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February 24, 2017 | Comments
A federal judge will hear oral arguments in Rivada Mercury’s pre-award protest of the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) contract award March 3 at the National Courts Building in Washington, D.C.



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February 24, 2017 | Comments
The Project 25 (P25) Technology Interest Group (PTIG) announced that RF Technology and RF Technology Americas are new PTIG corporate members.



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February 24, 2017 | Comments
Airbus and Erillisverkot, the operator of the nationwide public-safety radio network VIRVE, will supply TETRA radio communications for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships’ security in the Finnish city of Lahti. Event organizers, volunteers, the police and rescue workers will use the secure and reliable communications infrastructure to ensure efficient procedures.



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February 24, 2017 | Comments
MS-Spectelecom notified Hytera that it won a €6.3 million (US$6.7 million) contract to supply TETRA systems to secure and facilitate the upcoming 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup in different cities of Russia.



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February 24, 2017 | Comments
Spanish carrier Telefónica, Huawei and Kamstrup deployed their first project with a water utility’s data using narrowband internet of things (NB IoT) technology. One of the leading water utilities in Chile tested connectivity management of a telemetry solution for residential water meters.



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February 24, 2017 | Comments
The Project 25 (P25) Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-8 group is working to add a new standard for a TDMA control channel to P25 air interfaces. The standard, which was approved for ballot, provides the messages and procedures for operating a 12.5-kilohertz channel with two TDMA slots where either or both may service control channel traffic.



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February 24, 2017 | Comments
The critical communications Long Term Evolution (LTE) market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent, from $1.1 billion in 2015 to $2.6 billion in 2020, according to IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. The total addressable market for private LTE is compounded by increasing revenues from both devices and eNodeBs shipped for use on private networks.



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February 23, 2017 | Comments
The Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications Systems Authority (BayRICS) and the city of Boston submitted an amicus brief asking the U.S. Court of Federal Claims to resolve Rivada Mercury’s pre-award protest of the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) contract award for a nationwide public-safety broadband network as quickly as possible.



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February 23, 2017 | Comments
PrecisionHawk selected Sierra Wireless embedded modules to enable global Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity for its Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety (LATAS) platform, which enables safe drone operation on a broad scale.



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February 23, 2017 | Comments
The Next Generation 911 Institute (NG911 Institute) announced the winners of the 14th annual 9-1-1 honor awards.



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February 23, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted waivers to two municipalities to expand the coverage areas of their travelers information stations (TIS).



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February 23, 2017 | Comments
The FCC authorized the first Long Term Evolution for unlicensed (LTE-U) devices in the 5 GHz band.



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February 23, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released its annual report to Congress. This month marks the fifth anniversary of the legislation that created FirstNet.



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February 22, 2017 | Comments
Two European Union (EU) peacekeeping organizations deployed a fleet management solution from Globalstar Europe Satellite Services, a subsidiary of Globalstar. Both organizations have responsibility for maintaining law and order, as well as carrying out judiciary, policing duties and border patrol in their regions.



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February 22, 2017 | Comments
Diamond Communications entered an exclusive partnership agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway for the railway’s U.S. properties, which will include both the construction of cellular communications towers along its about 3,100 miles of rights-of-way and marketing its existing 134 communications towers for collocation.



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February 22, 2017 | Comments
Tata Steel selected Sepura, in conjunction with Dutch distributor Abiom, to provide a complete TETRA communications network for its flagship site in the Netherlands. The IJmuiden steel plant is Tata Steel’s largest, spanning 7.5msquare kilometers and producing up to 7 million metric tons per year.



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February 22, 2017 | Comments
The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program released its third technology road map, the latest on enhanced user interfaces for public safety.



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February 22, 2017 | Comments
GE Digital, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies demonstrated a private Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for the industrial internet of things (IIoT) market, meshing together each company’s platforms and technologies. In addition, the companies plan to conduct live field trials throughout 2017 based on this demonstration, designed to advance the digitization of industrial processes.



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February 21, 2017 | Comments
James Walton was appointed president of IMT, the new legal entity created by the acquisition of Vislink by xG Technology. Walton, who previously served as the CEO of Vislink, will assume responsibility for the management of Vislink offices located in the United Kingdom and all IMT and Vislink business operations outside of the Americas.



