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April 18, 2018 | Comments
The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released version 1.1 of its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, more widely known as the Cybersecurity Framework.

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April 18, 2018 | Comments
Guidance and documentation on adopting Javascript Object Notation (JSON) as a second standard format for representing data based on the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) data model is now available.

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April 18, 2018 | Comments
A new white paper from TCCA said new technologies are not yet suitable for mission-critical supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications, such as smart grid management, river level monitoring, oil and gas applications or civil defense warnings. This is primarily due to the lack of in-built resilience and the use of unlicensed spectrum.

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April 18, 2018 | Comments
The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) asked lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on energy to require the FCC to hold regular meetings about spectrum with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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April 18, 2018 | Comments
Hytera Communications released its 2017 annual report, noting the firm generated revenues of 5.4 billion Chinese yuan (US$860.6 million) in 2017, up 56 percent year-on-year.

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April 18, 2018 | Comments
An Illinois district judge ruled that an email chain between Motorola Solutions employees is not protected by attorney-client privilege and must be turned over to Hytera Communications as part of the discovery process.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
Like many in public safety, I’ve been watching with great interest as manufacturers develop new and improved devices intended for use on public-safety networks that expand on previous versions’ functionality, survivability and overall suitability. Device features such as improved ruggedness, user-replaceable batteries and positive-locking accessory side connectors are major improvements as device manufacturers zero in on products that will work in the public-safety world.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
The Kiowa (Oklahoma) Police Department deployed a mobile platform for data collection, digital evidence management and workflow from SceneDoc. Kiowa was the first agency in Oklahoma to invest in the platform, which leverages smartphones to securely issue citations.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
Aviat Networks announced a new $4.5 million project with a large county government in Nevada to support countywide first responder communications. Police, fire and emergency services throughout the county will have increased capacity and reliability for their critical voice and data communications.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
Nokia and Smart City Capital launched a joint program to help Canadian cities fund and reduce the risks associated with smart city initiatives. With available project funding from Smart City Capital exceeding C$2 billion (US$1.6 billion), the program complements the Smart Cities Challenge program launched by Infrastructure Canada earlier this year.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Association (FNA) announced three new initiatives to boost membership.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
The FCC released a final report on the Sept. 27, 2017, third nationwide test of the emergency alert system (EAS).

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
In a public notice, the FCC disseminated lessons learned from major network outages and reminded communications service providers to review industry best practices to ensure network reliability. The commission also touted its new network reliability page on its website to help ensure that network providers, public-safety entities and the public can readily find the FCC’s work in promoting industry best practices.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
Microwave equipment manufacturer Aviat Networks launched a website that allows industry officials to sign an ex parte letter petitioning the FCC to oppose frequency sharing at 6 GHz.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
The National 911 Program awarded five new contracts for projects to advance emergency communications, kicking off the federal fiscal year.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
At the FCC’s April 17 meeting, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that it would be her last FCC meeting as a commissioner. No further details about her departure date or future plans were given.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
The FCC proposed prohibiting money from the $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund (USF) from being spent on equipment or services from suppliers that raise national security concerns. Chinese firms are not named in the FCC notice but several Chinese firms have been targeted by the U.S. government as security threats.

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April 16, 2018 | Comments
Software developed by APD Communications is the first to be officially certified to support the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN). The Network Approval Testing Service (NATS) accredited APD’s Cortex, a company statement said.

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April 16, 2018 | Comments
Sublette County, Wyoming, selected Harris to transition its conventional analog communications system to a new Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 digital network that provides increased reliability, coverage, interoperability and functionality.

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April 16, 2018 | Comments
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced a five-year cooperative research and development (R&D) agreement with the University of Colorado Boulder to develop a wireless test bed. NTIA’s Boulder-based Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) will work with the university to install spectrum-monitoring sensors throughout the CU Boulder campus, with data to be available to both parties for spectrum management research.

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April 16, 2018 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released its 2018 Mobile Security Research and Development (R&D) Program Guide that introduces the technology projects, goals and objectives and their alignment with DHS and federal mobile security strategies and priorities.

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April 16, 2018 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex program released a handbook aimed at ensuring the varied on-body technologies used by first responders interoperate.

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April 13, 2018 | Comments
The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) staff is gearing up for the annual Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting with some big changes planned for the 2018 event. More than 450 attendees are expected to converge at the San Diego Convention Center Jun 5 – 8, said Dereck Orr, PSCR chief.

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April 13, 2018 | Comments
Advanced RF Technologies (ADRF), an in-building distributed antenna system (DAS) provider for public-safety and commercial radio frequencies, joined the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to public-safety communications.

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April 13, 2018 | Comments
EE was allocated 3.54 – 3.58 GHz spectrum in the U.K. 4G and 5G airwaves auction, paying an additional £1 million (US$1.4 million) from the assignment stage. EE won the 40 megahertz of 3.4 GHz spectrum at a cost of £302.6 million (US$431.4 million) in the assignment stage.

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April 12, 2018 | Comments
Motorola Solutions is providing a radio networking solution to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia, 4 – 15 April. Motorola was selected as the official TETRA communications supplier last year.

