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In 1934, the first Orange County (CA) public safety radio system was put on the air. KGHX was a one-way system, transmitting messages from headquarters to the field. The obvious problems with one-way communications prompted the "mobile radio" to be established just three years later.
The AdvanceLogic Conditioning Charger is a versatile, tri-chemistry conditioning charger, designed for everyday use with Motorola® radios with IMPRES and non IMPRES batteries.
Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp., has announced additional test and alignment capabilities for Motorola APX Series Radios on the Aeroflex 3920B Digital Radio Test Set. The new test capabilities focus on Phase II Transmit and Receive tests.
Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp., has announced automated test and alignment capabilities for EF Johnson P25 radios on the Aeroflex 3920B Digital Radio Test Set. The new test capabilities focus on the Viking VP 600 Series.
Aeroflex Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp., has announced that the 7100 Digital Radio Test Set provides LTE-A carrier aggregation testing at full Cat 6 data rates of 300 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink simultaneously for LTE-A in FDD mode, and now also supports carrier aggregation in TDD mode.
Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp., has announced the introduction of the new 8800 Radio Test Set; a high performance, economical radio test system for Analog AM and FM; and Digital P25, DMR, dPMR, NXDN, and ARIB T98 technologies
Agency Cooperation & New World Systems' Software Help Sheriff Quickly Nab Bank Robber Across State Lines
Minutes after the Cornerstone Bank in Fargo, N.D. was robbed, the Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC) and their five consolidated public safety agencies leveraged a shared radio system and New World Systems' multi-jurisdictional Aegis Public Safety Software to capture the suspect as he fled across state lines to Clay County, Minn...
Airbus Defence and Space paves way for Next Generation of Professional Mobile Radio technology in Europe
Airbus Defence and Space, parent company of public safety communications technology provider Airbus DS Communications (formerly Cassidian Communications), has set up an R&D consortium with French telecommunication companies and universities to develop a mission critical broadband solution for public safety organizations, such as police and rescue services.
AmpliVox Sound Systems is proud to introduce the groundbreaking Radio Hailer communication system, the most powerful, cost-effective, and versatile emergency sound system available. The innovative Radio Hailer is a vital tool for first and post response teams, especially in large emergencies that demand quick, clear communication from emergency personnel to operation leaders, team members...
ARINC Incorporated has been awarded a contract worth $20 million to provide a new public safety radio system for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. ARINC will provide a state-of-the art system that will significantly improve emergency responders' ability to communicate during incidents. The system also allows emergency personnel to communicate with multiple agencies that provide mutual aid from surrounding counties.
Avtec and Etherstack are working together to enable four counties in southeastern Idaho to implement an open, standards-based, completely redundant and shared voice communication system for communicating with the counties' Public Safety First Responders. Bonneville County, Idaho 9-1-1 was the first of the four counties to be successfully deployed
Axell Wireless, a worldwide leader in public safety coverage solutions, has announced enhancements to its CSR438 - the market leading digital band selective TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) repeater. Based on Axell Wireless' SDR (software defined radio) and digital filtering technology, the CSR438 does not require hardware upgrades, and can be re-configured remotely using software updates.
Barrett Communications have announced the upcoming release of their latest product, the Barrett 4050 HF SDR (Software-Defined Radio). This new generation of HF transceiver combines Software-Defined Radio technology with the intuitive "ease of use" that has become synonymous with the Barrett name.
Barrett Communications in partnership with STAR Solutions and NVIS Communications of California (Barrettâ€™s Systems Integrator in North America) is launching the Barrett FirstLink Rapid Field Deployment System (RFDS) this week IWCE in Las Vegas (March 16th-20th). The system will also be demonstrated at the 2015 California Mobile Command Center Rally on April 9th in Sacramento, CA.
The Barrett FirstLink RFDS is a complete solution for extending FirstNet's Band 14 LTE footprint from any location over short, medium and long haul distances back to core. By taking the High Frequency (HF) variant of its Rapid Field Deployment System (RFDS), a transit-case based deployable radio base station, and married it to the Star Solutions IMPAC portable cellular system, Barrett has produced a system that provides cell coverage and a simple, affordable reachback capability which is...
