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November 12, 2018 |  Comments
Information on the available grants, amount of funding and timelines for several federal grant programs are not yet available as the departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) await final appropriations for fiscal year 2019.

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November 06, 2018 |  Comments
Savage winds and debris posed communications and response challenges as Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle and parts of Georgia and Alabama in October.

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November 05, 2018 |  Comments
Europe has completed studies into using 400 MHz spectrum for public protection disaster response (PPDR) broadband networks. Under the developments, the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) proposed that the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) should consider standardization activities for Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based systems for 410 – 430 MHz spectrum.

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October 30, 2018 |  Comments
Chevron is testing the standard developed last year for mission-critical data applications using 1.4 GHz spectrum. The oil and gas firm is conducting an 802.16s pilot with Ondas Networks equipment and a 500-kilohertz bandwidth channel.

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October 23, 2018 |  Comments
New Part 90 rules adopted by the FCC Oct. 23 open 800 MHz spectrum, with 318 new 800 MHz interstitial channels becoming available. The rules also make 40 expansion band (EB) and 40 guard band (GB) channels in 800 MHz available in National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) regions where 800 MHz rebanding is completed.

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October 16, 2018 |  Comments
For the first time in years, new spectrum opportunities are opening for the critical infrastructure industries (CII) and private wireless communications users, although the FCC has not yet released final rules.

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October 09, 2018 |  Comments
The first-ever earthquake early warning in less than three seconds was successfully delivered Sept. 18 during a field trial by KVIE, the public television station based in Sacramento, California, using datacasting technology.

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October 08, 2018 |  Comments
New Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards targeting the rail industry are moving forward alongside public-safety standards.

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October 02, 2018 |  Comments
Four public-safety agencies filed a joint public interest statement supporting Hytera Communications in the patent infringement lawsuit Motorola Solutions filed against Hytera with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

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September 25, 2018 |  Comments
Just a few years ago, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) were mostly a curiosity when it came to public-safety communications. However, as more and more agencies and businesses have adopted the technology, public safety has given it a second look and used it in a variety of applications.

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September 24, 2018 |  Comments
As shown by recent industry events, public-safety officials must hold commercial carriers accountable and not let the carriers take advantage of them.

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September 18, 2018 |  Comments
Coverage, reliability and security are the top concerns for first responders for adopting commercial networks, according to an industry survey, and a market research executive said he doesn’t expect Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks to replace LMR for the next 10 to 15 years.

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September 17, 2018 |  Comments
The French Ministry of the Interior (MoI) released a request for information (RFI) about licensed shared access and air ground air communications. The call for competences relates to establishing a radio network of the future (RRF) for public protection and disaster response (PPDR) communications.

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September 11, 2018 |  Comments
A First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) executive offered details on the FirstNet uplift request features of the local control portal available to FirstNet subscribers. The uplift request tool offers local public-safety officials the ability to uplift a device’s priority level during emergencies or incidents.

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September 04, 2018 |  Comments
The unsealed version of a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge’s initial determination in Motorola Solutions’ patent infringement case against Hytera offers more insight into the judge’s decision and the alleged theft of Motorola trade secrets by Hytera employees.

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