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June 01, 2018 | Comments
The effective delivery of critical communications is crucial to ensuring public safety and to enabling businesses to protect personnel and property during major planned and unplanned events. At the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution, the industry is looking to see how 5G, big data, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) can be harnessed to further enhance critical communications in the context of an ever-changing technological landscape.

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May 29, 2018 | Comments
Many have criticized the Project 25 (P25) standards suite for various reasons — slow to develop and high cost, among others. However, one P25 standard, the Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI), looks likely to play a large role in the integration of legacy networks with Long Term Evolution (LTE) and mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT).

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May 08, 2018 | Comments
The National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO) ValuePoint (NVP) public-safety communications equipment contract, led by the state of Washington, is preparing to rebid the nationwide public-safety communications equipment cooperative contract.

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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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March 27, 2018 | Comments
Both AT&T and Verizon announced plans for their respective public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) cores this week. Public-safety agencies now have the task of deciding which broadband data service best suits their needs.

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February 27, 2018 | Comments
At the end of 2017’s brutal hurricane season, Category 5 Hurricane Irma pummeled the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in September with wind speeds up to 185 miles per hour (mph), making it one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded. Not only were emergency personnel forced to flee their previously secure shelters, their communications lines were all down. The electric power grid for government, homes, churches, schools and businesses blacked out, and the island’s citizens were in desperate need of assistance.

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February 20, 2018 | Comments
With the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) beginning to officially announce its first subscribers, FirstNet officials and public-safety users on that network need to think about the data they are collecting and transmitting and how to store, protect and analyze it.

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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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November 14, 2017 | Comments
During the early days of television, evening game shows were among the most highly watched programs on the air. Few were more popular than “Who Do You Trust?,” which initially aired in 1956. Jump forward 60 years later, a new version of this show is back on the air. In both versions, a panel is provided with a story presented by three different contestants and a panel of judges who try to sort out which contestant is telling the truth. As we look at the current state of affairs surrounding the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), we could easily see a scenario in which the various players in the FirstNet arena could fill a panel of contestants, and the judges, otherwise known as public safety, would have a serious challenge determining a winner.

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November 06, 2017 | Comments
Manfred Blaha recently was named president of the Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE), an independent forum where representatives of public-safety user organizations, industry and research institutes can exchange ideas and best practices, develop road maps, and improve the future of public-safety communications.

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