BearCom Issues Reminder to Users of Two-Way Radios: FCC Narrowbanding Deadline Now Less Than a Year Away
BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today issued a reminder to users of two-way radios that they now have less than one year to ensure their equipment is in compliance with the narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today made available a fun, animated video meant to remind users of two-way radios about serious changes coming from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
C4i has welcomed an upgrade of their interoperable communications system with the release of SwitchplusIP Version 9.0. As part of C4i's commitment to incorporate new technologies into our SwitchplusIP baseline, the engineering team has been working on further advancing and refining console interactions with digital radio networks. The real advancement of Release 9.0 stems from the introduction of the P25 interface for Command Center LT and Mobile-Dismount platforms.
C4i has integrated Tetra communications technology to its award-winning SwitchplusIP communications systems. Tetra is a viable alternative to P25 and DMR; and due to the number of entities that provide subscriber equipment, it can lead to lower-cost solutions.
At the 78th annual Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials Conference and Expo in Minneapolis, C4i unveiled a myriad of new system updates and products that waved goodbye to cumbersome and said hello to convenience; bringing simplicity, interoperability and portability to the forefront of public safety communications.
C4i, Inc. recently debuted the sixth release of its award winning SwitchplusIP product, complete with newly upgraded features. C4i's SwitchplusIP family includes SwitchplusIP Command-Post, a communication system designed especially to cater for larger multiple or single agency emergency response applications in both fixed and transportable formats; SwitchplusIP Command-Center, which provides all the functionality required by a single or joint agency operations center to communicate with...
C4i goes to great heights to test durability of its Radio Interface Unit (RIU), not only for military, but for an array of other fields as well - including public safety, government, transportation, and utilities. C4i demonstrated this extreme durability with the successful completion of Mil Std-810 Altitude qualification testing for its Radio Interface Unit.
Cassidian becomes Airbus DS Communications, also Offers Webinar on Land Mobile Radio Procurement Sept 24th
Cassidian Communications is now officially named Airbus DS Communications. The company's essential product lines of NG9-1-1, land mobile radio (LMR), and emergency notification solutions now have a simplified naming structure that also paves the way as the company builds its Next Generation Public Safety Communications products.
Cassidian Communications Selected by Kenwood to Provide P25 Land Mobile Radio System to Hopkins County (KY)
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, has finalized an agreement with Kenwood USA Corporation to supply the Hopkins County (KY) Sheriff's Department with a digital, trunked P25 Land Mobile Radio system for public safety communications. Working with prime contractor Kenwood USA, Cassidian Communications will provide the county with a single site, ten-channel UHF CORP25 radio solution that includes hardware, software and staging.
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, has announced acceptance of its CORP25 digital, trunked P25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network, by Buncombe County, N.C. for enhanced public safety communications and response. Covering a 660 square-mile area between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, including the city of Asheville, this new, 12-site network enables secure, reliable radio communication for the county's first responders, as well as government and public works users.
Wireless backhaul specialist Ceragon Networks Ltd. has added 1024 QAM modulation to its Evolution IP Long-Haul, making it the first in the industry to offer this long-haul innovation. 1024 QAM is now the most advanced modulation technology for microwave communications and boosts capacity by as much as 25% over the widely implemented 256 QAM.
It took five years and a significant change in plans, but first responders in Charlotte, N.C., finally have a fourth-generation broadband network at their disposal. The new high-end wireless network runs off of commercially available 4G provided by Verizon that was formally introduced late last month.
Cisco Instant Connect Empowers Users to Control Mobile Group Communication through their Public and Private Networks
Cisco has unveiled Instant Connect, a cost efficient push-to-talk (PTT) communication solution for personnel in a number of sectors. This new solution allows a group of mobile users to instantly communicate using enterprise networks. Cisco Instant Connect delivers secure, reliable communications with a full-featured PTT user experience including enhanced capabilities beyond two-way PTT mobile radio handsets.
The new Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) solution includes support for the broadest set of radio interfaces for interoperability, better encryption key management, and customizable interfaces for field dispatchers...
Exalt Communications, Inc., a leading innovator of next-generation packet microwave backhaul systems, has announced that the City of Danville, VA has upgraded an aging copper network infrastructure with high performance Exalt microwave systems. The microwave network provides radio service for police, fire, public works, and utility departments within the city and eliminates monthly recurring lease line charges.
