March 27, 2017 | Comments
As the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board prepares to take its next steps in creating a nationwide data network for public safety, board members are opening the door to endless ideas and solutions that will promote public-safety communications.

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March 13, 2017 | Comments
A new U.S. president has been in office about a month and a half. The Washington political scene has changed dramatically, and how those changes will affect the mission-critical communications industry is still playing out.

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February 21, 2017 | Comments
Rolling out a nationwide public-safety broadband network is difficult and uncharted territory. The three countries that are likely the furthest along in developing Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks for public-safety agencies have one thing in common — they are delayed.

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February 13, 2017 | Comments
In December, the FCC issued an order on reconsideration and a memorandum opinion and order that contemplates assigning Automated Maritime Telecommunications System (AMTS) spectrum held by Maritime Communications/Land Mobile (MCLM) to Choctaw Holdings. This is welcome news for the critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities that have been attempting in good faith to acquire MCLM’s spectrum for years.

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January 31, 2017 | Comments
Cheryl J. Greathouse, president of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, offers details on Project 43, FirstNet’s opt-out option, 9-1-1 indoor location accuracy, 4.9 GHz and more.

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January 09, 2017 | Comments
Tero Pesonen, chair of the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA) Critical Communications Broadband Group (CCBG), discusses the public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) broadband market.

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December 05, 2016 | Comments
While there was optimism that the approaching announcement of a national partner by FirstNet would turn the national public-safety broadband network into a reality, Rivada Mercury's pre-award protest of the request for proposals (RFP) and a changing presidential administration promise more uncertainty for public safety.

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November 04, 2016 | Comments
Although the concept of IoT is just beginning to surface as a household phrase, the concept isn’t new. It has been around for many decades, in what I will term the “internet of things that matter,” things such as remote controlling compressors that deliver natural gas to New York City, analyzing pressures and flows on an oil pipeline in real time to detect even small leaks, inter-linking circuit breakers at various substations to react quickly to prevent a fault from escalating to a larger area and others.

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November 01, 2016 | Comments
FirstNet announced last week it will not make its original Nov. 1 deadline for awarding its RFP, while a U.K. official said quality is more important than timing for the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN). With projects of this size and scope — and as the first in the world of their kind — it’s better to get them right than to meet unrealistic deadlines.

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September 23, 2016 | Comments
It wasn’t too many decades ago when trunking technology was introduced in the Part 90 bands. Because trunking systems need not distinguish between the users seeking access to the technology, the basis for retaining 20 or so disparate radio services where spectrum was allocated based on the type of business an applicant was engaged became instantly obsolete. Just in case any readers are too young to remember, there used to be actual separate radio service spectrum allocations for relay press, motion picture, motor carrier and even telephone maintenance business activities.

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