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June 23, 2017 | Comments
San Luis Valley 9-1-1 in Colorado selected the Solacom 9-1-1 call-handling solution for next-generation call handling and management. The emergency telephone authority, responsible for 9-1-1 calls from residents in six counties in southwestern Colorado, needs to be able to pinpoint any call.

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June 23, 2017 | Comments
The FCC will consider an order on reconsideration and further notice of proposed rulemaking that would address licensed and unlicensed wireless microphone operations in the TV bands and various other frequency bands at its July 13 open meeting.

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June 23, 2017 | Comments
Airbus, which supplies Mexico’s nationwide mission-critical Tetrapol network Red Nacional de Radiocomunicación de Misión Crítica Tetrapol (IRIS), wants to create the first broadband virtual mobile operator for public safety in Mexico.

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June 23, 2017 | Comments
The FCC released a report and order that establishes the standards and procedures it will use to review state alternative plans for states that want to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and build their own radio access network (RAN). The rules give states that opt out of the FirstNet state plan an extra 60 days to complete a request for proposals (RFP) process, providing for 240 days total.

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June 22, 2017 | Comments
Redline Communications partnered with Future Technologies Ventures to offer Future Technologies' military customers Redline's mobile Long Term Evolution (LTE) product line for tactical rapid deployment purposes. Future Technologies also positioned Redline's LTE product across its private network customer base of vertical markets including rail, first responders, military, utility, maritime, and oil and gas.

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June 22, 2017 | Comments
EchoStar Mobile and Thales are collaborating to jointly develop advanced mobile satellite voice and data services to meet the needs of security forces and first responders dealing with emergency situations in France and throughout Europe.

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June 22, 2017 | Comments
Hytera delivered a TETRA solution to Ras Al Khair Plant of Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC) in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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June 22, 2017 | Comments
The Zigbee Alliance, an association for global standards for the internet of things (IoT), announced the availability of Zigbee PRO 2017, a mesh networking technology designed to connect and facilitate interoperability between smart devices. Zigbee PRO is the underlying network technology that supports full-stack interoperable devices certified under Zigbee 3.0.

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June 22, 2017 | Comments
The FCC proposed adding an alert option to the nation’s emergency alert system (EAS) to help protect the nation’s law enforcement officers. Called a “blue alert,” the option would be used by authorities in states across the country to notify the public through TV and radio of threats to law enforcement and to help apprehend dangerous suspects.

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June 22, 2017 | Comments
Following Hytera’s acquisition of the Sepura Group , Qingzhou Chen, Hytera’s founder, chairman and CEO, and senior leadership team travelled to the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany for meetings with Sepura Group leadership and professionals and Hytera’s local teams in Europe.

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June 21, 2017 | Comments
Rosemary C. Harold will be appointed chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. Harold is an attorney with experience both within the agency and in private practice, as well as a former journalist.

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June 20, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions and partner mm-lab equipped Bosch’s automotive proving ground in Boxberg, Germany, with the mm-lab Proving Ground Management System (PGMS) and Motorola’s LEX L10 mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) handheld devices.

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June 20, 2017 | Comments
RF Industries hired Robert D. Dawson as president and CEO. Howard Hill, RFI's interim president and CEO, will remain with the company as a member of its board of directors.

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June 20, 2017 | Comments
NVIS Communications, the U.S. Barrett Communications system integrator, together with REDCOM Labs and Star Solutions provided high-frequency (HF), Long Term Evolution (LTE), satellite and mobile phone connectivity across the 120-mile Baker to Vegas law enforcement officer foot race.

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June 20, 2017 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) filed supporting comments in response to a waiver request filed by Bristol-Myers Squibb to use UHF channels designated for airport terminal use (ATU) at five of their plants in New Jersey and Connecticut.

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June 20, 2017 | Comments
Rhode Island joined a handful of other states in releasing a request for proposal (RFP) for a radio access network (RAN) alternative plan to compare to its First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plan, released June 19.

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June 20, 2017 | Comments
With FirstNet releasing most of the state plans this week, state officials should take advantage of the full time allowed to review their plans in order to help make the most informed and best decision for their states.

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June 19, 2017 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T released state plans to U.S. states and territories. The plans, delivered through online portals, provide most of the information such as coverage, cost and timelines that states need to make decisions about whether to opt into the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) or develop their own radio access network (RAN).

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June 19, 2017 | Comments
Indiana County, Pennsylvania, selected Federal Engineering to provide a range of public-safety answering point (PSAP) and 9-1-1 consulting services on an ongoing basis.

