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September 18, 2020 | Comments
GeoComm hired Susan Nelson, an emergency number professional (ENP) and certified public manager (CPM), to their sales team as territory sales manager covering the southeastern U.S.

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September 18, 2020 | Comments
Motorola Solutions won four awards at Good Design Australia competition. The company earned the awards for its next generation of mission critical solutions in video and voice communications.

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September 18, 2020 | Comments
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) selected 15 more schools to to participate in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI).

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September 18, 2020 | Comments
The FCC’s Public-Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is seeking comment from interested parties on a petition for a waiver of 9-1-1 dispatchable location information requirements from GTA TeleGuam Holdings.

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September 18, 2020 | Comments
The FCC granted a request from the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for a temporary waiver to permit amateur data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than is currently permitted by the commission’s rules in order to help with hurricane and wildfire relief communications.

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September 18, 2020 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is seeking solutions to the communications challenge of encountering weak radio or cellular coverage while conducting life-saving operations. This week, S&T posted a request for information on portable radio repeater products for indoor and subterranean environments for the emergency responder community.

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September 18, 2020 | Comments
Ericsson has agreed to acquire Cradlepoint, a provider of wireless edge WAN 4G and 5G enterprise solutions. The investment is key to Ericsson’s ongoing strategy of capturing market share in the rapidly expanding 5G enterprise space.

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September 18, 2020 | Comments
As part of the development work of the Virve authority network, Erillisverkot Group has published a request for information (RFI) on devices. The request identifies the types of devices that users want or expect to use and the type of devices that manufacturers intend to provide for future broadband service.

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September 18, 2020 | Comments
Motorola Solutions introduced the CirrusCentral Core, a cloud-based secondary core for ASTRO 25 Project 25 (P25) LMR systems. Available as a subscription service, the core is always current with the latest communication software and eliminates the need for public-safety agencies to maintain a physical, in-building backup core site.

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September 17, 2020 | Comments
Sonim Technologies partnered with Push to Talk International (PTTI), a supplier of push-to-talk (PTT) over cellular (PTToC) services in the UK and Ireland.

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September 17, 2020 | Comments
Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and U.S. Cellular announced that the companies have successfully achieved the first extended range 5G New Radio (NR) millimeter wave (mmWave) data call in the U.S. on a commercial network.

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September 17, 2020 | Comments
The U.K. Home Office said that Airwave network likely will not be turned off until at least the beginning of 2024 due to delays with the Emergency Services Network (ESN), which is intended to replace the Airwave network for the country’s emergency services.

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September 16, 2020 | Comments
RapidDeploy announced that it will directly integrate supplemental emergency data from some of the largest and most influential companies in technology and public safety. Google, OnStar, ADT, Priority Dispatch and Rave Mobile Safety are the most recent additions to RapidDeploy’s Unified Critical Response (UCR) ecosystem, which already has partnerships with AT&T, Microsoft, AT&T FirstNet and Esri.

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September 16, 2020 | Comments
In-person Comms Connect events have been canceled for the rest of the year because of ongoing restrictions in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place, Westwick-Farrow Media is hosting a virtual conference series.

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September 16, 2020 | Comments
The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) and the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) approved updated or new environmental sensing capability (ESC) sensor deployment and coverage plans for CommScope, Google and Key Bridge Wireless.

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September 16, 2020 | Comments
President Donald Trump nominated Nathan Simington to take the seat of Michael O’Rielly on the FCC Board.

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September 16, 2020 | Comments
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that classifies 9-1-1 dispatchers as first responders into law.

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September 15, 2020 | Comments
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), released the “Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Program Planning Toolkit.

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September 15, 2020 | Comments
Critical infrastructure and public-safety organizations filed two separate emergency petitions for stay with U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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September 15, 2020 | Comments
As massive wildfires ravage the west coast of the U.S. and hurricanes strike the east coast, first responders combatting the disasters have to deal with the impact these disasters have on their communications.

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September 14, 2020 | Comments
Schaumburg in Cook County, Illinois, awarded Federal Engineering a contract to provide consulting services to assist in the creation of a public safety real-time Information Center (RIC), which is a collaborative project between Schaumburg’s public-safety and IT departments.

