January 2015 Inbox
Thursday, January 15, 2015 | Comments
Following are comments we’ve received from readers about recent online and print news and articles. If you’d like to comment on an article, email edit@RRMediaGroup.com.

In response to “Groups Urge FCC to Resolve Privacy Concerns in 9-1-1 Indoor Location Rules” from Jan. 16 Editor: From this article:
“Assurance that consumers will be able to turn location services on or off via a global setting on their mobile device, as well as grant or deny access to location services to each application”

This defeats the purpose when the application is triggered by a call to 9-1-1. If the caller is dialing 9-1-1, the basic assumption is they want to be found.

Jerry Eisner, ENP
Group Director, Public Safety
Red Sky Technologies

In response to “Pai to Deliver Progress Report on 9-1-1 Service in Hotels, Large Buildings” from Jan. 12 Editor: I hope that while the FCC is considering the problem of dialing 9 for an outside line they also take into consideration the large number of 9-1-1 misdials that public-safety answering points (PSAPs) receive because of the problem of dialing 9 to get an outside line. I would like to see a mandate that phone systems cannot use 9 as their dial outside number to prevent these erroneous calls.

Jennifer Ackerman
Winnebago County
Communications Supervisor
E9-1-1 Coordinator
Forest City, Iowa

In response to “Motorola Solutions Certifies TETRA Base Station with FCC” from Jan. 12


This decision by Motorola Solutions is long overdue.

Bruce Scapier
Managing Member
Potomac Spectrum Partners

In response to “DHS S&T Develops Low-Cost Interoperability Device for Analog, Digital Systems” from Jan. 8


I believe that you would find that an overzealous copywriter generated the material in this article. The statement “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed a new low-cost interoperability solution that it said could save the first responder community millions of dollars” suggests the capabilities (and price) of the device would radically change the face of the portable and stationary radio gateway/bridge marketplace.

MissionCritical Communications’ readers would benefit if you would request the source of such statements to offer more details of the device’s capabilities/application, as the article would appear to describe a device that is in the realm of God’s gift to man.

Seth Leyman
Communications-Applied Technology (C-AT)

In response to “Study Finds Decrease in Use of Force with Body-Worn Cameras” from Dec. 29


I am glad to see another agency getting these devices. Now, if someone from a body-worn camera vendor would contact the Division of Police in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office, a lot of problems with those agencies would benefit greatly.

Body-worn cameras have changed the tenor of most of the agencies around the country that have deployed them.

J. Cartwright, WQTZ773, WA8LGM
North Olmsted, Ohio

In response to “Motorola Buys Trident Micro Systems” from Dec. 16


We at LIGMOBILE hope this is a beginning of a new stage for Trident and all employees of Trident to benefit from this partnership.

Jedson dos Santos
General Manager

In response to “NPSTC Reiterates Stance that Non-P25 Equipment Harms Interoperability” from Dec. 4


There is only one obstacle in the way of purchasing Project 25 (P25) equipment. Cost. The equipment is extremely costly and the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and NXDN equipment can do the same and in some cases more than P25.

I feel sorry for small counties with large areas of coverage that now have to buy very expensive P25 equipment that they cannot really afford. They can buy digital radio equipment with NXDN and DMR protocols for less and buy many more for the same price as one P25 repeater and mobile/handheld.

Public-safety radio is supposed to be affordable, not exclusive. Make P25 competitive with the newer technology, and then fight the counties buying other technology.

Leon van der Linde
Global Communications
Pretoria, South Africa

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