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October 18, 2017 | Comments
Following last year’s fires fanned by hurricane-force winds that tore through popular tourist destination Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a new alerting solution is in place. The 2016 fires killed 14 people and terrified thousands of residents and Thanksgiving visitors while destroying millions of dollars in property.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) released a bulletin with information for public-safety answering points (PSAPs) about Wi-Fi vulnerabilities. The notice follows Oct. 15 social media reports indicating that disclosure of a major Wi-Fi vulnerability was forthcoming. Subsequently, security researchers, government responders and major Wi-Fi manufacturers provided a coordinated disclosure that confirmed the extent and severity of the flaw.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted a petition for de novo review filed by the state of Indiana to commence a hearing proceeding before an FCC administrative law judge to resolve specific 800 MHz rebanding disputes between Indiana and Sprint.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
The Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA), a trade association that advocate on behalf of public service industries such as public transit, asked the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) to withdraw an FCC petition asking the FCC to provide incumbent preference for the 800 MHz guard and expansion bands.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
The FCC issued a notice of violation to Dan Blancho, owner of an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) in Norfolk, Virginia.

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October 18, 2017 | Comments
ASTRID, the nationwide operator for Belgium's emergency and security communications services, launched the next generation of its Blue Light Mobile service, which offers data services to ASTRID users.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
Several manufacturers have taken steps to come into compliance with a Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) encryption requirements compliance assessment bulletin (CAB) finalized in March. The CAB aims to stop the practice of manufacturers providing subscriber units with a non-P25 standard encryption without also including P25 standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256 encryption.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
State officials and industry experts are questioning information included in draft spectrum manager lease agreements (SMLAs) distributed to states that requested the information from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The SMLAs include proposed termination payments in the millions — and billions in at least two instances — of dollars for some states, along with prohibiting separate core networks, adoption targets and interoperability requirements.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
VicTrack and Dali Wireless announced the deployment of a new digital public-safety communications system for the protective services officers (PSO) working at selected Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) railway stations in Australia.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
Software technology provider StreamWIDE joined TCCA, the critical communications association. StreamWIDE specializes in carrier-grade value-added services and mobile business process solutions for enterprise and operators.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
Radlink Communications secured a contract with Aurizon, Australia's largest rail freight operator, to deliver one of the largest radio networks in Australia. The network is due for completion early next year and will use TETRA technology, encompassing 79 sites and covering 2,670 kilometers of rail network, linking 50 coal mines and four major ports throughout central Queensland.

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October 17, 2017 | Comments
New Hampshire Gov. Christopher Sununu released an executive order establishing a First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-out review committee. In a statement, the governor called for clarification of proposed fees and penalties that “appear to be arbitrary and primarily designed to deter states from opting out of FirstNet plans.

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
Gwinnett County, Georgia, awarded Federal Engineering a contract for technical consulting services in upgrading the county’s public-safety information systems.

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
Avtec named board member Arjen Maarleveld the company president. The appointment came after former president Kevin Williams announced his decision to step down to start a business venture. To ensure a smooth transition, Williams will remain with Avtec until mid-2018.

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) launched Cevo Go, new mobile application that allows users to search and receive certified spectrum frequencies using a mobile device.

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
Rivada Networks teamed with U.S. Cellular to offer public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Wisconsin if the state decides to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions said it will combine the best of Vertex Standard's portfolio with its two-way radio product lines beginning Jan. 1, and all products will carry the Motorola Solutions brand.

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
The U.K. Home Office provided a positive update to the U.K. Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), addressing recommendations made in a report earlier this year.

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
The House emergency preparedness, response and communications subcommittee held a hearing titled “Assessing First Responder Communications” that touched on topics from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to T-band spectrum to the reduction in the number of statewide interoperability coordinators (SWICs).

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October 16, 2017 | Comments
South Korea has outlined a three-step approach for nationwide deployment of its public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network with the first service planned for 2018 in two cities and provinces. A second pilot project is also underway in the areas of the 2018 Winter Olympics and will run through March 2018.

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October 13, 2017 | Comments
AT&T named Xavier Williams to lead its public sector organization. He will serve as president of Public Sector and Wholesale Solutions, supporting AT&T's government and education customers across federal, state, local and international markets.

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October 13, 2017 | Comments
Comtech Telecommunications received a $1.8 million funded order from a leading Canadian communications service provider for mobile positioning services related to 9-1-1 emergency services.

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October 13, 2017 | Comments
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International received final approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for an American National Standard (ANS) that identifies recommended best practices for public-safety answering points (PSAPs) when processing vehicle telematics calls from telematics service providers.

