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August 14, 2018 |  Comments
Determining the altitude of a 9-1-1 caller is proving difficult with a recent report finding significant questions remain about the performance and scalability of Z-axis technology — which could locate a caller in a high-rise for example — for live 9-1-1 call environments.

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August 10, 2018 |  Comments
JVCKENWOOD plans to acquire shares of Tait International in October 2018. The Japanese company entered into an agreement for a share acquisition and capital and business alliance with Tait International, a wholly owned subsidiary of New Zealand-based Tait Ltd.

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August 02, 2018 |  Comments
Emergency services depend on robust and secure communications services to perform their all-important tasks of saving lives and protecting society. Most European countries have established dedicated communication networks based on TETRA technology to meet the special needs of the public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) community. These narrowband networks are built for efficient voice communication in groups but have limited data capabilities.

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July 31, 2018 |  Comments
Wireless carriers consistently claim that testing proves the best network, often referring to crowdsourced solutions as proof that one network is better than the competition. Unfortunately, carriers do not share any of that evidence, and the crowdsourced results depend on who downloads each vendor’s app and where those subscribers use the network. In other words, it’s hard to thoroughly analyze carrier claims and determine which network is truly best.

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July 16, 2018 |  Comments
The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology, Broadband Office, backtracked on a request earlier this month for the FCC to clarify the guidelines for commercial network interoperability for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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July 13, 2018 |  Comments
The Colorado Public Safety Broadband Governing Body (CPSBGB), formally the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Colorado Governing Body, filed comments asking the FCC to ensure the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) supports interoperability and roaming. However, an AT&T spokesperson said the state plans to withdraw the filing, while a CPSBGB member said public safety was not consulted on any such decision.

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July 05, 2018 |  Comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released an initial determination finding that Hytera Communications infringed four Motorola Solutions patents.

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July 03, 2018 |  Comments
After taking over the chief executive reigns of TCCA about a year ago, Tony Gray offers an update on how the past year has gone and his outlook for the coming year in this interview with RadioResource International magazine.

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July 02, 2018 |  Comments
Handset-based emergency location technologies such as Emergency Location Service (ELS) and Advanced Mobile Location (AML) have found success in Europe and other countries but have yet to gain a foothold in the United States.

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June 26, 2018 |  Comments
A legal battle over Nextel trademarks is underway. Sprint filed a lawsuit against Florida-based Nextel World (NW) and Retrobrands alleging trademark infringement, among other claims, after Retrobrands filed an application seeking to cancel Sprint’s remaining Nextel trademarks.

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June 21, 2018 |  Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials are developing a process to verify AT&T’s nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) coverage. FirstNet also received its first sustainability payment from AT&T.

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June 19, 2018 |  Comments
Apple announced iOS 12, set for public release later this year, will allow U.S. iPhone users who call 9-1-1 to automatically and securely share their location data with public-safety answering points (PSAPs).

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June 18, 2018 |  Comments
U.K. Home Office and public-safety officials researched the Kodiak push-to-talk (PTT) solution from Motorola Solutions for the country’s public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network during a trip to the United States last week. The group is considering moving to the Kodiak technology rather than the previously planned Motorola WAVE 7000.

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June 12, 2018 |  Comments
A new industry organization aimed at promoting open standards does not yet have the support of major standards-making bodies or the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) but will work to encourage support and participation from those groups.

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June 04, 2018 |  Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is starting to become a reality, so authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) must consider the wide-ranging ramifications of implementing the new mission-critical broadband data service and how it will affect in-building communications for first responders, building owners, facility managers and tenants.

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