Waterbury, Conn. has awarded a $4-million contract to EFJohnson to deploy the next generation of the city's radio communications system. EFJohnson will provide the city with its ATLAS P25 Trunked Simulcast System Solution, a complete Land Mobile Radio (LMR) simulcast solution featuring a patented, fully distributed architecture for outstanding reliability, resiliency and scalability.
Cobb County, Georgia, Doubles Radio Capacity, Increases Data Capabilities with New Public Safety Radio System from Motorola Solutions
With the Motorola Solutions ASTRO 25 Phase 2 time-division multiple access (TDMA) system, Cobb County has doubled its radio channels and expanded its reach beyond the county's borders, so its law enforcement, fire and emergency medical teams can coordinate responses with first responders in other counties when needed.
Cobham announced the release of the DMR Repeater Test Option for the 8800 Series Digital Radio Test Set. This option enables the 8800 Series to test the transmitter and receiver of a DMR repeater base station. The 8800 Series is able to generate the signalling protocol that is necessary to "wake-up" the DMR repeater and cause it to start transmitting.
Cobham AvComm and Tait Communications Announce a Joint Relationship for Automated Test of Tait P25 Series Radios
Cobham AvComm, formerly Aeroflex AvComm business unit, has announced an agreement with Tait Communications to provide automated test capabilities for Tait P25 series radios on the Cobham 3920B Digital Radio Test Set. Initial test capabilities will be focused on the Tait TP9100 and TM9100 series radios. The program will be later expanded to provide automated testing of Tait TP9400 and TM9400 series radios.
Communications International Debuts Turnkey Construction Division with Public Safety Project in Ontario County, NY
Communications International, Inc. ("Ci") has assumed the role of General Contractor for the new Ontario County, New York P25 700MHz Trunked Simulcast Radio System. Ci is a leading systems integrator of wireless voice, data and network technologies, and this construction project showcases its ability to serve as a key integrator from start (construction) to finish (ongoing maintenance).
Coordinating Communications: The Value of Plain Speech and Universal Radio Equipment in Local Operations
NIMS requires the use of plain speech during multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction and multi-discipline events, such as major disasters and exercises. It does not require plain speech as common practice within day to day departmental operations. However, the importance of plain speech as a means of creating a universal radio language in the United States goes far beyond those kind of major, multi-agency disasters.
Say "interoperability" and most policymakers immediately think new Project 25 (P25) radio systems. True, your radios might be due for an upgrade. But public safety agencies can serve the public interest by educating policymakers that funding new radios alone will not satisfy other urgent interoperability requirements for effective crisis collaboration:
Daniels Electronics recently announced the introduction of its new P25 multi-site trunking solution using the Inter Sub System Interface (ISSI) protocol. Building on our existing P25 trunked system, the multi-site capability now enables Daniels to build small multi-site networks for Public Safety agencies or provide an open ISSI interface for end of the network and dead zone infill for large agency and state wide networks
Aeroflex Incorporated has collaborated with EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. to provide automated test and alignment capabilities for EFJohnson P25 radios on the Aeroflex 3920 Digital Radio Test Set. Initial test capabilities will be focused on the 5100ES and 5300ES Series APCO Project 25 conventional radios.
November 7, 2008 marked the largest fire in a decade in Champaign, Illinois, and the first major test of our countywide 800 MHz digital trunked system. Not only did everything work well, everyone was interoperable - fire, EMS and police - during an incident that required a lot of communication and coordination
Exalt Communications, Inc., the leading innovator of next-generation packet microwave backhaul systems, today announced that its license-exempt microwave backhaul systems are the solution for companies trapped by the Federal Government shutdown while waiting for FCC spectrum licenses. Rather than lose valuable time-to-market revenue while waiting indefinitely for the shutdown to lift and any license applications backlog to clear, companies can deploy Exalt license-exempt microwave backhaul...
The Arkansas Airport Operators Association (AAOA) is responsible for most of the 91 airports in the state of Arkansas... The Airport communications have relied on the Arkansas Wireless Information Network, which is a statewide trunking system which provides excellent coverage throughout the state; it is however reliant on land based infrastructure... Assistant Airport Director Mark Mellinger recognized the need for a reliable centric emergency communications system that was not reliant on...