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February 21, 2017 | Comments
Bittium, which manufactures a rugged smartphone for public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, reported fourth quarter and full-year 2016 financial results.



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February 21, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted Sprint a waiver to deploy 800 MHz wideband operations in the portions of the National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) region 3 in Arizona where rebanding has been completed, even though it has not been completed in the entire region. The waiver is subject to the same conditions that apply to the same waiver in other parts of the county.



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February 21, 2017 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) and Utilities Technology Council (UTC) filed applications for review of the FCC’s order granting Higher Ground an earth station (ES) license. In January, the FCC granted Higher Ground’s application, with conditions, for a nationwide license to operate mobile ES transmitters in the fixed service 6 GHz band despite filings from numerous mission-critical communications organizations , including EWA, in opposition.



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February 21, 2017 | Comments
The National 911 Program and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) announced that summaries of 9-1-1-related state legislation enacted during 2016 are now available on the NCSL website.



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February 21, 2017 | Comments
The Rainbow Radio League, a not-for-profit organization in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, is working with local high school students to teach them about the use of high-frequency (HF) radio in an emergency and as a hobby. The Rainbow Radio League uses HF and VHF radio communications equipment from Barrett Communications.



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February 21, 2017 | Comments
The FCC’s Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA) released a trio of resources intended to assist public-safety answering points (PSAPs) with the transition to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) in December. Representatives from TFOPA and the FCC detailed the resources and offered advice for the NG 9-1-1 transition during a webinar hosted by the National 911 Program.



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February 17, 2017 | Comments
The filing of a pair of documents Feb. 16 marked the final scheduled deadline in Rivada Mercury’s pre-award protest of the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) contract award for a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).



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February 17, 2017 | Comments
Verizon announced that it purchased Skyward, which develops drone operations management software. Skyward’s drone operations management software will become part of Verizon’s internet of things (IoT) portfolio. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.



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February 16, 2017 | Comments
Harris was selected to supply a next-generation VoIP communications system to support the republic of Turkey’s air traffic management (ATM) services. Devlet Hava Meydanlari Isletmesi (DHMI), Turkey’s air navigation service provider (ANSP), conducted the review.



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February 16, 2017 | Comments
Ceragon Networks reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31.



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February 16, 2017 | Comments
Airbus Defence and Space will equip the 53rd Munich Security Conference with a secure professional mobile radio (PMR) network together with TETRA network operator Stadtwerke München.



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February 16, 2017 | Comments
The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) helped 1,500 public-safety officers from the city of Pasadena and the county of Los Angeles patrol and secure the Tournament of Roses Parade route by blending new technologies with trusted radio systems.



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February 15, 2017 | Comments
A new report on video analytics is available. The first Video Analytics in Public Safety (VAPS) Workshop was held last June in San Diego as a satellite workshop of the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Broadband Stakeholder Meeting. Prior to the workshop, focus group panels from different communities of interest prepared joint presentations regarding the state of the practice/art, challenges, issues, needs and ideas from their community's perspective.



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February 15, 2017 | Comments
Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) published a new white paper titled "Smart Borders Revisited: An Assessment of the Commission’s Revised Smart Border Proposal by the European Parliament.



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February 15, 2017 | Comments
AT&T plans nationwide deployment of its LTE-M network for the internet of things (IoT) ahead of schedule in second quarter of 2017. The carrier also plans LTE-M availability in Mexico by the end of the year.



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February 15, 2017 | Comments
Tait Communications appointed Andrew Gill to its leadership team as managing director of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.



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February 15, 2017 | Comments
Fourteen entities filed comments regarding a request by the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) to initiate an FCC proceeding to address issues related to how smartphone 9-1-1 applications interface with 9-1-1 systems.



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February 15, 2017 | Comments
The TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA) defined the key focus points for governments looking to implement public-safety networks based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) in a new white paper. Spectrum, security, ownership and funding are the four critical areas that governments must consider for their public-safety users.



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February 14, 2017 | Comments
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally recognized several Rave Mobile Safety technologies through the award of both Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology (SAFETY) Act Designation and SAFETY Act Certification.



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February 14, 2017 | Comments
The city and county of San Francisco selected Federal Engineering to support the implementation of its new 800 MHz public-safety radio system.



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February 14, 2017 | Comments
The European Commission is supporting four project teams working on European interoperability for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) organizations.



