September 26, 2017 | Comments
Dan Robinson, acting supervisor for field support services for Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), offers the latest updates on the Programming and Management (PAM) Tool, which helps with the increasingly complicated job of programming two-way radios.

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September 05, 2017 | Comments
After an extended deliberative process and pursuant to issuing a request for proposals (RFP), the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) selected AT&T as its partner to build, operate and maintain the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). The actual terms of the agreement between FirstNet and AT&T remain unavailable to the public for proprietary reasons. However, what has been revealed in public statements and in trade press reports may raise questions about whether the AT&T proposal accepted by FirstNet tracks the vision Congress had when it created FirstNet.

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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 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 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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July 17, 2017 | Comments
In evaluating its options, the goal of every state should be to obtain the best possible network coverage for its first responders. The safety of first responders and the public must be the primary concern in evaluating the AT&T/FirstNet plan. To conduct a reasonably thorough examination, the governors and their teams must have access to the necessary financial, technical and legal information regarding AT&T’s commitments to deliver the NPSBN.

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June 20, 2017 | Comments
With FirstNet releasing most of the state plans this week, state officials should take advantage of the full time allowed to review their plans in order to help make the most informed and best decision for their states.

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June 13, 2017 | Comments
Years of questions and anticipation about the next chapter of FirstNet are coming to a close as the nation’s SPOCs and their respective teams prepare for the next leg of the nationwide public-safety broadband network.

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May 16, 2017 | Comments
Progress in next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) implementation is being made. Last December, the National 911 Program Office issued a 104-page report indicating that 21 states have emergency services IP networks (ESInets) deployed, with 10 of those states reporting that all of their public-safety answering points (PSAPs) are connected to an ESInet. An ESInet is a critical building block in the provisioning of NG 9-1-1 services, largely because it provides the underlying data transport network and the means of interconnecting PSAPs. Moreover, with an ESInet in place, public-safety agencies can leverage new and enhanced applications not possible with legacy 9-1-1 systems.

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May 15, 2017 | Comments
As the TETRA industry heads to Hong Kong this week for Critical Communications World (CCW), suppliers continue to innovate and release new products and services to help mission-critical communications users do their jobs safely and reliably.

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