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August 16, 2017 | Comments
Verizon announced it plans to build and operate a private network core dedicated to public safety and make priority access and pre-emption services available to public safety “when necessary and at no charge.

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August 15, 2017 | Comments
Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Linc entered into a partnership with the Huntsville-Madison County’s (Alabama) 9-1-1 Dispatch Center (MadCo 9-1-1) for mission-critical Long Term Evolution (LTE) service. The service is expected to be available in Huntsville and Madison County in the second quarter of 2018.

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August 15, 2017 | Comments
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International announced the winners of the 2017 Public Safety Communications and Technology Leadership Awards.

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August 15, 2017 | Comments
Futurecom Systems Group has taken over the production, support and ongoing development of the Siren and Lights Interface Module (SLIM) sold worldwide exclusively by Motorola Solutions.

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August 15, 2017 | Comments
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certified Harris’ MASTR V Project 25 (P25) base station compliant under the updated requirements of the P25 Compliance Assessment Program (CAP).

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August 15, 2017 | Comments
The Senate confirmed FCC commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr, putting the commission back to a full staff of five commissioners.

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August 15, 2017 | Comments
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International’s new guide card software called APCO IntelliComm will use IBM Watson speech to text and Watson analytics to enhance the scripted criteria guidance used by 9-1-1 emergency telecommunicators nationwide.

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August 15, 2017 | Comments
The state of Arizona opted into the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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August 14, 2017 | Comments
Verizon plans to submit proposals to statewide requests for proposals (RFPs) for alternative radio access networks (RANs) to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state plans and continue to “be a very viable choice for public safety,” said a Verizon executive.

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August 11, 2017 | Comments
The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) is calling out Apple for not adding advanced mobile location (AML), a technology that allows emergency services to accurately locate a caller in danger, to iPhones and other Apple devices.

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August 11, 2017 | Comments
Scott Edson, executive director of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS), provides an update on the combined Project 25 (P25) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) project.

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August 11, 2017 | Comments
Two states with early builder networks have already decided to opt in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), while specific details about the future of the states’ early builder networks are still unclear.

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August 11, 2017 | Comments
Zetron will host its seventh annual “Shoot for the Stars” golf tournament to benefit Behind the Badge Foundation in August. Behind the Badge is an organization that honors, supports and assists Washington state’s injured and fallen law-enforcement officers and their families.

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August 11, 2017 | Comments
Singapore company Addvalue Technologies formalized a worldwide agreement with Inmarsat to jointly offer a commercial on-demand communications service specifically designed to address certain elements of the rapidly expanding low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite market. The service, termed Inter-Satellite Data Relay Service (IDRS), will enhance and improve the operational efficiency of LEO satellite operations globally.

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August 11, 2017 | Comments
Simoco Wireless Solutions signed an agreement to implement the first phase of a multiphase project to provide Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Jamaica’s sole distributor of electricity, with a new Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) network.

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August 11, 2017 | Comments
The state of North Carolina released a request for proposals (RFP) for the design, installation and operation of a statewide broadband wireless system to serve North Carolina public-safety entities. The RFP is intended to provide an alternative to the offer from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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August 10, 2017 | Comments
Rave Mobile Safety said its technology now impacts 15 percent of 9-1-1 calls nationwide because of statewide expansion in Delaware. The company already has state partnerships with Arkansas and Michigan.

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August 10, 2017 | Comments
xG Technology’s Vislink business received orders valued at about $200,000 for specialized microwave communications equipment to be used in airborne surveillance and law enforcement operations by a police force in Africa.

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August 10, 2017 | Comments
Westell Technologies, a provider of wireless infrastructure, announced results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended June 30.

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August 10, 2017 | Comments
Hytera Communications announced an agreement with the International Canoe Federation and U.K. British Canoeing Sailing Committee to sponsor the XX International Canoe (IC) World Championships, hosted in the United Kingdom at the Welsh National Sailing Academy in Pwllheli 10 – 25 August.

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August 10, 2017 | Comments
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) released a new report called “Improving Vehicle Cybersecurity: ICT Industry Experience & Perspectives.

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August 10, 2017 | Comments
The FCC announced that the 9-1-1 Reliability Certification System is open for filing annual reliability certifications, which are due Oct. 15, 2017. Covered 9-1-1 service providers should file certifications using the commission’s online portal at https://apps2.fcc.gov/rcs911/.

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August 10, 2017 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE), a virtual training platform for active shooter incidents. EDGE allows responders of all disciplines to assume discipline-based avatars and simultaneously role-play complex response scenarios.

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August 09, 2017 | Comments
Public-safety smartphone maker Bittium reported its financial results for the first half of the year. Net sales from January to June decreased by 12.8 percent year-on-year to €27.1 million (US$31.8 million).

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August 09, 2017 | Comments
The Monroe County (Florida) Sheriff upgraded its CompassCom mobile resource management (MRM) solution to fully leverage the county’s recently enhanced Motorola Solutions Project 25 (P25) radio network.