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April 12, 2018 | Comments
CommScope and Ericsson completed interoperability testing of their Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) equipment, one of the first successful interoperability tests using the Wireless Innovation Forum’s release 1.2 specifications.

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April 12, 2018 | Comments
During April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National 911 Program recognize 9-1-1 education month, and April 8 –14 as National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week. Throughout 2018, the 9-1-1 community is celebrating 50 years of 9-1-1.

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April 12, 2018 | Comments
The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) asked for federal funds to research and develop technologies that would ensure utilities have resilient communications systems to recover from black sky events in a letter to Congress. UTC said various federal agencies should be encouraged to understand the cross-sector interdependencies that exist so solutions can be developed to address these interdependencies.

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a list of approved devices under the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Device Approval Program.

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
The FCC announced the agenda for the April 13 public workshop to identify communications information needs of government and consumers to improve preparation and response efforts during crises.

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
Comtech Telecommunications received a two-year multimillion dollar contract to provide next-generation text to 9-1-1 for the state of Maryland.

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
The FCC released its final report on the Jan. 13 false alert of an imminent ballistic missile attack in Hawaii. The report includes best practices to guard against false alerts.

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
Six Rice electrical and computer engineering students developed hardware and software to coordinate sensor-carrying drones that can evaluate local atmospheric conditions, measure electronic signals such as Wi-Fi and map areas in three dimensions.

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
Bane NOR, the state-owned agency responsible for the Norwegian national railway infrastructure, contracted Siemens to upgrade the signaling equipment of the entire Norwegian rail network to the European train control system (ETCS).

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is supporting the development and deployment of the first two Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) research platforms, based in Salt Lake City and New York City.

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published regulations on the use of television white space (TVWS), marking a step forward in enabling affordable broadband in the country, executives said.

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
AT&T and Crown Castle signed a new agreement simplifying and expanding their long-term leasing deal for wireless network infrastructure. Under the new agreement, leasing management and operations are streamlined to allow AT&T to efficiently deploy new technologies and increase network capacity, a statement said.

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April 11, 2018 | Comments
SK Telecom (SKT) and Nokia are conducting a trial of Long Term Evolution (LTE) public-safety technologies in South Korea. The trial in Pyeongchang, Jeongsun and Gangneung is being conducted with first responder teams to enhance communications and response time in emergency situations.

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April 10, 2018 | Comments
The FCC released a report and order that establishes the Alert Reporting System (ARS) for the nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS). The ARS will create a comprehensive online filing system for the EAS by combining the existing EAS Test Reporting System (ERTS) with a new, streamlined electronic system for filing state EAS plans.

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April 10, 2018 | Comments
The industry is in the midst of sweeping changes as it moves to an entirely new technology, Long Term Evolution (LTE). A new e-book from RadioResource Media Group gathers the most pressing challenges and benefits of the evolution in one resource.

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April 09, 2018 | Comments
The city of Marion, Iowa, awarded Federal Engineering a contract to assist with the planning, design and implementation of a consolidated public-safety answering point (PSAP).

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April 09, 2018 | Comments
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International questioned the validity of an analysis of unlicensed services in the 6 GHz band in discussions with FCC officials. The FCC last year released a notice of inquiry (NOI) on ways to expand opportunities for mid-band spectrum from 3.7 to 24 GHz.

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April 09, 2018 | Comments
New public opinion research finds that the overwhelming majority of Americans want public TV to play a role in providing earthquake early warnings. Commissioned by Eagle Hill Consulting, the research also finds strong public support for government investment in early warning technology.

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April 09, 2018 | Comments
Motorola Solutions, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) and other industry groups had discussions with FCC officials regarding the rules and proposals under consideration for the 3.55 – 3.7 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum.

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April 06, 2018 | Comments
Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI), a developer of drone ports and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), entered into a long-term spectrum lease within the upper 700 MHz A block. Financial details of the lease were not disclosed.

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April 06, 2018 | Comments
The U.K. Home Office released an RF susceptibility test requirement that applies to electrical and electronic equipment where immunity to RF interference is of principal importance. The requirement addresses the higher end of the frequency spectrum, where many transceiver-based devices operate, and addresses the high probability of a number of these devices being active in close proximity inside the same vehicle.

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April 06, 2018 | Comments
Public-safety representatives from the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and CTIA met with representatives of the FCC to discuss emergency apps.

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April 06, 2018 | Comments
Mobile One Australia announced that it ceased trading as of 1 April. Australia-based Rojone purchased the manufacturing and distribution of Mobile One antennas, headsets and Nexus products.

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April 05, 2018 | Comments
Simoco Wireless Solutions appointed Graeme Warne to a newly created business development manager position.

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April 05, 2018 | Comments
TJ Kennedy, former president of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), joined the SceneDoc executive advisory council (EAC).

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April 05, 2018 | Comments
French firm Sysoco tested a gateway radio solution ahead of a planned rollout at Lyon-Bron Airport and Lyon Saint-Exupery in France.