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June 19, 2017 | Comments
The state of Colorado, Southern Linc and Rivada Networks submitted comments generally agreeing with the FCC’s draft order outlining proposed rules for states that choose to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plans.

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June 16, 2017 | Comments
Spectrum Communications is among the local businesses named a Motorola Solutions Empower Circle winner for 2016. The honor recognizes local independent distributors, resellers and dealers of its products, known as channel partners, for outstanding sales performance and customer service.

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June 16, 2017 | Comments
Emergency Response Assistance Canada, with the help of RST, conducted a rail emergency exercise as part of ongoing responder training in the event of an incident involving railcars or trucks carrying flammable liquids or gas.

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June 16, 2017 | Comments
Norsat International received, reviewed and considered an offer from Hytera to amend the terms of the existing amended arrangement agreement. The amended offer is to acquire the company for cash consideration of $11.50 per share and to increase both the Norsat and Hytera termination fees from US$2.5 million to US$3 million, respectively.

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June 16, 2017 | Comments

June 16, 2017 | Comments

June 16, 2017 | Comments
During several meetings, FirstNet reiterated that the draft order’s decision not to require an opt-out state to have in place an executed contract with a vendor prior to submitting an alternative plan to the FCC could have disastrous consequences for the network and public safety.

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June 15, 2017 | Comments
xG Technology was awarded a new patent covering an innovative method for enhancing the resilience of communications systems in the face of harmful interference. The patent “Interference-Tolerant Multi-Band Synchronizer” describes an approach that enables a wireless network to maintain performance despite adverse operating conditions.

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June 15, 2017 | Comments
Federal Resources, a provider of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions, partnered with Orion Labs, a push-to-talk (PTT) communications company. The partnership allows Federal Resources to offer Orion Labs’ PTT solution to federal, state and local government organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

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June 15, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions announced MOTOTRBO has been in China for 10 years and said it plans “made-for-China solutions” to help companies achieve various needs.

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June 15, 2017 | Comments
The Relm Wireless board of directors approved the repurchase of 500,000 shares of the company's common stock in addition to the 500,000-share authorization announced May 19, 2016, for a total repurchase authorization of 1 million shares. The repurchase program has no termination date.

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June 15, 2017 | Comments
The International Critical Control Rooms Alliance (ICCRA) launched a project to drive the standardization of critical control room technical interfaces for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) organizations.

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June 15, 2017 | Comments
The SAFECOM program released its annual guidance on 2017 grants. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earlier this month released $1.6 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017 notices of funding opportunities for 10 grant programs.

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June 14, 2017 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appointed members to serve on the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). The CSRIC will hold its first meeting June 23.

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June 14, 2017 | Comments
Aviat Networks received $4 million in follow-on orders from five utility customers in the U.S. Southeast. Received in the company's fiscal 2017 fourth quarter, these orders involve upgrades to communications infrastructure to support the addition of new substations and power generation facilities.

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June 14, 2017 | Comments
DAMM’s communications solution for São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil consists of a fully redundant TETRA carrier system and secures passenger safety and improves efficiency. The network serves airline customers such as LATAM and Qatar Airways.

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June 14, 2017 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) challenged a public-safety licensee’s claim that only access via waiver to business/industrial land transportation (B/ILT) channels would satisfy its spectrum requirements. EWA filed comments with the FCC stating that Washington County, Oregon, did not meet the FCC’s standard for waiver relief needed to secure two 800 MHz B/ILT pool frequencies as part of a planned upgrade to a Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 system.

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June 14, 2017 | Comments
The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing examining cybersecurity risks to wireless technologies with a particular focus on wireless networks and mobile devices.

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June 14, 2017 | Comments
The International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3), a body focused on professional standards for the global information, communications and technology (ICT) industry, launched a new, simplified “Guide for Accrediting Schemes to Recognize ICT Professionals” at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2017 in Geneva.

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June 14, 2017 | Comments
President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to serve as a member of the FCC. Rosenworcel was a commissioner at the FCC from 2012 until January 2017.

