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January 19, 2017 | Comments
Airbus Defence and Space was awarded a contract to supply satellite communications systems for UGAP, the French public procurement agency. The four-year contract covers the supply of equipment and services for fixed and mobile satellite communications in the Ku and Ka frequency bands.



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January 19, 2017 | Comments
In a public notice, the FCC provided guidance for commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers to file periodic enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) location accuracy live call data reports as required by the commission’s rules. The notice includes guidance with instructions and a standard form for CMRS providers to use in filing such reports.



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January 18, 2017 | Comments
Spok expanded its Minneapolis/St. Paul presence by about 45 percent, with the addition of more than 60 employees during the next two years, the majority of which will be added during 2017. As part of Spok's ongoing capital allocation strategy, which includes making key strategic investments in its product solutions and infrastructure, the company is increasing its team to enhance Spok Care Connect, a healthcare communications platform.



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January 18, 2017 | Comments
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the “Standard Channel Nomenclature for Public Safety Interoperability Channels” as revised in 2017. The standard, an update of earlier joint work accomplished by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, identifies common channel names for all FCC-designated nationwide interoperability channels.



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January 17, 2017 | Comments
xG Technology closed on the acquisition of Vislink Communication Systems and established a formal transition date of the business of Feb. 2. The mutually agreed upon transition date allows for Vislink shareholders to approve amendments to the existing agreements executed Dec. 16.



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January 17, 2017 | Comments
Frequentis’ Location Information Service (LIS) provided situational awareness for ground control stations during NASA’s latest unmanned aircraft system (UAS) traffic management (UTM) flight tests at Reno Stead Airport in Nevada. Drone Co-Habitation Services (DCS), partnering with Frequentis, participated in NASA-led testing to track flight missions and facilitate air traffic management of drones.



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January 17, 2017 | Comments
Raytheon developed the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX), with the completion of the factory qualification test of the launch and checkout system (LCS). GPS OCX will unleash increased performance and security of the GPS system that benefits millions of people worldwide.



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January 17, 2017 | Comments
Hillsborough County (Florida) 9-1-1 Administration selected Airbus DS Communications’ 9-1-1 solution to put the county on a path to implementing next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1). Airbus DS Communications will also install an IP network that will allow for greater redundancy and resiliency.



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January 17, 2017 | Comments
Lincoln County, Oregon, selected Federal Engineering to develop a public-safety communications system plan to enhance interoperable communications among public-safety agencies in the county.



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January 17, 2017 | Comments
A total of 46 states and territories provided data to the National 911 Program and National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) to measure and report their progress in implementing advanced 9-1-1 systems using innovative technology and operations. The respondent number is an increase from 42 states in 2015.



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January 17, 2017 | Comments
Relm Wireless announced a number of leadership changes. Tim Vitou was promoted to president, while David Storey, who has served as president and CEO of Relm Wireless, will leave the company.



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January 17, 2017 | Comments
RapidSOS announced agreements with several public-safety companies.



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January 17, 2017 | Comments
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is inviting applications to participate in the April auction of spectrum licenses in the 700 MHz band that remained unsold following the 2013 digital dividend auction.



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January 13, 2017 | Comments
A multiyear project to upgrade the Collin County, Texas, public-safety and government radio system is entering its third and final phase. Black & Veatch will provide the system implementation, acceptance testing and cutover support for the county and its 25 public-safety partner agencies and departments.



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January 13, 2017 | Comments
DAMM Cellular Systems appointed Gilson Pozzati as South American regional manager based in Sao Paolo, Brazil.



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January 13, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted a limited waiver of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) rules to permit participating commercial mobile service (CMS) providers to participate in a WEA test conducted by federal agencies for a dress rehearsal for the president inauguration.



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January 13, 2017 | Comments
Cobb Electric Membership Corp. (Cobb EMC), an electric utility company based in Marietta, Georgia, reached an agreement with PowerTrunk, part of the Sepura Group, to upgrade and expand its digital TETRA two-way radio communications network.