A consortium comprised of Cisco, Raytheon, Nokia Siemens Networks, Reality Mobile and Amdocs successfully deployed the nation's first demonstrated multi-vendor interoperable Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network during the Republican National Convention (Convention). This broadband network provided first responders with a secure way to share real-time video, voice, and data communications via smartphones and tablets.
Emerging radio technology is more capable, more flexible, and tougher than legacy solutions. The next generation of radios, although similar in many ways to existing equipment, introduces a number of innovations that make them uniquely well-suited to the changing needs of first responders.
FirstNet in Action: JerseyNet Broadband Network Provides Unobstructed Data Connectivity to First Responders during Atlantic City Concerts
During the concerts in Atlantic City, the police department's Mobile Communications Unit (MCU) and several trailer-mounted surveillance cameras were connected to JerseyNet, allowing unobstructed sharing of data between the field resources and the police command. This data was shared within the command structure and across the network with other supporting agencies...
EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. has announced that FP-EF Holding Company, Inc., an affiliate of Francisco Partners, a global technology-focused private equity fund, has completed its acquisition of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. Under the terms of the merger agreement approved by stockholders, FP-EF Holding Company has acquired all of the outstanding shares of EF Johnson Technologies, based on a price of $1.50 per share in cash.
As the Indian Ocean tsunami wiped out everything in its path, a worldwide broadcast for help triggered an international amateur radio response to lend its own unique form of assistance. Ham Radio operators throughout the region immediately began to report on the destruction around them and coordinate help and assistance for the disaster area. In addition, amateur operators utilized radio equipment that would assist on land, at sea, and from space.
Modern public safety agencies need more than a crystal ball to plan for the ever-evolving technology environment surrounding public safety communications. Communications equipment is a long term, major investment and establishing a communications environment that is "future proof" while serving the user's needs today requires that agencies ask all the right questions before deciding which solution is best for them.
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has added P25 (Project 25) trunking capabilities to its Unity XG-100P Multiband Portable Radio. Trunking increases the efficiency of a radio system by assigning voice and data communications to unused radio channels, allowing for more voice and data traffic on the same number of channels.
Harris Canada Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris Corporation, has been awarded a CA $289 million contract by the Government of Alberta, Canada to design and build the Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS), which will provide public safety communications within the Province's 256,000 square-mile area (661,190 square-kilometer area). The overall project is expected to cost CA $370 million.
Saint Mary's County, Maryland has awarded Harris Corporation a $34 million contract to design and deploy a Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 standards-based radio system to provide greater coverage, including in-building coverage, for voice and data communications throughout the county's 764 square miles. P25 is a suite of technical standards for the design and manufacture of interoperable digital radio communications equipment.
Harris Corporation has announced that it will reorganize its business segments to increase operational efficiency and capture synergies that result from Harris' recent acquisition of Exelis... Effective the beginning of fiscal 2016, July 4, the company will be organized in the following four business segments...
The Regional Municipality of Durham has awarded Harris Corporation a $24 million contract to design, deploy and maintain the Next Generation Interoperable Communications Platform, a Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 simulcast radio system for reliable voice and data communications to public safety and public works users throughout the region's 2,500 square kilometres.
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received a $9 million contract from Franklin County, North Carolina, to upgrade its legacy analog emergency communications to a Harris P25(IP) (Project 25 to the power of Internet Protocol) solution.
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has announced that its BeOn has become the industry's first solution to enable public safety subscribers on a cellular or public safety LTE network to talk to each other, exchange text messages and pass real-time location information to connected team members and the dispatcher's computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) system.
Harris County, Texas has chosen to move forward with MCMâ€™s CommSHOP 360Âº solution to manage their entire 24 county radio network. Spanning more than 48,000 square miles and serving 1,242 customers, this is the largest customer of MCMâ€™s to date. Harris County is MCMâ€™s 6th implementation in the state of Texas...
Harris Corporationâ€™s new public safety radio system for Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, will be used by more than 1,200 public safety personnel, including the Macon fire department, EMA, and the newly consolidated Bibb County sheriffâ€™s office.
Harrisâ€™ Advanced Access Control (AAC) software provides a secure means for managing and controlling access to radios operating in P25 Trunking mode, providing a multi-factor authentication when a user wishes to access Harrisâ€™ Radio Personality Manager (RPM) for radio programming.
Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, has announced the availability of Hughes Emergency Solutions to help businesses and government agencies prepare for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially began June 1...