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June 14, 2017 | Comments
AT&T and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) officials detailed aspects of the priority and pre-emption capabilities for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) during a panel at the 2017 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
Years of questions and anticipation about the next chapter of FirstNet are coming to a close as the nation’s SPOCs and their respective teams prepare for the next leg of the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
In a joint exercise, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with local law enforcement agencies, took part in a simulation exercise to test emergency preparedness in the event of a large-scale threat.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
Rohill and local Rohill partners Maxto and IP Connect completed the TETRA communications network migration to Rohill TetraNode in Warsaw, Szczecin and Krakow. The system has been fully operational for eight months and was formally accepted by the customer after an extensive period of testing.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
RF Industries announced profitable results for the fiscal second quarter ended April 30. Second quarter fiscal 2017 sales were $7.6 million compared with $7.7 million for the same quarter last year. Net income was $78,000 compared with a net loss of $113,000 in the same quarter last year.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
The Alpharetta (Georgia) Department of Public Safety and LaaSer Critical Communications kicked off a pilot program to showcase LaaSer's caller location technology. The program will deploy the technology at the public-safety answering point (PSAP) that serves both Milton and Alpharetta, Georgia.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
In a letter to shareholders, Westell Technologies touted its vision to target public-safety communications, saying it has introduced new products specifically for public safety and has other new products slated for release later this year.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
The National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) elected a new executive board. NASNA’s new president is Maria Jacques, director of the state of Maine Emergency Services Communication Bureau.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
Lisa M. Fowlkes was selected as chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB), continuing the work she has been doing as acting chief.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
Europe’s Radio Equipment Directive (RED) becomes mandatory 13 June, and the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTED) can no longer be used to access the European market. This major update of Europe’s single market rules for radio equipment was published in May 2014.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions announced it will provide mobile apps, software and services for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network as part of its role on the AT&T team selected by the U.S. government to deliver the U.S. nationwide public-safety broadband network.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
During her opening keynote at the 2017 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Chairwoman Sue Swenson touted the contract award to AT&T in March as a historic moment and encouraged the public-safety community to continue to innovate as the network moves forward.

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June 12, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) joined the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) in voicing concerns about satellite use of the 460 – 470 MHz band to the FCC.

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June 12, 2017 | Comments
At the Civil Protection Center in Palmanova, Italy, the research project Establish a Pan-European Information Space to Enhance seCurity of Citizens (EPISECC), funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7), demonstrated information technology to enable interoperability between public-safety agencies.

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June 12, 2017 | Comments
RF Industries appointed Gerald T. Garland to its board of directors. Garland 66, was most recently senior vice president of solutions development and product management for TESSCO Technologies.

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June 12, 2017 | Comments
The Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) announced Leonardo Critical Communications, formerly Selex, as a returning PTIG corporate member.

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June 12, 2017 | Comments
The Boston Police Department will deploy the full suite of NICE public-safety solutions for quality assurance, multimedia incident reconstruction, and IP telephony and radio recording. The software will be deployed at three sites, including its primary and backup 9-1-1 centers.

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June 12, 2017 | Comments
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) announced a new board. Rob McMullen was sworn in as president of the board of directors.

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June 12, 2017 | Comments
The bidding war for Norsat International continues. Norsat International received an updated unsolicited proposal from Privet Fund Management to acquire the company for cash consideration of $11.50 per share. The proposal is not subject to due diligence or financing conditions.

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June 12, 2017 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awarded $1.3 million to 12 small businesses for 13 phase one contract awards to develop technology solutions to homeland-security challenges.

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June 12, 2017 | Comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded $38.5 million to 33 research and development (R&D) projects aimed at advancing broadband communications technologies for first responders.

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June 09, 2017 | Comments
The fifth First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in-person state single point of contact (SPOC) meeting — the first since FirstNet announced its industry partner AT&T at the end of March — wrapped up this week with FirstNet officials saying states can opt in as soon as they receive their first state plan and reassuring states that they will address state portal terms of use concerns.

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June 08, 2017 | Comments
Verizon held a major disaster response exercise for first responders and state and local government officials in Perry, Georgia. The exercise, supported by partners, demonstrated how a variety of technologies can support first responders in emergency situations such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.

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June 08, 2017 | Comments
Siyata Mobile signed a vendor agreement and received a purchase order from a leading global two-way radio vendor. Siyata will provide the vendor with both rugged devices and commercial vehicle devices with push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) capabilities.

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June 07, 2017 | Comments
The IJIS Institute released a new white paper titled “CAD-to-CAD Data Sharing.” The IJIS Institute Public Safety Technical Standards Advisory Committee (IPSTC) created the white paper to assist the government community in its procurement of dispatch systems.