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October 13, 2017 | Comments
The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), advanced legislation to reauthorize and reform the FCC to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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October 13, 2017 | Comments
The government of Bermuda released a request for proposals (RFP) for a public-safety radio system.

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October 13, 2017 | Comments
The FCC relieved Sprint of its potential obligation to make an anti-windfall payment to the U.S. Treasury in connection with the 800 MHz rebanding initiative. The 800 MHz Transition Administrator (TA) determined that Sprint’s creditable expenses in connection with the rebanding initiative have exceeded $2.8 billion.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
xG Technology’s Vislink business received a $535,000 order from NEP UK for its high-efficiency video coding (HVEC) 4K-capable HCAM wireless camera systems with focal point camera control. The systems will be used at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February 2018 and at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in August 2018.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
The Dutch National Police awarded Abiom, the exclusive distributor of Sepura products for public safety in the Benelux region, won a recent bid to replace all TETRA C2000 police radios currently in use with the Sepura SRG3900 radio.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
Kaspersky Lab signed a threat intelligence sharing agreement with Interpol. The legal framework is designed to facilitate and develop cooperation between Kaspersky Lab and Interpol by sharing threat intelligence data on the latest cybercriminal activities, wherever they appear.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
Solacom upgraded its Guardian 9-1-1 call-handling solution at the public-safety answering point (PSAP) in Owensboro, Kentucky, to include a powerful new capability that enables call-takers to handle calls from mobile phones more effectively.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
Southern Company subsidiary Southern Linc entered into an agreement with Dalton Utilities to transmit distribution data via Southern Linc's new CriticalLinc mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The multiyear deal will enable 11 substations in the Dalton, Georgia, area to use Southern Linc's mission-critical LTE network for wireless data transmission.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) announced the election of new members to its board of directors, which occurred during its annual membership meeting held in Denver.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
The NG9-1-1 Institute elected Neil Horden, chief consultant of Federal Engineering, to its board of directors filling one of the member at large positions. Horden’s term will run through September 2019.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
The San Jose Fire Department announced it is relaunching the PulsePoint app. PulsePoint is a nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area that has built applications through location-aware mobile devices that improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community. The FirstNet network will bring advanced tools to help Indiana’s first responders save lives and protect communities.

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October 12, 2017 | Comments
The Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience (DRIVER) project is being relaunched as DRIVER+.

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October 11, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions celebrated the 10th year milestone of its MOTOTRBO digital radio portfolio at the CIMB Classic golf tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where a fleet of digital two-way radios is deployed to coordinate the four-day golf championship 12 – 15 October. The CIMB Classic, celebrating its eighth edition, is the only PGA Tour event staged in Southeast Asia.

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October 11, 2017 | Comments
Rajant conducted tests that show the national average time for authorities to respond to a verified home alarm — seven minutes — can be drastically reduced if alarm companies use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to supplement their current infrastructure.

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October 11, 2017 | Comments
In consideration of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the FCC waived certain requirements under its rules to alleviate the burden of regulatory compliance as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recover from Hurricane Maria.

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October 11, 2017 | Comments
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) announced that Stephen Welby will become its executive director and chief operating officer (COO), effective Jan. 2.

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October 11, 2017 | Comments
The FCC moved forward to impose two fines proposed several months ago, one for operating on public-safety frequencies and one for causing interference to private LMR (PLMR) stations.

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October 11, 2017 | Comments
From 28 – 30 November PMRExpo will offer numerous talks covering topics such as cybercrime, new professional mobile radio (PMR) applications, broadband services, alarm and warning systems, campus solutions, IT security and improving network stability. Speakers include industry representatives as well as operators and public agencies.

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October 11, 2017 | Comments
Several mission-critical communications groups submitted comments to the FCC’s notice of inquiry (NoI) on ways to expand opportunities for mid-band spectrum between 3.7 and 24 GHz. The groups generally oppose expanded use of the 6 GHz bands for unlicensed and licensed broadband wireless fixed and mobile services.

