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February 16, 2018 | Comments
The head of AT&T’s application developer program for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) outlined details on the program and how developers can become involved during a Feb. 15 webinar with RadioResource Media Group.

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February 16, 2018 | Comments
A device to mine bitcoin is the latest culprit identified by the FCC for causing interference.

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February 16, 2018 | Comments
The plaintiffs in a privacy lawsuit over the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) argued in a new filing that the network is currently running, and network partner AT&T is storing data, requiring a privacy impact assessment (PIA).

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February 15, 2018 | Comments
Swisscom Broadcast and Hytera Mobilfunk signed a system partnership agreement for the sales region of Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstein. Swisscom Broadcast is now a system integrator for the entire Hytera product range in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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February 15, 2018 | Comments
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry established a new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 (FY19) budget request included $96 million in funding for the office to bolster DOE's efforts in cybersecurity and energy security.

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February 15, 2018 | Comments
The 2018 Radio Club of America (RCA) Technical Symposium and Awards Banquet will be held Nov. 17 at the Westin New York at Times Square. The technical symposium will be held during the day on with the awards banquet and pre-banquet reception that evening.

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February 15, 2018 | Comments
The second MCPTT Plugtests event will be hosted by Texas A&M University (TAMU) June 25 – 29 in College Station, Texas, USA. The goal of the MCPTT Plugtests event is to validate the interoperability of different mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) implementations on the market using different scenarios and test cases.

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February 15, 2018 | Comments
Both technology-focused and nontechnology-focused grants can help local law enforcement agencies acquire or improve their technology, including First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) services, with the right planning and approach.

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February 14, 2018 | Comments
Following the implementation of a Sepura TETRA network in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, the city of Leon added another 757 Sepura radios to its existing stock of more than 800 terminals through Sepura’s in-region partner Jomtel. Leon implemented the radios in December.

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February 14, 2018 | Comments
The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) adopted its policy platform for 2018, as approved by its board of directors during a recent strategy session. The list of topics represents the association’s focus for legislation, technology development and regulatory matters throughout the year.

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February 14, 2018 | Comments
Airbus, along with municipal utility operator Stadtwerke München, will help equip the 54th Munich Security Conference with mission-critical communications technology. The event’s coordinators aim to ensure the security of participants in the field of politics, business and media.

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February 14, 2018 | Comments
The owners of Valcom, a provider of emergency communication systems, acquired Keltron, a provider of life safety event management systems. Both companies will operate separately, sharing technology, experience and engineering to expand individual solutions and provide customers with combined technologies.

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February 14, 2018 | Comments
Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend filed an application seeking to license three UHF public-safety radio pool channels for use in its radio system in Minnesota. In connection with the application, Flint Hills Resources requested a waiver of the eligibility requirements listed in the FCC’s rules.

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February 14, 2018 | Comments
The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) submitted a letter to Rosemary Harold, chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, requesting a meeting about the widespread use of noncompliant wireless devices.

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February 14, 2018 | Comments
A consortium of U.S. states is establishing protocols that provide public-safety agencies with advantages in promoting interoperable connectivity through Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadband. Specifically, the consortium developed a list of questions for public-safety agencies to ask during negotiations with potential broadband service providers.

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February 13, 2018 | Comments
Victoria Police in Australia purchased 11,000 Axon Body 2 cameras and a five-year subscription to the Axon cloud solution. The order was received in the first quarter and will begin shipping in the second quarter.

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February 13, 2018 | Comments
The Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT) announced that RapidDeploy joined the association.

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February 13, 2018 | Comments
Hytera Mobilfunk implemented a unified communications solution with TETRA and Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) equipment for critical voice and broadband data services for Peruvian first responder organizations. The Hytera multimode radio and broadband applications installed in the integrated command-and-control center were in operation during the pope’s visit.

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February 13, 2018 | Comments
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) entered into a contract with RadioMobile to provide technology to allow the department to locate and communicate with emergency response equipment statewide.

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February 13, 2018 | Comments
Systems integrator PT. Mobinet Indonesia selected Teltronic, part of Hytera Group, to supply a complete TETRA communications solution for a light rail transit project (LRT) in the city of Palembang. The project is planned to be the first light rail transit in operation in Indonesia.

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February 13, 2018 | Comments
Rural deployment will not be an afterthought to urban deployment during the buildout of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), AT&T, FirstNet and state officials said during a webinar hosted by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).

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February 12, 2018 | Comments
The NG9-1-1 Institute is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call. The first 9-1-1 call was made in Haleyville, Alabama, Feb. 16, 1968.

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February 12, 2018 | Comments
Northern England’s West Yorkshire Police went live with real-time, automated mobile biometrics technology from Motorola Solutions. Following a recent demonstration, the technology will roll out to 250 frontline police officers.