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February 13, 2017 | Comments
Chris Essid was selected as a regional coordination supervisor (East) in the DHS Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP). Essid will begin this new role when he completes his Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience (SECIR) director detail Feb. 20.



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February 13, 2017 | Comments
Genaker entered the Philippines with an agreement with mobile operator PLDT. PLDT integrated the voice service of Genaker push to talk (PTT), based on IP technology, with a service for professional communications that supports the coordination and communications between incident centers and public security and emergency teams in towns in the Philippines.



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February 13, 2017 | Comments
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Germany opened a Maritime Safety and Security Center with new IT solutions, media technology and dedicated furniture. Frequentis acted as the technical prime contractor.



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February 13, 2017 | Comments
The FCC announced that for four weeks, from Feb. 2 to March 2, version 3.0 of the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) will be open for testing and production use.



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February 10, 2017 | Comments
Sierra Wireless reported results for its fourth quarter and full year, ending December 31, 2016.



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February 10, 2017 | Comments
The Government Wireless Technology and Communications Association (GWTCA) announced Mike Newburn as a new member of its board of directors.



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February 10, 2017 | Comments
In a cost estimate of S. 102, Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act of 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the bill would increase the FCC’s administrative costs by less than $500,000.



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February 09, 2017 | Comments
Westell Technologies announced results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended Dec. 31.



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February 09, 2017 | Comments
Aviat Networks reported financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter ended Dec. 30.



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February 09, 2017 | Comments
Taser International announced two acquisitions to launch a new artificial intelligence group called Axon AI. The acquired technologies and team of about 20 researchers and engineers will accelerate the introduction of new AI-powered capabilities for public safety. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed.



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February 09, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions announced it will supply the federal public-safety organizations in Germany with TETRA digital radio solutions for three more years. The contract with the Central Procurement Office of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior (Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministeriums des Innern) includes the delivery of about 30,000 TETRA digital radio terminals, accessories, software and services.



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February 09, 2017 | Comments
As previously announced, Finland and Norway signed a letter of intent to connect national public-safety networks using the TETRA Inter-System Interface (ISI).



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February 09, 2017 | Comments
Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) expects to complete construction on four LMR sites by the beginning of March, and three of those sites are under construction. In its monthly newsletter, LA-RICS said an additional seven LMR sites are targeted for completion in May.



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February 09, 2017 | Comments
Sepura shareholders voted to approve the recommended cash offer made by Bidco, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hytera Communications, to acquire the entire share capital of Sepura.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
Raytheon and Utilidata formed a strategic alliance to help power utilities proactively detect, defend against and respond to cyber threats.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police forces contracted Taser International and its U.K. subsidiary, Axon Public Safety UK, for 2,200 body-worn cameras and 196 cameras. The police forces also secured a two-year subscription to a storage cloud solution.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) selected CNC Technologies, an aviation technology and wireless communications company, to deploy an aerial video and data streaming video mission suite on the FDLE's King Air 350 multi-engine aircraft.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
The new TETRA network in South Tyrol, Italy, successfully supported public-safety organizations during the Biathlon World Cup 2017 in Antholz and Anterselva in late January.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Trustonic joined together to address internet of things (IoT) security challenges. The IoT Cybersecurity Alliance will research and raise awareness of ways to better secure the IoT ecosystem.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) released “The Road Ahead: The Next Generation of Mobility” public policy road map that provides policy recommendations on how to advance the research and deployment of transformational and intelligent transportation technologies.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
Austin, Texas; Indianapolis; Miami; Orlando, Florida; and Philadelphia are the five winners of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant program. More than 130 cities were involved in the application process.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
Spanish company Genaker was awarded a €1.3 million (US$1.4 million) grant for innovation from the European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 Programme with the highest score of the 2,000 participating companies. Genaker will use the grant to bring its mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) solution to market.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
New Jersey Transit added South Korean LMR firm Unimo Technology as a vendor for mission-critical TETRA portable radios.



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February 08, 2017 | Comments
pdvWireless reported its third fiscal quarter results for the period ended Dec. 31, 2016, and offered insight into future opportunities including unlicensed spectrum.



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February 07, 2017 | Comments
Bird aligned its array of products under the Bird brand following the acquisitions of DeltaNode, X-COM Systems and TX RX Systems.