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September 14, 2020 | Comments
Verizon was included in a list of eligible telecommunications carriers (ETCs) who own equipment or services from Huawei Technologies and ZTE that was released by the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) and Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA).

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September 14, 2020 | Comments
During its board meeting in August, the Utilities Technology Council’s (UTC) board of directors approved a series of resolutions that set the association’s policy priorities for the rest of the year.

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September 11, 2020 | Comments
The FCC approved a request from CommScope for a waiver of the commission’s labeling requirements for signal boosters. Specifically, the waiver will allow CommScope to use a single label to designate its PSR 700/800 signal booster as a class A and class B industrial signal booster.

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September 11, 2020 | Comments
The FCC denied a request from the city of Irvine, California, to allow participating commercial mobile service (CMS) providers to participate in an end-to-end Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test on Oct. 15.

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September 11, 2020 | Comments
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) released a guidance document on considerations and best practices for monitoring and managing next-generation 9-1-1 services and infrastructure.

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September 11, 2020 | Comments
An inquiry on the 2019-2020 bushfire season in New South Wales recommended that Australia’s government allocate 10 + 10 megahertz of dedicated spectrum for public-safety mobile broadband (PSMB) at no cost to the states or territories.

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September 10, 2020 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) announced the lineup of keynote speakers for its 2020 Wireless Leadership Summit. The summit will be held virtually, October 13 – 15.

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September 10, 2020 | Comments
PowerTrunk, the U.S.-based subsidiary of Teltronic, deployed a TETRA critical communications solution to the island of Bermuda to support all public-safety organizations on the island. Working with delivery partner Electronic Communications and in close cooperation with manufacturing partners Sepura and Teltronic, PowerTrunk deployed the solution early in 2020. Police, fire and ambulance services will all be connected to the new network, as well as other emergency responders, including the Royal Regiment.

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September 10, 2020 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to CTIA, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and Qualcomm to assist in Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) geotargeting efforts.

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September 10, 2020 | Comments
In addition to radios and cellphones, first responders must carry myriad sensors and peripheral devices that can require different power sources and may need to be charged at different intervals. To address this challenge, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $1 million to Colorado-based small business TDA Research to develop a power module that would service all of the current and emerging requirements of on-body devices for first responders through the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, administered by S&T.

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September 10, 2020 | Comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) division announced the NIST Public Safety Innovation Accelerator Program Augmented Reality (PSIAP-AR) competition.

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September 09, 2020 | Comments
Everbridge announced that the FCC selected the company’s mass notification solution to support the agency’s internal continuity of operations (COOP), devolution, pandemic and reconstitution plans, as well as day-to-day emergency management efforts.

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September 09, 2020 | Comments
NGA 911, a leading provider of next-generation 9-1-1 solutions, announced that former public-safety consultant, Sharon Counterman, joined the company as senior project manager.

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September 09, 2020 | Comments
A sale of the U.S. subsidiaries of Hytera Communications that was expected to be approved by a bankruptcy court on Aug. 27 was delayed. Additionally, the court approved a stipulation between Hytera and Motorola Solutions that lifted a stay the bankruptcy case put on other legal proceedings between the two entities.

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September 09, 2020 | Comments
In partnership with prime contractor Cobham Aerospace Connectivity, QinetiQ has completed a series of significant trials to test, integrate and assure the technology for a new 4G LTE Aircraft Communications System (ACS) that will transform the connectivity and effectiveness of the UK’s Emergency Services Air to Ground (A2G) communications.

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September 09, 2020 | Comments
The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau announced a temporary freeze on the acceptance and processing of certain applications in the 4.9 GHz band.

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September 08, 2020 | Comments
The Butte County (California) Fire Department chose RadioMobile’s IQ Mobile App for its mobile data communications, digital dispatching and automatic vehicle location (AVL) solution.

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September 08, 2020 | Comments
The city of Oakland, California, selected Federal Engineering to assist it with an upgrade of its CAD and records management system (RMS).

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September 08, 2020 | Comments
This year’s PMRExpo will be a digital event. Organizer EW Medien und Kongresse and sponsor PMeV – Network for Secure Communications determined that infection rates from the COVID-19 pandemic do not currently allow a physical event with almost 5,000 participants, especially considering the industry represented by the PMRExpo is about safety and protecting the public.