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February 12, 2018 | Comments
The FCC dismissed a petition for declaratory ruling filed by Comunicaciones Digitales del Norte, Radio Sistemas de Tamaulipas, Troncatel and Union Agricola Regional del Norte de Tamaulipas, seeking an order relative to compensation allegedly owed them by AT&T Mexico and Sprint.

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February 12, 2018 | Comments
In a second report and order, the FCC amended and clarified its 700 MHz narrowband (769 – 775/799 – 805 MHz) interoperability and technical rules.

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February 09, 2018 | Comments
New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) selected one2many to deploy a national wireless emergency alert system. The system will enable government agencies to warn at-risk communities of critical adverse events and threats to life, health and property by sending emergency alerts to mobile phones.

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February 09, 2018 | Comments
Aviat Networks reported financial results for its fiscal 2018 second quarter ended Dec. 29.

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February 09, 2018 | Comments
Sierra Wireless reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ending Dec. 31. All results are reported in U.S. dollars.

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February 09, 2018 | Comments
The Europe’s nExt generation eMergencY commuNicatiOnS (EMYNOS) project final demonstration took place 31 January in Bucharest, Romania, with the support of Romanian Special Telecommunications Service (STS). After two years of progress, the next-generation emergency communications services was successfully integrated with the legacy emergency system managed by STS.

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February 09, 2018 | Comments
The House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 582, the Kari’s Law Act of 2017, and S. 96, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017. Both bills originated in the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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February 09, 2018 | Comments
Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) announced that BroadWay was selected by the European Commission and will implement a pre-commercial procurement (PCP) project to develop technologies to enable a pan-European interoperable broadband mobile system for public safety.

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February 08, 2018 | Comments
Westell Technologies announced results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter ended Dec. 31.

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February 08, 2018 | Comments
The FCC held a stakeholder meeting to address the threats posed by the use of contraband wireless devices in correctional facilities nationwide.

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February 08, 2018 | Comments
Airbus’ first Critical App Challenge brought together 24 international representatives from eight companies with fresh ideas for secure communications. These applications will run on the Tactilon Dabat device to facilitate the daily work for police officers and rescue personnel.

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February 08, 2018 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a report on unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

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February 08, 2018 | Comments
Sprint announced plans to increase federal and public sector space market efforts with a converged-solution portfolio. Chris Felix was named Sprint vice president of government solutions and will lead the effort.

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February 08, 2018 | Comments
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) released a position paper on the European Commission proposal of Cybersecurity Act (Regulation 2017/0225). ETSI said that some points should be further elaborated and clarified in the proposed regulation.

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February 08, 2018 | Comments
Six states — New Jersey, West Virginia, Illinois, New Mexico, Rhode Island and New York — diverted 9-1-1 fees for purposes other than 9-1-1 during 2016. The total amount of 9-1-1 funds diverted was nearly $129 million or about 5 percent of the total 9-1-1 fees collected.

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February 08, 2018 | Comments
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross appointed four members to serve on the board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
A U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) judge held an evidentiary hearing Jan. 29 – Feb. 2 in the patent infringement case filed against Hytera Communications by Motorola Solutions.

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
Great River Energy of Maple Grove, Minnesota, began a point-to-multipoint communications project using MiMOMax Wireless radios to support its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) network.

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program is managing the Unmanned Aerial Systems Flight and Payload Challenge. This design and engineering challenge was open to academia, solvers and developers to build a cost-effective, hardware prototype of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that increases flight time and payload for public-safety operations.

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
pdvWireless reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended Dec. 31. Revenue for the quarter was $1.6 million compared with $1.3 million in the same period of the prior year. The net loss for the company's third fiscal quarter was $5.7 million versus a net loss of $7.3 million for the similar period of the prior year.

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
The Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program established the Localization and Tracking System (LTS) Testing Consortium. Participants in this consortium can test their LTS, leveraging a unique capability on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus.

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
A Vanderbilt team of researchers and alumni, dubbed MarmotE, won the first round in mid-December of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Spectrum Collaboration Challenge (SC2), leading the top 10 teams, each awarded $750,000 in prize money.

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
Malaysia’s Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line is modernizing with a TETRA two-way radio communications network from Motorola Solutions.

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
Iridium Communications announced the first Iridium Certus service providers for land mobile applications, planned for commercial availability in mid-2018. Enabled by the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, Iridium Certus will deliver reliable, global broadband connectivity and high-quality voice service to the land mobile industry.

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
Forty delegates from 18 European national public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) network operators and several commercial mobile network operators gathered in Amsterdam for a two-day meeting in January hosted by TCCA.

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February 07, 2018 | Comments
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into two recent train accidents in New Jersey and New York recommended the use of positive train control (PTC) technology to stop future accidents.

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February 06, 2018 | Comments
Infrastructure Networks, a provider of broadband wireless networks to the energy and other critical infrastructure industries (CII), relocated from Katy, Texas, to new corporate headquarters in Houston after the company doubled the number of their employees from 25 to 50 in the past year.