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August 09, 2017 | Comments
Dubuque County, Iowa, is migrating its analog voice paging for its volunteer firefighters to a digital alerting solution from Swissphone. In conjunction with an upgrade to Project 25 (P25) for voice communications, Dubuque County wants to improve performance within its fire and EMS response. This requires faster and more reliable paging of its volunteer fire services to reduce response times.

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August 08, 2017 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC) finalized new documents that will allow Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 interoperability testing under the Compliance Assessment Program (CAP), and half the P25 CAP labs are now recognized by the new accreditation bodies.

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August 08, 2017 | Comments
Change is inevitable. During the past 127 years, the fire service witnessed the transformation from the use of a fire alarm box to dispatch centers. The first fire alarm call box was put into service in the 1880s to telegraph a location code to the central fire station when the lever was pulled in the box. As technology progressed, the fire service actively transitioned to dispatch centers that would receive and disseminate calls for service all over a city, county or jurisdiction.

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August 08, 2017 | Comments
The IJIS Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing, announced the results of its board of directors election.

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August 08, 2017 | Comments
FELHC, BPC Spectrum, Dominion 700 and Access 700 in June filed a request for an extension of time or waiver of the commission’s substantial service requirement applicable to certain 700 MHz guard band A block licenses.

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August 08, 2017 | Comments
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced his decision to accept the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T state plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state’s public-safety community, making Montana the 12th state or territory to opt in to FirstNet.

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August 08, 2017 | Comments
In 2010, the state of Arizona performed a successful proof of concept for a next-generation 9-1-1 system (NG 9-1-1) and planned to move forward with the transition. However, that same year, the state passed legislation cutting the state’s 9-1-1 fees, causing the state to shelve the project.

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August 08, 2017 | Comments
The Okaloosa County (Florida) Department of Public Safety upgraded to Airbus DS Communications’ 9-1-1 call-handling and router solutions. This transition from traditional analog technology to an IP-based system allows Okaloosa County to better manage its 9-1-1 emergency calls, while placing it on an accelerated path to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1), a statement said.

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August 08, 2017 | Comments
pdvWireless reported its first quarter results for the period ended June 30. Revenue for the company's first fiscal quarter ended June 30 was $1.5 million; revenue for the same period of the prior year was $1 million.

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August 08, 2017 | Comments
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has been investigating instances of misuse of, and harmful interference to, frequency 121.5 MHz, which the FCC set aside for emergency and distress communications.

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August 07, 2017 | Comments
The Henry County (Illinois) Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) awarded Federal Engineering a contract to provide 9-1-1 consolidation feasibility consulting services to assist with Henry County’s enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) needs.

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August 07, 2017 | Comments
In a public notice, the FCC reminded wireless providers interested in participating in the voluntary wireless resiliency cooperative framework. In the notice, the FCC invited wireless providers to participate in the voluntary framework and to jointly and collaboratively take steps to ensure wireless resiliency during disasters and other emergencies.

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August 04, 2017 | Comments
Ashwini Jarral was named the executive director of the IJIS Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing.

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August 04, 2017 | Comments
A new Frost & Sullivan analysis titled “Next Generation 911 – The Future of Public Safety, Forecast to 2022,” expects the total next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) market to increase from about $134.6 million in 2016 to $345.8 million by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17 percent. The study examines the NG 9-1-1 ecosystem, details key trends, market progress and growth opportunities.

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August 04, 2017 | Comments
The Senate passed six technology and telecommunications bills, all of which were previously approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The bills passed after the resolution of a two-year disagreement over a FCC nomination that had stalled bipartisan telecommunications legislation in Congress, a statement said.

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August 04, 2017 | Comments
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) released a 40-page report summarizing results from the first mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) Plugtests event held June 19 – 23.

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August 04, 2017 | Comments
The Senate confirmed two FCC commissioners Aug. 3, which means the commission is at full staff again with three Republicans and two Democrats.

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August 04, 2017 | Comments
Two northern border states — Michigan and Maine — opted in to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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August 04, 2017 | Comments
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and the National Emergency Number Association, which earlier this year had sparred over whether the NENA i3 next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) protocol is an official standard, reached a “consensus.

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August 04, 2017 | Comments
Motorola Solutions reported higher revenue and earnings for the second quarter, and executives said they continue to see customers invest in Project 25 (P25) for the long term.

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August 04, 2017 | Comments
The FCC opened a proceeding through a notice of inquiry (NOI) to examine whether rule changes in the 900 MHz band would be appropriate to increase access to spectrum, improve spectrum efficiency, and expand flexibility for next-generation technologies and services

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August 03, 2017 | Comments
The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) announced that board of directors member Kevin Dougherty was elected to serve on the association’s executive committee.

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August 03, 2017 | Comments
Avtec and Boone County (Missouri) Joint Communications (BCJC) completed an upgrade of the county’s emergency communications system in Columbia, including the deployment of dispatching technology configured to ensure complete failover redundancy.