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January 12, 2017 | Comments
Airbus Defence and Space entered into an agreement to sell its 49 percent share in Atlas Elektronik Group to thyssenkrupp based in Essen, Germany. With the acquisition, thyssenkrupp, which to date has held a 51 percent share in the company, will become the sole owner of Atlas Elektronik.



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January 12, 2017 | Comments
Rivada Networks was awarded a further patent for its signature enhanced location-based solution technology. The new patent further improves Rivada’s eLBS technology, which allows a mobile or internet of things (IoT) device to improve its position using a unique triangulation procedure.



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January 12, 2017 | Comments
Vienna Airport invested in TETRA radio equipment from Hytera Mobilfunk and required the integration of TETRA systems into the existing IT landscape.



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January 12, 2017 | Comments
LaaSer Critical Communications’ proprietary caller location determination technology received a second U.S. patent. The new patent builds on LaaSer's original patent, covering the systems and methods of the company's call location and routing technology.



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January 12, 2017 | Comments
The FCC announced a settlement valued in excess of $100 million with Straight Path Communications to resolve an investigation of Straight Path’s failure to deploy wireless services as required under its FCC spectrum licenses.



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January 12, 2017 | Comments
The 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) said band reconfiguration is complete in a total of 40 National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) regions and American Samoa in its quarterly progress report for the quarter ended Sept. 30. During the third quarter of 2016, physical retuning was completed for 100 percent of Canadian border Stage 2 frequency reconfiguration agreements (FRAs).



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January 11, 2017 | Comments
NICE Systems intends to offer $225 million aggregate principal amount of exchangeable senior notes due 2024 in a private placement. The exchangeable notes will be general unsecured obligations of NICE Systems, guaranteed by the company.



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January 11, 2017 | Comments
Mantaro and Beeper Group entered into a letter of intent to further advance their products through the integration of their proprietary technologies. The partnership will allow the companies to better serve their public safety, first responder and commercial customers, a statement said.



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January 11, 2017 | Comments
The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) launched two industrywide certification programs: telecommunications tower technician 1 (TTT-1) and telecommunications tower technician 2 (TTT-2).



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January 11, 2017 | Comments
Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, announced the chairs of the six subcommittees in the 115th Congress.



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January 10, 2017 | Comments
xG Technology regained full compliance with all listing requirements of the Nasdaq Stock Market.



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January 10, 2017 | Comments
A Seattle hotel deployed a communications system from Zello and Pryme Radio Products.



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January 10, 2017 | Comments
The Monroe County Control Center in Pennsylvania selected Tyler Technologies’ New World public-safety CAD solution. The agreement includes software implementation, training, data file conversion and emergency 24/7 CAD maintenance.



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January 10, 2017 | Comments
Swissphone appointed Graeme Hull as director of market development. Hull will assist the existing team in Windsor, Colorado, to build on Swissphone's successes in the North American market and plan future strategy for growth in other markets.



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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
Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) scheduled two webinars to provide information and discuss important considerations for its $30 million public-safety research and development (R&D) funding program announced last month.



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January 09, 2017 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determined that U.S. election infrastructure should be designated as a subsector of the existing government facilities critical infrastructure sector.



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January 09, 2017 | Comments
The FCC is seeking comment on a request by the state of Maine Public Utilities Commission for assistance in resolving a conflict related to the implementation of text to 9-1-1 via message session relay protocol (MSRP) service in Maine.



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January 06, 2017 | Comments
Daniel Devasirvatham will retire from Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Jan 9. He was program manager, critical infrastructure protection, national and homeland security for INL.



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January 06, 2017 | Comments
House Rep. Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee was named chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman’s subcommittee on communications and technology. Vice chairman is Rep. Leonard Lance from New Jersey.



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January 06, 2017 | Comments
Hytera Communications shareholders approved the previously announced acquisition of Sepura during an extraordinary meeting of shareholders held 5 January.



