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March 08, 2016 | Comments
Public-safety-grade (PSG) equipment, systems or networks provide capabilities required by operators of the equipment with availability and reliability exceeding that typically provided by commercial communications equipment, systems and networks. Project 25 (P25) in many ways establishes the foundation for implementing PSG systems and equipment, and therefore we can say yes to the question of whether P25 is PSG.

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January 14, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has put together a complex request for proposals (RFP) that is not like any before it. The document, released Jan. 13, presents details on the process, but leaves the actual solution to the bidders.

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January 05, 2016 | Comments
The issue of 800 MHz interference continues to plague public-safety communications users — as it has for more than a decade — even as we enter a new year with fresh optimism. In addition to 800 MHz rebanding, which many public-safety agencies across the country are still addressing, new cellular rules proposed in 2014 threaten to bring more interference problems for public safety.

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September 16, 2015 | Comments
John M. Contestabile, program manager for the Homeland Protection - Emergency Preparedness and Response Systems at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), discusses work on mission-critical communications, FirstNet, cybersecurity and more.

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September 01, 2015 | Comments
Public safety should regroup and ask Congress for changes to the FirstNet enabling legislation to ensure the goals of the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) are realized.

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August 20, 2015 | Comments
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urged the public-safety community to embrace technology advances and urged Congress to pass legislation that will accelerate the pace of next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) deployments.

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July 14, 2015 | Comments
As an organization guided by those in the field, Safecom has reorganized to focus on new technologies and strategic priorities.

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June 04, 2015 | Comments
Sue Swenson, chairwoman of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), gave her organization a passing grade in four areas during the past year, while highlighting focus areas for the next 12 months.

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June 01, 2015 | Comments
Curiosity about the technical evolution of mission-critical communications brought a record number of delegates to Barcelona, Spain, for Critical Communications World (CCW) 2015. The augmentation of TETRA systems with Long Term Evolution (LTE) was paramount in the session topics as well as vendor offerings.

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May 19, 2015 | Comments
John Suzuki last week took the helm of EF Johnson Technologies as president and CEO, 15 months following its acquisition by JVCKenwood. In an interview with MissionCritical Communications magazine, Suzuki offers insights into the company’s future plans, including moving Project 25 (P25) subscriber manufacturing to Japan and taking advantage of JVCKenwood’s global sales channel.

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