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April 23, 2018 |  Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) technical staff in Boulder, Colorado, are testing and collaborating with partner AT&T, while also integrating equipment and conducting its own tests in the Innovation and Test Laboratory.

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April 17, 2018 |  Comments
Like many in public safety, I’ve been watching with great interest as manufacturers develop new and improved devices intended for use on public-safety networks that expand on previous versions’ functionality, survivability and overall suitability. Device features such as improved ruggedness, user-replaceable batteries and positive-locking accessory side connectors are major improvements as device manufacturers zero in on products that will work in the public-safety world.

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April 13, 2018 |  Comments
The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) staff is gearing up for the annual Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting with some big changes planned for the 2018 event. More than 450 attendees are expected to converge at the San Diego Convention Center Jun 5 – 8, said Dereck Orr, PSCR chief.

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April 10, 2018 |  Comments
The industry is in the midst of sweeping changes as it moves to an entirely new technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE). A new e-book from RadioResource Media Group gathers the most pressing challenges and benefits of the evolution in one resource.

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April 03, 2018 |  Comments
Executives provided further details about the devices certified for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network, with some new names and features joining the public-safety communications market.

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March 27, 2018 |  Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T launched the FirstNet evolved packet core (EPC), meeting the carrier’s goal to deliver the core by the end of March, a year after AT&T signed its 25-year contract to provide public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. FirstNet officials are still testing the core, and most FirstNet customers will be moved to the core by May.

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March 27, 2018 |  Comments
Both AT&T and Verizon announced plans for their respective public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) cores this week. Public-safety agencies now have the task of deciding which broadband data service best suits their needs.

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March 20, 2018 |  Comments
The Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) plans to begin Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) and Console Subscriber System Interface (CSSI) testing next year using the Department of Interior (DOI) test laboratory in Denver. Initial testing will consist of only conformance testing — not interoperability testing.

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March 13, 2018 |  Comments
AT&T plans to have two carrier-integrated mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) options for First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers and plans to release a request for proposals (RFP) later this year, said an AT&T executive.

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March 05, 2018 |  Comments
Push-to-talk (PTT) and, eventually, mission-critical PTT (MCPTT) services are foundational applications that will determine how the NPSBN is adopted and the impact on interoperability. The successful integration of PTT/MCPTT with disparate LMR and LTE networks is the biggest challenge to interoperability.

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February 27, 2018 |  Comments
At the end of 2017’s brutal hurricane season, Category 5 Hurricane Irma pummeled the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in September with wind speeds up to 185 miles per hour (mph), making it one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded. Not only were emergency personnel forced to flee their previously secure shelters, their communications lines were all down. The electric power grid for government, homes, churches, schools and businesses blacked out, and the island’s citizens were in desperate need of assistance.

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February 27, 2018 |  Comments
The number of 800 MHz interference cases reported has decreased significantly since 2011 because of 800 MHz reconfiguration. However, new rules may result in the resurgence of some interference in the spectrum environment. On March 24, 2017, the FCC released rule changes that allow commercial cellular system licensees to use higher overall power levels and employ power spectral density (PSD) metrics to assess those power levels.

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February 20, 2018 |  Comments
In a data-centric world, interoperability takes on a whole new meaning. In public-safety references, it is the ability to share information from any source with any first responder across any network. This is the goal, and while attainable, it will take a lot of work.

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February 20, 2018 |  Comments
With the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) beginning to officially announce its first subscribers, FirstNet officials and public-safety users on that network need to think about the data they are collecting and transmitting and how to store, protect and analyze it.

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February 15, 2018 |  Comments
Both technology-focused and nontechnology-focused grants can help local law enforcement agencies acquire or improve their technology, including First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) services, with the right planning and approach.

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