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December 03, 2019 |  Comments
AT&T pushed back the launch of mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) services on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network, originally scheduled to launch by the end of 2019, until early next year.

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December 02, 2019 |  Comments
In the early 1990s, the use of cellular telephones moved from limited to the mainstream. As with any disruptive technologies, this revolution in communications came with benefits and unintended consequences. In the public-safety arena, citizens witnessing an accident no longer had to drive to the nearest pay phone — remember those? — to report the event.

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December 02, 2019 |  Comments
“Location, location, location” applies to the world of public safety as well as the real-estate industry. Location plays a vital role in many aspects of public safety’s daily responsibilities. It is important to know both the location of a 9-1-1 caller and the location of the incident being reported. When dispatched, first responders need to know the location of the incident, and when on the scene, they need to locate citizens who might be trapped in a building or otherwise need to be guided to safety. Finally, while first responders search for people and pets, the incident commander, at minimum, needs to be able to track locations of the responders.

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November 19, 2019 |  Comments
A team from Carnegie Mellon University won Public Safety Communications Research’s (PSCR) 2019 Haptic Interfaces for Public-Safety challenge, while Haply placed second in the challenge.

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October 30, 2019 |  Comments
A Canadian paramedic service and industry partners are exploring beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and working to test use cases for the technology.

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October 29, 2019 |  Comments
Although the industry is undergoing unprecedented change, two-way radio technology isn’t going away, said representatives from five different radio manufacturers during the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) Wireless Leadership Summit in Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 24.

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October 22, 2019 |  Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials participated in the Sept. 16 – 20 Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) meetings in Newport Beach, California. Several features important to critical communications users advanced in the standards process.

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October 14, 2019 |  Comments
Interoperability was the theme at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Emerging Technology Forum in Westminster, Colorado, Oct. 8 – 9. However, APCO officials said interoperability should be achieved with requests for proposals (RFPs) that primarily establish objectives rather than requiring standards.

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October 10, 2019 |  Comments
Nina Myren is the deputy head of department/specialist adviser strategy at the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB). She has been involved in the development and introduction of the countrywide critical communications network in Norway, called Nødnett. Today, she works to further develop Nødnett and ensure emergency preparedness through secure and robust public-safety communications and forward-looking technological solutions. Myren was elected to represent DSB on TCCA’s board in June.

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October 08, 2019 |  Comments
Several public-safety professionals and jurisdictions, along with commercial carriers, said the FCC should require interoperability between the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and other Long Term Evolution (LTE) carriers and LMR networks, while FirstNet and its contractor AT&T said third-party interoperability is not outlined in the legislation that created FirstNet.

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September 27, 2019 |  Comments
As the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) continues in its second year of service for public-safety agencies across the country, coverage will help determine the long-term success of the network and AT&T’s contract to build out a nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).

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September 16, 2019 |  Comments
Bob LaRose, vice president of business development at Assured Wireless, answers some frequently asked questions about high-power user equipment (HPUE). AT&T announced last month that it plans to test and roll out the technology to First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers.

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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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