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June 07, 2017 | Comments
Ligado Networks formed a collaborative partnership with Harris to enable beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations (BVLOS) for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

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June 07, 2017 | Comments
Cobham Wireless delivered a public-safety communications system for the Eurasia Tunnel, the first undersea road tunnel to connect two continents. The multiband, multitechnology coverage solution provides the emergency services communications within the 5.4-kilometer tunnel, which links two areas of Istanbul and spans both Europe and Asia.

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June 07, 2017 | Comments
pdvWireless reported its fourth quarter and fiscal-year results for the period ended March 31.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
Aptean, a provider of mission-critical enterprise software, acquired FDM Software, which provides records management systems, CAD, mapping and analysis solutions for public-safety agencies in North and South America.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) named Wes Johnston CEO. Johnston comes to TIA with more than 25 years of experience leading technology and telecom businesses. Most recently, he was managing director for technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) at The Gores Group, a global private equity firm.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
During the next year, LaaSer Critical Communications will work with IXP and the Chattahoochee River (Georgia) 9-1-1 Authority (ChatComm) to deliver enhanced services at the four Atlanta-area municipalities served by ChatComm.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
Zetron and RapidSOS announced the deployment of RapidSOS-enabled Zetron MAX call-taking software in multiple public-safety answering points (PSAPs) in Tennessee. PSAPs equipped with the newest MAX software are participating in a statewide pilot project coordinated by the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released fiscal year (FY) 2017 notices of funding opportunity for 10 DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
A First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) official and AT&T executive offered an advance look at some of the information state single points of contact (SPOCs) will receive this week in Dallas during a state plan kick-off meeting.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
RapidSOS announced a data-sharing partnership with Waze, a real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app. 9-1-1 centers connected to the RapidSOS next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) clearinghouse will soon be able to receive live incident data from Waze, providing public-safety call-takers and first responders with information around car crashes.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced grant recipients that will receive $197 million in competitive grant funding to help commuter and intercity passenger railroads meet the Dec. 31, 2018, deadline to implement positive train control (PTC) systems to improve safety.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
AT&T executives told FCC officials that opting out of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) results in “an exceptionally difficult and costly process for the state involved.” Four AT&T employees met with FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) staff May 18.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
The U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN) staff continues to conduct tests and functional trials with commercial partners and has received final responses to a device procurement. The U.K. Home Office, which oversees the ESN, is working toward its pending transition from the narrowband TETRA Airwave network to EE’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) system.

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June 06, 2017 | Comments
Several state officials are concerned about the legal terms of use document the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has requested they sign before they can access the draft state plans later this month. Washington state sent a letter to FirstNet outlining its concerns, including the short timeframe for review of the terms of use and requests in the document that conflict with state laws.

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June 02, 2017 | Comments
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) will conduct an emergency exercise at Toronto Pearson International Airport early June 3. The exercise will run from 2 to 4 a.m. and will take place in several locations.

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June 02, 2017 | Comments
The current 10-year license term is not in the best interest of business enterprises, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) said in comments filed with the FCC. EWA recommended adopting five-year license terms for Part 90 licenses.

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June 02, 2017 | Comments
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) directed all telephone and mobile wireless companies to update their networks to be ready to provide next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) services by 2020.

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June 01, 2017 | Comments
Hytera Communications filed a motion May 31 to dismiss a theft of trade secrets case brought against it by Motorola Solutions in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The motion cites the timeline before Motorola Solutions filed its case and says the information from the U.S.-based manufacturer is vague and ambiguous.

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June 01, 2017 | Comments
Rave Mobile Safety and RapidSOS announced a strategic partnership to transform the information available to responders to accelerate response times and save lives. The partnership will use Rave’s and RapidSOS’ technology to deliver precise location information and real-time connected device data to 9-1-1 call-takers, dispatchers and responders.

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June 01, 2017 | Comments
Airbus DS Communications announced new support and resources to help public-safety answering points (PSAPs) with up to 10 call-taking positions transition to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) with a new program.

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June 01, 2017 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a new report, “Best Practices for Incorporating Social Media into Exercises.

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June 01, 2017 | Comments
The FCC plans to consider a report and order to establish the procedures and standards the commission will use to review alternative plans submitted by states seeking to opt out of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) at its June 22 meeting.

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June 01, 2017 | Comments
Several European companies demonstrated the rapid establishment of safety-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) communications infrastructure at the network edge during a serious incident.

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June 2017

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Webinar: Considerations for Migrating a PSAP to Broadband LTE

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September 2017

26 - 28
2017 Canadian Utilities and Critical Infrastructure Information and Communications Technology Conference
Regina, Saskatchewan
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