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April 05, 2018 | Comments
The Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) was implemented in the southeastern European nations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Montenegro for emergency response.

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April 04, 2018 | Comments
Mobile Tornado, a provider of end-to-end push-to-talk (PTT) solutions over IP networks, and Partner Group, a cellular provider in Israel, signed an agreement under which Mobile Tornado will provide its PTT over cellular (PoC) solutions to Partner customers in Israel.

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April 04, 2018 | Comments
PCTEL opened its wireless product development center in Akron, Ohio. The center is dedicated to the development of devices for the industrial internet of things (IoT) and other enterprise-class applications.

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April 04, 2018 | Comments
Airbus touted its work in mission-critical Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards, noting its work with partners within 3GPP on Long Term Evolution (LTE) Release 15 and 16, set to be complete by the end of 2019.

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April 04, 2018 | Comments
National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) version 4.1 beta1 is available for public review and comment. NIEM 4.1 will be a minor release that incorporates content updates to domains, including biometrics, emergency management, human services, justice and military operations.

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April 04, 2018 | Comments
In March 2017, the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) recommended that communications service providers implement certain security measures to help prevent exploitation of carrier Signaling System 7 (SS7) network infrastructure. These recommendations were intended to increase awareness of SS7 signaling vulnerabilities and included risk mitigation strategies for the continued use of SS7.

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April 04, 2018 | Comments
New research from IHS Markit projects that total critical communications revenues associated with transport will be worth more than $3 billion by the end of 2020.

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April 04, 2018 | Comments
Public-safety leaders created the FirstNet Association, an organization dedicated to bridging the gap between end users of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) and those responsible for the system’s buildout, evolution and maintenance.

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April 04, 2018 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) formed the Private Wireless Education Council (PWEC). The group’s objective is to nurture greater access to training programs in place and offer additional courses such as licensing and frequency coordination, system planning, spectrum acquisition, safety requirements and RF interference mitigation to expand its members’ knowledge base.

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April 03, 2018 | Comments
Everbridge Holdings completed the voluntary offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Unified Messaging Systems. Payment of the offer price is being made to the UMS shareholders who accepted the offer. At the same time, 184.7 million tendered shares are being transferred to Everbridge. As a result, Everbridge now holds 186.4 million shares, representing about 94.2 percent of the total shares in UMS, on a fully diluted basis.

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April 03, 2018 | Comments
Grupo de Transporte Especial (GTE), the special transport group of the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira), renewed its contract for Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect flight support services to cover its fleet of 13 aircraft.

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April 03, 2018 | Comments
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly requested more information from Rhode Island’s governor on the state’s planned efforts to stop 9-1-1 fee diversion practices.

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April 03, 2018 | Comments
Nokia and its partners Herkules, Pozbud and Wasko, and Poland's state-owned railway operator PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe (PKP PLK) signed a five-year contract to deploy a nationwide turnkey GSM-R and mission-critical backhaul network to enhance railway security and reliability throughout the country.

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April 03, 2018 | Comments
The FCC launched a new honors engineer program to recruit current students and recent engineering school graduates to the FCC and into the forefront of the technology and communications fields.

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April 03, 2018 | Comments
Government agencies will soon be able to deliver emergency alerts to more Canadians during threat-to-life situations with the addition of wireless public alerting (WPA) to Alert Ready, Canada's national public alerting system. Beginning April 6, wireless service providers will distribute emergency alerts received from alerting authorities directly to compatible wireless devices connected to Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

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April 03, 2018 | Comments
Executives provided further details about the devices certified for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network, with some new names and features joining the public-safety communications market.

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April 02, 2018 | Comments
LGS Innovations, a technology company and a member of the National Spectrum Consortium, received a three-year, $14.5 million award for the Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA) Policy Development project.

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April 02, 2018 | Comments
The FCC provided guidance to commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers on filing certifications of compliance with the three-year E9-1-1 location accuracy benchmark as required by the commission’s rules. The three-year benchmark requires CMRS providers to provide, as of April 3, dispatchable location or X/Y location (latitude and longitude) within 50 meters for 50 percent of all wireless 9-1-1 calls.

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April 02, 2018 | Comments
The Radio Club of America (RCA) announced its latest named endowment fund, dedicated to support RCA operations. The Howard and Micheline Rosen Fund is funded by long-time members, Howard (VE2AED) and Micheline (KM6FOH) Rosen.

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April 02, 2018 | Comments
The FCC proposed a penalty of $22,000 against Full Spectrum for apparently willfully and repeatedly causing harmful interference to more than 200 Verizon Wireless base stations in San José, California, operating radio transmission equipment without a license on frequencies 785 MHz – 790 MHz, and operating radio frequency equipment without an FCC equipment authorization.

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April 02, 2018 | Comments
The network operations center (NOC) for Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications Systems (LA-RICS) opened at the sheriff’s office communication center in east Los Angeles. The location will monitor the more than 60 public-safety broadband network (PSBN) sites.

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Comms Connect Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand
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Critical Communications World (CC World)
Berlin
www.critical-communications-world.com/

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