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October 11, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T launched the first developer program geared toward U.S. first responders.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
InterTalk Critical Information Systems announced a new partnership with EPI Technologies Inc., through which EPI will help drive InterTalk's growth in the Midwest. EPI will introduce InterTalk's products to new customers, dealers and resellers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
Bittium lowered its financial guidance for 2017 because of a delay in the first phase of product deliveries for the Mexican Mexsat satellite phone system, which will be mainly executed in 2018 because of Mexican governmental customers. Bittium originally expected those product deliveries to be executed during the second half of 2017.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
The Connecticut Department of Administrative Services (DAS) issued a request for proposals (RFP) from qualified contractors to offer a no-cost statewide 700 MHz broadband system. This system will include a statewide Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio access network (RAN) that will be interoperable with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) nationwide network.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) submitted two separate FCC filings voicing disagreement with the FCC’s decision to exempt public-safety licensees from its rules governing license renewal and discontinuance of operation for all Wireless Radio Services (WRS) released in August.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced her decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless, broadband network to the state’s public-safety community.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
Avaya was awarded a project to deliver next-generation emergency services communications solutions in Turkey. The deal, part of Turkey's NGCC112 emergency number project, will see Avaya equip Turkey’s emergency services with its eCall vehicle accident aid system, as well as enable emergency responders to communicate more effectively at the scene of any incident.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
Comments for the FCC’s notice of inquiry (NoI) were mixed in response to a petition to realign the 900 MHz band for broadband operations, with most utilities opposing any realignment and other critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities saying it would benefit future networks and licensees.

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October 10, 2017 | Comments
Recently, there has been some debate on the meaning and definition of “public safety grade.” The recent hurricanes underscore the need for clarity on what it means and what public safety needs with regard to reliable data. A National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) document published in 2014 provided a definition that the overall system design enables system and service to achieve 99.999 percent availability.

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October 09, 2017 | Comments
Lauttamus Communications & Security purchased Interstate Communications and Electronics. Interstate Communications & Electronics is located in Beaver, Pennsylvania and has been in business since 1975, providing two-way radio sales, installation and repair services.

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October 09, 2017 | Comments
Nokia hired Chris Johnson from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to lead the push into vertical industries. Company veteran Mike Calabrese will oversee the webscale and large enterprise customer segments.

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October 09, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted an experimental license for Project Loon, led by Google's parent company Alphabet, to help provide emergency cellular service in Puerto Rico.

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October 09, 2017 | Comments
The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) plenary meetings in Sapporo, Japan, 11 – 14 September addressed standards in several areas relevant to public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE). The 3GPP plenary meetings consisted of three separate plenary group meetings.

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October 06, 2017 | Comments
New Hampshire’s Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) voted unanimously to recommend opting out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plan for New Hampshire. The recommendation will go to the commissioner of safety and then Gov. Chris Sununu, who will make a final decision.

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October 06, 2017 | Comments
Hytera Mobilfunk in cooperation with its distributor Nexus Technology and Tactical IT deployed a TETRA network for the city guards of the provincial municipality of Puno in Peru.

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October 06, 2017 | Comments
The FCC formed the FCC Hurricane Recovery Task Force, an internal task force to continue the commission’s work in support of the restoration of communications services in areas affected by this season’s hurricanes, with an emphasis on addressing the challenges facing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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October 06, 2017 | Comments
Iowa Communications Network (ICN) will partner with Iowa Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEMD) to provide a private and secure network for 9-1-1 wireline calls. ICN will provide infrastructure and services for merging the existing wireline carrier network, consisting of all the state’s wireline service providers, onto HSEMD’s next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) IP network.

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October 06, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted a request filed by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for a temporary waiver to permit amateur data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than is permitted by the commission’s rules to facilitate hurricane relief.

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October 06, 2017 | Comments
Two Vermont citizens filed a class-action lawsuit against the Department of Commerce pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. The DOC oversees the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

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October 05, 2017 | Comments
Radio IP Software (Radio IP) signed a partnership agreement with Telecom Gears, an IT services and software company in Mexico City specializing in government and commercial projects. For Radio IP, with markets in North America, Southeast Asia and Australia, the agreement represents another step in its strategy to expand into South America.

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October 05, 2017 | Comments
Sierra Wireless signed a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro, a technology distributor. Through this agreement, Ingram Micro is authorized to distribute the complete AirLink portfolio of networking solutions, including cellular routers and gateways, management, services and support to its channel partners in the United States.

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October 05, 2017 | Comments
Simoco Wireless Solutions was selected to supply Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier 2 equipment across England and Wales’ mountain rescue service.

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October 05, 2017 | Comments
The FCC will consider a notice of proposed rulemaking that would seek comment and propose changes to the priority access license rules in the 3.5 GHz band at its Oct. 24 meeting.

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October 05, 2017 | Comments
Freedom Communication Technologies announced another expansion of its sales and business development team with the hiring of Luis Riano as senior business development manager for Latin America.

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October 05, 2017 | Comments
Responding to the destruction of communications networks wreaked by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the FCC took steps to immediately provide up to $76.9 million to help restore service.

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October 04, 2017 | Comments
Joseph Euteneuer is stepping aside from his positions as co-CEO and chief financial officer (CFO) of Rivada Americas at Rivada Networks. Euteneur will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.