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February 07, 2017 | Comments
Houston Public Media's digital broadcast spectrum and datacasting technology securely delivered live video to the city of Houston's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Harris County Sheriff's Department and other public-safety offices during the Super Bowl. The technology helped agencies share vital information on crowd management and communicate efficiently and effectively in real time.



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February 07, 2017 | Comments
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) released the second edition of the “NATE Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Around Vertical Communications Infrastructure” resource document.



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February 06, 2017 | Comments
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) President Robert F. Powelson appointed Idaho Public Utilities Commissioner (PUC) Paul Kjellander as chair of the association’s Committee on Telecommunications. He succeeds former chair, Chris Nelson, of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.



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February 06, 2017 | Comments
The FCC retracted a white paper on cybersecurity released under former Chairman Tom Wheeler’s tenure.



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February 06, 2017 | Comments
The 9-1-1 Location Technologies Test Bed, an independent entity established by CTIA, invited vendors of location accuracy technologies to participate in stage three of the 9-1-1 indoor location technologies test bed.



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February 06, 2017 | Comments
The European Union (EU)-funded BroadMap announced the Final BroadMap Workshop will be held 6 April in Brussels. The 12-month project is aimed at establishing a core set of specifications and a roadmap for procurement to achieve future evolution towards EU interoperable broadband applications and radio communications solutions.



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February 06, 2017 | Comments
Lawmakers and witnesses were generally favorable to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) laboratory, located in Boulder, Colorado, during a House communications subcommittee hearing Feb. 2. The hearing covered reauthorizing the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which oversees federal spectrum.



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February 03, 2017 | Comments
Nokia reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 financial results.



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February 03, 2017 | Comments
PowerTrunk, part of the Sepura Group, announced the first TETRA radio communications system for the U.S. territory of Guam. Local wireless provider iCONNECT is deploying the TETRA system as it begins a process to replace the island’s iDEN network.



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February 03, 2017 | Comments
South Korean operator SK Telecom and Nokia jointly developed a mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) solution, a next-generation PTT communications technology over voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE). The companies demonstrated the solution at Nokia's research and development (R&D) center in Kraków, Poland.



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February 03, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) released publications on radio interoperability and encryption.



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February 03, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions reports earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2016. For the fourth quarter, sales increased 12 percent, including $124 million in sales from Airwave in the United Kingdom.



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February 02, 2017 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a pilot program designed to dramatically increase the transparency of commission rulemakings. For the first time, the chairman is releasing to the public the full text of documents he circulated to his fellow commissioners for a vote at the FCC’s next open meeting Feb. 23.



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February 02, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released a video offering more information on the state plans.



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February 02, 2017 | Comments
Harris reported revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 of $1.7 billion compared with $1.75 billion in the prior year, down 3 percent. GAAP income from continuing operations was $168 million compared with $197 million in the prior year.



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February 02, 2017 | Comments
The House subcommittee on energy kicked off its first hearing of the 115th Congress examining the electricity sector’s efforts to respond to cybersecurity threats.



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February 01, 2017 | Comments
SafeRail Congress returns for a seventh year at the Georgetown University Hotel in Washington, D.C. April 11 – 12.



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February 01, 2017 | Comments
Katharine Morgan began serving as president of ASTM International, a standards development organization. Morgan will lead a team that supports thousands of members, customers, partners and other stakeholders worldwide.



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February 01, 2017 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), an association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, added four new executives.



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February 01, 2017 | Comments
Critical communications alerting company Everbridge announced that it acquired IDV Solutions, a provider of threat assessment and operational visualization software.



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February 01, 2017 | Comments
American Messaging Services acquired the paging assets of Critical Alert Systems and its affiliated entities. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.



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February 01, 2017 | Comments
Sepura was awarded a contract for almost 20,000 radios by the Free State of Thuringia, the 11th of the 16 German states to opt for Sepura TETRA solutions.



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February 01, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and other companies invested $14 million in Neurala, a software company that invented The Neurala Brain, a deep learning neural networks platform that is making smart products such as toys, cameras and self-driving cars more autonomous, interactive and useful.



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February 01, 2017 | Comments
AT&T is in “advanced” discussions with power companies and others to trial Project AirGig in at least two locations by the fourth quarter. One location will be in the United States with others to be determined in the coming months.



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