it is a bidder within the "competitive range" for a contract award under FirstNet's request for proposals (RFP). On Nov. 21, Rivada Mercury filed a pre-award protest of the FirstNet RFP, saying the Department of Interior (DOI) made an “unlawful decision to exclude Rivada Mercury’s proposal from the competitive range for the award.”

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November 29, 2016 |  Comments
Mission-critical communications groups disagreed with internet of things (IoT) users in comments filed with the FCC regarding the 800 MHz expansion and guard bands. Public-safety and critical infrastructure industries (CII) associations touted the need for incumbent priority access to the spectrum, while IoT companies said new entrants would more effectively use the spectrum.

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November 08, 2016 |  Comments
In comments to the FCC regarding modified 700 MHz narrowband channel rules for Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) compliance and vehicular repeater systems (VRS), public-safety associations offered continued support for P25 CAP and VRS, and Motorola Solutions filed a petition for partial reconsideration.

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November 04, 2016 |  Comments
Although the concept of IoT is just beginning to surface as a household phrase, the concept isn’t new. It has been around for many decades, in what I will term the “internet of things that matter,” things such as remote controlling compressors that deliver natural gas to New York City, analyzing pressures and flows on an oil pipeline in real time to detect even small leaks, inter-linking circuit breakers at various substations to react quickly to prevent a fault from escalating to a larger area and others.

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November 03, 2016 |  Comments
A U.K. Home Office official declined to confirm the country’s timeline to launch public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) services has slipped, but said the network rollout “will take as long as it will take so users are comfortable with services.”

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November 01, 2016 |  Comments
FirstNet announced last week it will not make its original Nov. 1 deadline for awarding its RFP, while a U.K. official said quality is more important than timing for the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN). With projects of this size and scope — and as the first in the world of their kind — it’s better to get them right than to meet unrealistic deadlines.

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