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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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June 01, 2018 |  Comments
The effective delivery of critical communications is crucial to ensuring public safety and to enabling businesses to protect personnel and property during major planned and unplanned events. At the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution, the industry is looking to see how 5G, big data, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) can be harnessed to further enhance critical communications in the context of an ever-changing technological landscape.

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May 29, 2018 |  Comments
Many have criticized the Project 25 (P25) standards suite for various reasons — slow to develop and high cost, among others. However, one P25 standard, the Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI), looks likely to play a large role in the integration of legacy networks with Long Term Evolution (LTE) and mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT).

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May 18, 2018 |  Comments
Text to 9-1-1 offers an additional way for the public to contact 9-1-1, but it can also help provide first responders with improved situational awareness as shown by a recent incident in Michigan.

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May 15, 2018 |  Comments
Several public-safety agencies are continuing to test and implement the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) broadband services to determine whether the features and coverage are a fit for their agencies.

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May 08, 2018 |  Comments
The National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO) ValuePoint (NVP) public-safety communications equipment contract, led by the state of Washington, is preparing to rebid the nationwide public-safety communications equipment cooperative contract.

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May 01, 2018 |  Comments
Eight Project 25 (P25) manufacturers are participating in a P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) testing event underway this month. The companies are taking advantage of newly reaccredited P25 CAP laboratories and new test documentation and functionality.

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April 27, 2018 |  Comments
BDBOS, the federal agency for public-safety digital radio in Germany, operates the world’s largest TETRA digital radio network. BDBOS is in the process of upgrading the network to make it suitable for future needs and create a technological platform for broadband services.

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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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