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December 07, 2017 | Comments
New Hampshire became the first state to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Gov. Chris Sununu announced his decision to opt out at the New Hampshire State Police Troop F facility in Twin Mountain Dec. 7.

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December 06, 2017 | Comments
The Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as the sixth secretary of Homeland Security Dec. 5, and she was sworn in Dec. 6. Nielsen is the first former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee to become the secretary.

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December 05, 2017 | Comments
With the Dec. 28 opt-out deadline looming, concerns with draft spectrum manager lease agreements (SMLA) that states that opt out would be required to sign to access the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) 700 MHz band 14 spectrum have not been adequately addressed, state officials said. A FirstNet spokesman said the SMLAs are meant to ensure FirstNet's mandated mission and are comparable with AT&T's terms and requirements.

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December 05, 2017 | Comments
Los Angeles County launched text to 9-1-1 for Los Angeles citizens countywide, via a Comtech Telecommunications service. The secure web browser-based service enables 9-1-1 call-takers to receive and respond to text messages sent to 9-1-1.

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December 05, 2017 | Comments
Public-safety communications leaders gathered in Arlington, Texas, last week to discuss the changing landscape of 9-1-1 and share ideas for putting the industry on a more productive path. The inaugural 9-1-1 Early Adopters Summit brought together U.S. state and local agencies to discuss what is needed to solve some of the challenges stalling 9-1-1’s progress and to explore leading-edge technologies and operational tactics.

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December 05, 2017 | Comments
The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management awarded Zetron a contract to deliver a next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) solution to enhance public-safety services throughout the state of Iowa. The state has 113 public-safety answering points (PSAPs) that will benefit from the upgrade of their systems.

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December 05, 2017 | Comments
Sonim Technologies raised $37 million in capital from B. Riley Financial, a diversified financial services company. The funding includes $27 million of equity capital and $10 million of subordinated debt capital through a revolving credit facility.

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December 04, 2017 | Comments
Australia released a request for information (RFI) for national public-safety mobile broadband (PSMB) capability.

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December 04, 2017 | Comments
The final deliverable of BroadMap — a transition road map and precommercial procurement specification — is now available. A pilot system is expected around 2021 and will complement national plans for transition to broadband for public safety.

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December 04, 2017 | Comments
With its long and rich history of trade, Cologne, Germany, is an ideal location for the PMR Expo. This year’s conference was buzzing with commerce all three days, beginning 28 November.

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