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February 06, 2018 | Comments
Tessco Technologies announced its elevation from a premier partner of Sierra Wireless to an authorized distributor of its AirLink networking solutions.

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February 06, 2018 | Comments
Harris C4i, an Australia-based operation of Harris, received the Victorian Export Award for Innovation Excellence during the 2017 Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA) held in Melbourne.

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February 06, 2018 | Comments
Maricopa Region 9-1-1 in Arizona’s most populous county is replacing its discontinued legacy 9-1-1 equipment with an IP-based routing solution from Solacom to enhance its wireless call processing and prepare its 26 public-safety answering points (PSAPs) for next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1).

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February 06, 2018 | Comments
The city of Minneapolis worked with TriTech Software Systems to ensure safety inside and outside of U.S. Bank Stadium at Super Bowl LII.

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February 06, 2018 | Comments
GomSpace, together with The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics), signed a research collaboration agreement to conduct a design study on the implementation of space-based VHF communications for air traffic management (ATM) in the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR).

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February 06, 2018 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), which develops Project 25 (P25) and other communications standards, issued four calls for interest from its TR-8 committees. The first two are in regard to the TR 8.18 Committee’s new project for wireless communications systems — performance in noise and interference limited situations, and the second two are in response to the TR 8.5 Committee’s project for mobile data peripheral interface and port number assignments.

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February 06, 2018 | Comments
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers offered more details on their service features, specifically quality of service, priority and pre-emption (QPP).

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February 05, 2018 | Comments
High exposure to RF radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP). Overall, there was little indication of health problems in mice related to RFR, an NTP statement said.

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February 05, 2018 | Comments
The Alachua County, Florida, Board of County Commissioners selected Federal Engineering for public-safety radio system design and consultant services on behalf of the county’s Radio Management Board.

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February 05, 2018 | Comments
A machine-to-machine (M2M) hackathon will be held March 9 – 10 in Dallas. The tutorial will present the internet of things (IoT) vision, challenges and efforts achieved by the standardization bodies to design a globally agreed IoT service platform.

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February 05, 2018 | Comments
A Pennsylvania state measure sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch urged counties, local police and state authorities to prepare for rollout of a new statewide public-safety radio system. The state senate unanimously adopted the resolution.

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February 05, 2018 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he is convening a group of experts to further discuss ways to address the problem of contraband devices in correctional facilities.

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February 05, 2018 | Comments
Tom Sorley, chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), passed away Feb. 3. Sorley was also the deputy chief information officer (CIO)/deputy director, IT public safety at the city of Houston.

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February 02, 2018 | Comments
International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) announced the second annual IWCE Young Professional Award winners. The award showcases next-generation leaders in the communications technology industry.

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February 02, 2018 | Comments
Hytera Mobilfunk Sucursal del Perú has won the largest international public radio TETRA tender awarded to date in Peru, signing the contract in January to supply 8,203 TETRA radios to the Peruvian Ministry of Interior.

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February 02, 2018 | Comments
The city of Noblesville, Indiana, is the first city in the state to subscribe its public-safety departments to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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February 02, 2018 | Comments
Viavi Solutions signed an agreement to acquire the test and measurement business of Cobham for $455 million cash consideration, subject to customary closing adjustments. The transaction significantly strengthens Viavi's competitive position in 5G deployment and diversifies the company into military, public-safety and avionics test markets, a statement said.

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February 02, 2018 | Comments
An email from the president of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International to its members highlighted the association’s efforts to modernize 9-1-1 and ensure that equipment and services are interoperable. The email also suggested steps members can take to improve next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) interoperability.

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February 02, 2018 | Comments
Motorola Solutions reported its earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017.

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February 02, 2018 | Comments
The false alert of a nuclear attack on Hawaii is an inexcusable, but hardly isolated, example of the fragility and fragmentation of America’s emergency alerting system. False alarms are dangerous because they lead to complacency when real danger threatens. Even worse is when alerts fail to reach endangered people in real disasters — or when alerts are never sent in the first place. As natural and manmade threats persist and increase, it is clear that our alerting system is not up to the task of serving the mobile and connected America of the 21st century.

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February 01, 2018 | Comments
The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) announced the completion of the 10 standards comprising the baseline specifications for commercial operations within the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. This allows the finalization of CBRS products already in various levels of testing and sets the stage for the rollout of commercial CBRS networks.

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February 01, 2018 | Comments
The LMR portion of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications Systems (LA-RICS) network is picking up pace in 2018, according to an e-mail from the public-safety communications entity.

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February 01, 2018 | Comments
AT&T reported financial results for the 2017 fourth quarter and full year, with executives saying the recent federal tax bill will benefit the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), and the public-safety network will be the foundation for AT&T’s 5G buildout.

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February 01, 2018 | Comments
Motorola Solutions entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canadian company Avigilon in an all-cash transaction for about $1 billion including Avigilon’s net debt.

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