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September 08, 2020 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai shared with his colleagues a draft proposal that would take decisive steps toward making the 3.45 – 3.55 GHz band available for commercial use throughout the contiguous U.S. This item will be on the agenda of the FCC’s September 30 open meeting and, if adopted, would position this 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum for commercial 5G use.

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September 08, 2020 | Comments
The FCC plans to release a notice of inquiry for its September meeting seeking comments on the effects of 9-1-1 fee diversion and exploring additional steps the commission or others can take to discourage states from diverting 9-1-1 fees.

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September 08, 2020 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the commission will consider a report and order that would allow states to lease 4.9 GHz spectrum to commercial entities and electric utilities at its September board meeting.

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September 08, 2020 | Comments
Anterix added Rob Schwartz, Hamid Akhavan and Leslie Daniels to the Anterix board of directors. Schwartz is the company’s president and CEO.

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September 03, 2020 | Comments
Nokia announced that the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the largest utility company in the world, will deploy a programmable and agile optical network using Nokia’s IP/optical solutions.

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September 03, 2020 | Comments
A variety of public-safety and industry entities argued that an auction of the T-band spectrum will not be successful and finding spectrum to relocate incumbents will be costly and difficult in comments to the FCC.

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September 03, 2020 | Comments
TCCA has launched registration for Critical Communications Week (CCWeek), its new free-to-attend event aimed at bringing the global sector together to network and learn within a virtual space.

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September 02, 2020 | Comments
Sepura hired Sergei Yarushin to head up its sales operations in the Nordic region to further cement its position as market leaders for critical communications in the territory. Yarushin will be supported by Martin Nordlöf, based in Sweden as a dedicated technical resource for Nordic customers.

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September 02, 2020 | Comments
At the PSCR 2020: The Digital Experience held by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division senior executives from Polaris Networks gave a sneak peek of the latest offering from the company’s product portfolio: the Mission Critical Test Platform (MCTP), a certification test suite for ensuring mission-critical push to talk (PTT), video, data (MCX) devices conform to MCX standards.

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September 02, 2020 | Comments
The Radio Club of America (RCA) is hosting its first ever Virtual Technical Symposium and Awards Program on Saturday, November 21. The date has shifted one day from when it was scheduled as an in-person event to allow more people to participate in both events. Both virtual-only events will be offered at no charge and will even feature prizes for attendees.

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September 02, 2020 | Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board Chair Tip Osterthaler named Chief Richard Carrizzo vice chair of the board, effective immediately.

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September 02, 2020 | Comments
The FCC released a public notice detailing the results of and next steps related to the recently concluded auction of 70 megahertz of priority access licenses (PALs) in the 3.55 – 3.65 MHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. Verizon Wireless Network Procurement led all bidders with total winning bids of $1.89 billion, while Wetterhorn Wireless won the most PALs with 5,492.

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September 01, 2020 | Comments
Verizon selected Advanced Ground Information Systems (AGIS) to feature its LifeRing first responder application on the Verizon Public Safety Portal.

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September 01, 2020 | Comments
The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has chosen a DAMM TetraFlex radio system for secure mission-critical radio communications for Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at Lucknow in the northern region of India.

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September 01, 2020 | Comments
National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) 5.0 release candidate 1 (RC1) is available for public review and comment through Thursday, September 10.

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September 01, 2020 | Comments
The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is seeking comment on emergency access to Wi-Fi access points as directed by Congress in Ray Baum’s Act of 2018.

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September 01, 2020 | Comments
The University of Leeds has published a significant research report entitled Information and Communication Technologies in the Fire and Rescue Services in England. The report has a distinct focus on the U.K.’s Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) and the Services’ readiness for and confidence in the UK’s Emergency Services Network (ESN).

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Events
September 2020

21 - 25
NENA Conference and Expo
Virtual Conference and Expo
https://www.nena.org/page/nena2020

October 2020

8 - 8
Webinar: 5 Key Trends in Public Safety & the Technology Implications

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6370537795482307343

November 2020

3 - 5
Critical Communications World (CCW)
Madrid, Spain
https://www.critical-communications-world.com/madrid

5 - 26
Comms Connect Virtual Conference
Virtual Conference and Expo
http://virtual.comms-connect.com.au/

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