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August 03, 2017 | Comments
The Radio Club of American (RCA) announced it will honor numerous individuals at the 2017 banquet and awards presentation in November.

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August 03, 2017 | Comments
The FCC initiated a new inquiry seeking comment on ways to expand opportunities for next-generation services, particularly wireless broadband services, in mid-band spectrum. An FCC notice of inquiry (NOI) will help to evaluate spectrum bands between 3.7 and 24 GHz for wireless broadband services to ensure the FCC is exploring all potential options to meet the ever-increasing demands for spectrum.

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August 03, 2017 | Comments
Sierra Wireless entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Numerex in a stock-for-stock merger transaction. The transaction is valued at about US$107 million based on Sierra Wireless’ closing stock price Aug. 1 of US$29.65 per share and represents a premium of 17.5 percent to Numerex’s 20-day average share price.

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August 03, 2017 | Comments
Simoco Wireless Solutions announced a partnership with communications equipment manufacturer RACOM as it expands its range of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and telemetry products.

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August 03, 2017 | Comments
Many radio enthusiasts will participate in a series of experiments to measure the effects on radio propagation during the total solar eclipse Aug. 21.

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August 03, 2017 | Comments
The FCC took steps to streamline and harmonize its license renewal and service continuity rules to ensure that wireless radio services (WRS) licensees have a consistent framework and use spectrum to benefit all Americans.

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August 03, 2017 | Comments
Europe’s CONCORDE and EPISECC projects are organizing a joint workshop on optimizing real-time information exchange in emergency and disaster management 11 September in Brussels, Belgium. Both projects are now coming to an end, and the workshop will present the projects’ results as well as reflect on the work that has been done during the past three years.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
Keysight Technologies announced an agreement with Sequans Communications whereby Keysight will use Sequans’ Monarch Long Term Evolution (LTE) for internet of things (IoT) chip platform to provide support for narrowband IoT and LTE-M customers using Keysight’s E7515A UXM wireless test set.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
SOLiD opened a new headquarters in Plano, Texas, to drive innovation and support its growth in the Americas markets.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
Airbus will provide its newest generation of TETRA deployable radio solutions to the Ministry of Defence in Belgium.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
U.S. air traffic controllers and pilots have used NextGen Data Communications technology to clear more than 1 million flights, reaching the significant milestone under budget and nearly 2.5 years ahead of schedule.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
The Czech Republic National Agency for Communication and Information Technology (NAKIT) announced its membership in TCCA.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) selected George Mason University to lead a consortium of U.S. academic institutions and other partners for a new center of excellence (COE) in criminal investigations and network analysis (CINA). S&T will provide CINA with a $3.85 million grant for its first operating year in a 10-year grant period.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) supports time-limited incumbent priority access to 800 MHz business/industrial land transportation (B/ILT) expansion band channels and cited a waiver request filed by the Arizona Public Service Company (APSC) as an illustration of the need for such an access period.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) governing board approved the publication of the Radio Interoperability Best Practices Working Group’s latest report, “Best Practice #6, Channel Assignment Based on Infrastructure Coverage.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responder Group (FRG) examined two communications technologies and evaluated them for public-safety use.

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August 02, 2017 | Comments
Hytera Communications argued that Motorola Solutions’ original complaint in a theft of trade secrets lawsuit shows it was aware of or should have been aware of the alleged theft of trade secrets many years before the U.S.-based company says it was.

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August 01, 2017 | Comments
Sherburne County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Office will embed GUARDIAN RF identification (RFID) technology to mitigate risk and improve operational efficiency.

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August 01, 2017 | Comments
Avtec will deploy its dispatch console system in support of Brightline, a new privately financed and operated express rail service slated to begin this year transporting riders between Miami and West Palm Beach, and eventually extending service from Miami to Orlando, Florida.

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August 01, 2017 | Comments
Western Australia’s Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) announced a A$7 million (US$5.6 million) agreement with Motorola Solutions to provide a new CAD system.

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August 01, 2017 | Comments
Avtec tested and validated the wireline interface between the Avtec Scout dispatch console and the Leonardo, formerly Selex, ECOS-D Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tiers 2 and 3 infrastructure.

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August 01, 2017 | Comments
Harris reported revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 of $1.54 billion compared with $1.53 billion in the prior year. GAAP income from continuing operations was $166 million compared with $142 million in the prior year. Fourth quarter orders were $1.57 billion with a book-to-bill of 1.02.

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August 01, 2017 | Comments
In an ex parte letter, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) affirmed its support of rules on license renewal and discontinuance of operations protocols proposed in a draft FCC second report and order. The alliance specifically urged the commission to reconsider its decision to exempt public-safety entities from the obligations referenced in the order.

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August 01, 2017 | Comments
The second state with an early builder network and the first U.S. territory accepted the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and AT&T public-safety broadband plans for their areas.

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August 01, 2017 | Comments
When and how the transition to 6.25 kilohertz will happen is anyone’s guess, but the FCC continues to remind licensees that the transition is still in the commission’s future plans.

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