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October 04, 2017 | Comments
Midlothian, Texas, joined the Fort Worth Regional Radio System (FWRRS), allowing the town’s first responders to use the network’s first response communications, video surveillance, EMS traffic signaling and data communications capabilities.

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October 04, 2017 | Comments
JVCKENWOOD and its subsidiary EF Johnson Technologies are providing assistance to support relief activities for areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the strong earthquake that struck Mexico in mid-September.

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October 04, 2017 | Comments
In a public notice, the FCC announced that state First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) opt-out election notifications for 52 states and territories are due Dec. 28.

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October 04, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted a waiver request by Icom America to allow it to manufacture, import, sell and install its medium frequency/high frequency (MF/HF) digital selective calling (DSC) radio model IC-M802 until Jan. 1, 2020.

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October 04, 2017 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed an order that would enable carriers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to use their Universal Service Fund (USF) allocations to more quickly rebuild networks impacted by recent hurricanes.

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October 04, 2017 | Comments
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) playing key roles in supporting response and recovery efforts across Florida following Hurricane Irma.

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October 04, 2017 | Comments
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton announced the state will participate in the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community.

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October 03, 2017 | Comments
Zetron hosted its seventh annual Shoot for the Stars golf tournament to benefit the Behind the Badge Foundation, an organization that honors and assists Washington state’s injured and fallen law-enforcement officers and their families. This year’s tournament raised $27,000 through a combination of sponsorships, donations, event fees and contributions from Zetron and its employees, with all proceeds going to Behind the Badge.

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October 03, 2017 | Comments
Eric Burger was appointed to serve as the FCC’s chief technology officer (CTO). Burger will advise Chairman Ajit Pai and the agency on technology and engineering issues, together with the Office of Engineering and Technology.

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October 03, 2017 | Comments
Shifting business models, emerging technologies that redefine IT and the drive to implement digital government lead a long list of challenges facing state CIOs, according to new research released at the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) annual conference.

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October 03, 2017 | Comments
The Senate confirmed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to a new five-year term retroactive to the expiration of his previous term in June 2016. The close and politically divided vote was 52 to 41.

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October 03, 2017 | Comments
The FCC issued an order of dismissal resolving the long-standing Maritime Communications/Land Mobile (MCLM) proceeding. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau and MCLM entered a joint stipulation regarding the operational status of MCLM's final 16 site-based licenses that remained in dispute.

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October 03, 2017 | Comments
The U.S. District Court of Arizona found in favor of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a case involving FCC licenses in the 800 MHz expansion and guard bands. The court found Janus Spectrum, David Alcorn Professional Corp. (DAPC), David Alcorn and Kent Maerki violated SEC laws and will be ordered to pay more than $7 million.

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October 03, 2017 | Comments
Waiting for results for an extended period of time can warp one’s memory. This applies to spectrum policy. Over time, advocates on one side or the other of regulatory matters may be unwilling or willingly prone to forget initial objectives and relevant facts, as well as completely lose sight of all reasonableness.

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October 02, 2017 | Comments
xG Technology hired Eric Haney at its IMT Vislink operations as regional sales manager for unmanned and autonomous systems. Haney will focus on unmanned systems across all markets throughout North America, with emphasis on law enforcement, public safety and commercial sectors.

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October 02, 2017 | Comments
Richmond County, Virginia, chose Federal Engineering to evaluate its radio system and determine the best approach to improve public-safety communications for the county’s first responders.

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October 02, 2017 | Comments
Australia’s Orion Network will expand its network with the rollout of Motorola Solutions Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier 3 technology nationwide to meet growing customer demand for radio voice and data services.

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October 02, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions hired two new executives in its software enterprise division, created earlier this year to accelerate software innovation.

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October 02, 2017 | Comments
The FCC granted a waiver to the state of Michigan subject to certain conditions. The waiver will allow the state to share use of the 800 MHz Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) with critical infrastructure (CI) provider Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative and its cooperative members: Great Lakes Electric Cooperative, Home Works Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op and Midwest Energy Cooperative.

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October 02, 2017 | Comments
Frequentis and Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure were selected to supply mission-critical technologies for the ELKOS Austria project, a nationwide, unified command and communications system. The companies will also support refurbishment of the current control-and-command system at the warning center in Lower Austria.

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October 02, 2017 | Comments
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International received final approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for revised American national standards (ANS) that identify minimum training for public-safety communications training coordinators, certified training officers, supervisors and quality assurance evaluators.

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October 02, 2017 | Comments
Mantaro Networks and Beeper Communications Israel received funding from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, to support development of unmanned search and rescue systems (USRS.) Project USRS was awarded $900,000 in funding during 18 months.

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