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January 05, 2017 | Comments
The Roanoke City Schools in Alabama purchased the COPsync911 threat-alert system, which safeguards schools and other high-risk buildings.



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January 05, 2017 | Comments
Solacom Technologies appointed Nancy MacDonald as vice president business development. MacDonald joins Solacom with more than 20 years of experience in technology development, partner relationships, management, marketing and sales.



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January 05, 2017 | Comments
Aviat Networks announced that it attained ISO 27001 security certification, the only internationally recognized standard for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). This verifies that Aviat's primary and backup network operation centers (NOCs) have the infrastructure and processes to protect customer information and equipment assets with a high degree of security.



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January 05, 2017 | Comments
The Radio Club of America (RCA) created a new section on radioclubofamerica.org called “Wireless Women” designed to assist women considering careers in wireless and encouraging girls to get involved with technology.



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January 05, 2017 | Comments
President Barack Obama sent several nominations to the Senate, including Jessica Rosenworcel’s reappointment as an FCC commissioner. The former commissioner's term expired Dec. 31, and she was not confirmed for another one by the 114th Congress.



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January 05, 2017 | Comments
The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) announced that Black & Veatch joined as its newest member.



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January 05, 2017 | Comments
Fire Chief Gerald Reardon was elected chairman of SAFECOM, a mission-guided and stakeholder-supported public-safety communications program of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC). Chief Reardon, a long-time member of SAFECOM, is a chief engineer commanding the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Fire Department, where he has served in various capacities for nearly 40 years.



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January 05, 2017 | Comments
TecNet International, supplier of TecNet and Maxon branded two-way radios and wireless data products, changed its name to Maxon America effective Jan. 1. Along with the change in company name, all product lines will be branded with the Maxon name.



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January 05, 2017 | Comments
Nineteen local governments in Georgia filed lawsuits against telephone service providers alleging they failed to properly bill, collect, report and remit 9-1-1 charges that help fund 9-1-1 emergency service operations. The suits were brought under a Georgia law that permits local governments to audit the books and records of service suppliers related to the collection and remittance of 9-1-1 charges.



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January 04, 2017 | Comments
Zetron donated $4,500 to this year’s Hopelink holiday food drive. The contribution includes donations from Zetron employees and matching funds from the company.



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January 04, 2017 | Comments
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) released results of the 2017 board of directors election.



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January 04, 2017 | Comments
In her exiting statement, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel cited public-safety issues at the top of her list of accomplishments.



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January 04, 2017 | Comments
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) pushed the closing date for its public-safety broadband network request for proposals (RFP) to Jan. 31.



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January 04, 2017 | Comments
Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) launched the E2mC project, which aims to demonstrate the technical and operational feasibility of integrating social media analysis and crowd-sourced information within both the mapping and early warning components of Copernicus EMS.



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January 03, 2017 | Comments
The Columbus Police Department began deployment of WatchGuard body-worn cameras after the Columbus City Council approved a contract in December.



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January 03, 2017 | Comments
Harris completed the previously announced sale of its CapRock Communications commercial business to SpeedCast International for $425 million in cash. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to pay down debt and return cash to shareholders.



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January 03, 2017 | Comments
J. Michael Kennedy joined Federal Engineering as vice president of sales, continuing the expansion of the company’s next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1)/public-safety answering point (NG911/PSAP) practice.



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January 03, 2017 | Comments
Westell Technologies received approval from the NASDAQ Stock Market to transfer the listing of the company’s common stock to the Nasdaq Capital Market from the Nasdaq Global Select Market.



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January 03, 2017 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) released a draft Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Bulletin (CAB) to “to stop the practice of manufacturers providing subscriber units with a non-P25 standard encryption without also including P25 standard AES 256 encryption.



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January 03, 2017 | Comments
The PCTEL board of directors appointed David Neumann as CEO. Neumann had been serving as the senior vice president and general manager of the company's RF Solutions group.



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