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August 18, 2017 |  Comments
An AT&T executive maintained this week that the definition of public safety grade is not set in stone, and he wants to continue discussions with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) on the topic.

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August 16, 2017 |  Comments
Verizon announced it plans to build and operate a private network core dedicated to public safety and make priority access and pre-emption services available to public safety “when necessary and at no charge.”

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August 15, 2017 |  Comments
Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Linc entered into a partnership with the Huntsville-Madison County’s (Alabama) 9-1-1 Dispatch Center (MadCo 9-1-1) for mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) service. The service is expected to be available in Huntsville and Madison County in the second quarter of 2018.

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August 11, 2017 |  Comments
The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) is calling out Apple for not adding advanced mobile location (AML), a technology that allows emergency services to accurately locate a caller in danger, to iPhones and other Apple devices.

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August 11, 2017 |  Comments
Scott Edson, executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS), provides an update on the combined Project 25 (P25) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) project.

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August 11, 2017 |  Comments
Two states with early builder networks have already decided to opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), while specific details about the future of the states’ early builder networks are still unclear.

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August 08, 2017 |  Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) finalized new documents that will allow Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 interoperability testing under the Compliance Assessment Program (CAP), and half the P25 CAP labs are now recognized by the new accreditation bodies.

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August 08, 2017 |  Comments
Change is inevitable. During the past 127 years, the fire service witnessed the transformation from the use of a fire alarm box to dispatch centers. The first fire alarm call box was put into service in the 1880s to telegraph a location code to the central fire station when the lever was pulled in the box. As technology progressed, the fire service actively transitioned to dispatch centers that would receive and disseminate calls for service all over a city, county or jurisdiction.

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August 01, 2017 |  Comments
When and how the transition to 6.25 kilohertz will happen is anyone’s guess, but the FCC continues to remind licensees that the transition is still in the commission’s future plans.

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July 31, 2017 |  Comments
Standards for mission-critical features within Long Term Evolution (LTE) continue to move forward with the partial completion of Release 14 in June and the addition of work on an LMR-to-LTE interworking standard in Release 15.

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July 28, 2017 |  Comments
Motorola Solutions announced plans to buy the North American 9-1-1 and Project 25 (P25) business of Airbus. Airbus’ TETRA business based in Europe is not part of the acquisition.

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July 25, 2017 |  Comments
Researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) said they have developed a new network protocol that simplifies the networking process and makes data transfer during emergencies more efficient.

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July 20, 2017 |  Comments
Rural coverage, physical security and cybersecurity, and integration with next-generation technologies dominated much of the discussion during a hearing on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) held by the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet July 20.

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July 17, 2017 |  Comments
Asia is a key market for critical communications systems for transport. Many developing countries are investing massively in transit systems. China, for example, adds 450 subway stations on average every year. By 2020, Beijing and Shanghai will have 1,050 and 970 kilometers of subway, respectively, making their networks among the longest in the world.

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July 17, 2017 |  Comments
In evaluating its options, the goal of every state should be to obtain the best possible network coverage for its first responders. The safety of first responders and the public must be the primary concern in evaluating the AT&T/FirstNet plan. To conduct a reasonably thorough examination, the governors and their teams must have access to the necessary financial, technical and legal information regarding AT&T’s commitments to deliver the NPSBN.

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