September 10, 2019 | Comments
The question of when Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks might replace LMR systems is an ongoing industry debate. During recent months, I have covered several industry stories that lead me to think full replacement might never happen, and if it does, it’s going to take a long time — at least 20 years.

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August 20, 2019 | Comments
Multiple systems will work together to provide seamless communications from the professionals reporting incidents to those dispatched to respond to the incidents. This network of integrated networks is all IP based, so voice, data and video flows freely from one pipe to another, and capacity and voice follow the optimal path to reach first responders.

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July 08, 2019 | Comments
The relentless drive for more Wi-Fi and cellphone spectrum is on a collision course with established public-safety communications networks. Technology consumers expect more wireless services that are faster, ubiquitously available and uncongested. The demand is so high that the FCC opened a proceeding to adopt rules for unlicensed use in the 6 GHz spectrum, which is currently licensed to many public-safety entities and businesses that rely on the spectrum for safety and critical communications for fixed point-to-point microwave communications.

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July 01, 2019 | Comments
Our most important challenge is the future of critical communications and our public-safety networks. I am not talking about only tomorrow and the network modernizations ongoing in many countries. I am also talking about the future beyond tomorrow.

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June 25, 2019 | Comments
The mission-critical communications industry is changing. New technology is emerging, and with new technology comes new suppliers, sales strategies and business plans. Shareholders reward companies with monthly subscription fees — often called “software as a service” — because of the stable recurring revenue. The goals of suppliers don’t always align with what’s in the best interest of your communications network.

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June 18, 2019 | Comments
A disruptive innovation creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market-leading firms, products and alliances

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June 18, 2019 | Comments
SMR technology was revolutionized by Nextel Communications when it established its digital system in 1987. With its overwhelming success, Nextel continued to build out sites throughout the United States and expanded worldwide using an LMR-based system developed by Motorola Solutions.

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June 11, 2019 | Comments
Several recent FCC proposals have the potential to change the industry in big ways. The latest action on 900 MHz sets up a realignment process we haven’t experienced since 800 MHz rebanding began more than a decade ago. The biggest difference will be the process the FCC uses to relocate incumbents, and hopefully, the length of time it takes to complete the initiative.

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April 23, 2019 | Comments
As a veteran educator and research center director at three large universities, I've had the thrill of seeing more than 10 generations of students obtain electrical and computer engineering degrees and pursue technical careers around the world. Common traits that I've seen repeated in the successful matriculation of thousands of students include an appreciation for the engineering process, built on integrity; the open exchange of ideas; and accuracy in solving problems.

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April 01, 2019 | Comments
Every year, police, emergency and fire departments welcome a new class of first responders into their ranks, each bringing a fresh perspective on traditional ways of thinking. And the latest round of recruits is no different.

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