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September 11, 2019 |  Comments
When bad things happen, we want good people on the scene as quickly as possible and for those people to have the right tools for the job. First responders have communications needs that include being able to receive calls, check maps and routes, download and upload various information, run several specific applications, and of course, communicate with their colleagues. This often has to take place while on the move and in less-than-ideal circumstances. Public-safety users cannot tolerate dropped calls or slow applications because of congested networks. The dedicated First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) exists to ensure that first responders can make calls and access the data they need, with the best cellular connectivity available.

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September 10, 2019 |  Comments
The Department of Interior (DOI) laboratory in Denver, which is on track to conduct Project 25 (P25) Inter RF Subsystem (ISSI) and Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) conformance testing, should be accredited by the first quarter of 2020. The lab partnered with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) and will use the Valid8 test tool to verify conformance for CSSI/ISSI users.

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September 10, 2019 |  Comments
The question of when Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks might replace LMR systems is an ongoing industry debate. During recent months, I have covered several industry stories that lead me to think full replacement might never happen, and if it does, it’s going to take a long time — at least 20 years.

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September 03, 2019 |  Comments
A new broadcast television standard, technical advancements and pilot projects that test new capabilities and applications are providing public television stations more ways to support public safety through datacasting.

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August 30, 2019 |  Comments
A group of officials from governments around the world came together in Boulder, Colorado, USA, this week to discuss issues surrounding public-safety broadband communications.

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August 20, 2019 |  Comments
Multiple systems will work together to provide seamless communications from the professionals reporting incidents to those dispatched to respond to the incidents. This network of integrated networks is all IP based, so voice, data and video flows freely from one pipe to another, and capacity and voice follow the optimal path to reach first responders.

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August 12, 2019 |  Comments
AT&T announced it is working with high-power user equipment (HPUE) supplier Assured Wireless to bring 1.25-watt devices to First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers. Following Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards, HPUE solutions can transmit at stronger signals only on 700 MHz band 14 spectrum.

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August 08, 2019 |  Comments
Augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are finding holds in the commercial market as consumers adopt the technology for gaming, learning and other users. While not as established as it is in the commercial market, AR is also beginning to creep into the public-safety market.

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August 05, 2019 |  Comments
A report from the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) offers updates on current and future use for the 400 MHz professional mobile radio (PMR)/public access mobile radio (PAMR) frequencies.

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July 23, 2019 |  Comments
The commonwealth of Massachusetts has authorized Verizon, alongside AT&T First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), to offer services to public-safety agencies through the state’s public safety grade wireless data agreement. A Verizon executive said the contract is the first multivendor public-safety wireless data contract.

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July 08, 2019 |  Comments
Several common themes stood out in reply comments filed in the FCC’s 900 MHz realignment proceeding, which proposes a 3-by-3-megahertz broadband segment to allow for Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in the band.

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July 08, 2019 |  Comments
The relentless drive for more Wi-Fi and cellphone spectrum is on a collision course with established public-safety communications networks. Technology consumers expect more wireless services that are faster, ubiquitously available and uncongested. The demand is so high that the FCC opened a proceeding to adopt rules for unlicensed use in the 6 GHz spectrum, which is currently licensed to many public-safety entities and businesses that rely on the spectrum for safety and critical communications for fixed point-to-point microwave communications.

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July 02, 2019 |  Comments
Mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) will be a hot topic at the 2019 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, scheduled July 9 – 11 in Chicago.

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July 01, 2019 |  Comments
Our most important challenge is the future of critical communications and our public-safety networks. I am not talking about only tomorrow and the network modernizations ongoing in many countries. I am also talking about the future beyond tomorrow.

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June 25, 2019 |  Comments
The mission-critical communications industry is changing. New technology is emerging, and with new technology comes new suppliers, sales strategies and business plans. Shareholders reward companies with monthly subscription fees — often called “software as a service” — because of the stable recurring revenue. The goals of suppliers don’t always align with what’s in the best interest of your communications network.

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Events
September 2019

26 - 26
Webinar: FirstNet App Catalog: Making Responder Mobility Possible

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3054984662840497675

October 2019

23 - 24
Wireless Leadership Summit
Kansas City, Missouri
https://www.enterprisewireless.org/wls

November 2019

3 - 6
APCO Canada
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
http://apcocanadaconference.com/about/future-conferences/

5 - 8
APCO Canada Conference and Tradeshow
Montreal
http://apcocanadaconference.com/about/future-conferences/

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