Icom America has secured a multi-million dollar contract with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) to migrate the transit agency's radio system to an IDAS 6.25 kHz multi-site conventional voting solution (IDAS Blue). IDAS Blue provides LACMTA seamless roaming, wide area coverage and reliable communication above and below ground, throughout the agency's 1,433-square-mile service area and six rail lines.
Midian Electronics now offers voice scramblers compatible with Icom’s UT-109 and UT-110. Midian's VS-1100 (Icom UT-109 compatible) is capable of matching any of the 32 codes used by the Icom UT-109. Midian's VS-110 (Icom UT-110 compatible) matches the 1020 code combinations (4 groups and 255 codes). These scramblers are available as a wire-in module or as plug-in modules for Motorola, Kenwood, Vertex and Icom radios.
Icom America, a two-way radio manufacturer serving public safety and related markets, announces the FR9000 Series, a new P25 110W repeater operating 100% duty cycle. This high-performing unit has the features required for interoperable communication such as P25 conventional, analog FM and mixed mode operation. Combined with Icom’s P25 subscriber units, the new repeater provides public safety agencies a complete Icom P25 compliant system.
In the beginning, there were no dispatchers or phones and 9-1-1 was just a fantasy in some poor cop's mind. How the heck did the public get help? How did Marshal Dillon know Miss Kitty was in trouble? Screaming loudly might help.
Raytheon Company has completed ahead of schedule an important milestone in building Rock County, Wisconsin's first interoperable communications system. The successful System Acceptance Test, conducted with General Communications, is the initial step in creating this critical emergency network.
Intelligent Automation, Inc. Introduces the ARGUS-PS Series Law Enforcement Wireless Security System
Surveillance of suspects, protection of assets, and securement of crime scenes are daily challenges for the Law Enforcement and First Responder community. Derived from proven technology originally developed for U.S. Military applications, ARGUS PS, from Intelligent Automation Inc., consists of rugged wireless sensors networked together to form a protective, invisible trip wire around any area or infrastructure of interest.
Further extending the usefulness of the NEXEDGE brand, Kenwood has released a new 5 Watt UHF/VHF portable, the NX-220/320, that is a full ten percent smaller than prior models, retaining the ultra rugged features including compliance with MilStd 810 and IP54/55 protocols while offering the flexibility of a non-display model for those users who do not need to display talk groups or channels.
Motorola Solutions has begun upgrading the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN) infrastructure in a $112 million contract to bring King County first responders the latest ASTRO 25 digital radio technology that will enhance public safety every year as the project progresses.
LA-RICS Selects Motorola Solutions to Develop Public Safety Broadband Network for the Los Angeles Region
The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System Authority (LA-RICS) has selected Motorola Solutions, Inc. to develop a wireless Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) based on 4G LTE to provide mission-critical data communications for the region’s more than 34,000 law enforcement, fire service and health service professionals and more than 80 public safety agencies.
On February 2, 2011, Lake County Emergency Management had to mobilize for the third-largest snowstorm to ever hit the area. Although the county's public safety agencies were prepared for the event, many of its residents were not. As the storm quickly escalated, calls came pouring in to assist stranded motorists and residents in need of medical attention. Coordination between first responders from several municipalities - some on snowmobiles, snowplows and front loaders - over a large area...
Spacenet Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. and a leading provider of broadband network solutions, announced that its Emergency Communications Services (ECS) and associated high performance equipment are being used to support the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Locution Systems, Inc., the provider of PrimeAlert Fire Station Alerting for fire and EMS departments, has announced that the cities of Oak Creek, Wisc.; West Des Moines, Iowa; and Lake County, Ind. have chosen the PrimeAlert Fire Station Alerting System for their Fire-EMS departments.
Major shifts over the past decades have taken public safety agencies and departments from conventional to trunked, and then from analog to digital. In each of these transitions, public safety agencies and departments eventually replaced one technology with the other. New "Next Generation" system models will likely be a hybrid system that incorporates the best that LTE, LMR and broadband technology together have to offer in one shared network.
The City of Macon, Georgia has taken the first step to give its first responders an interoperable communication system that will seamlessly connect Macon police and fire departments and the Bibb County sheriff's office. The City has awarded Harris Corporation a $7.68 million contract to deploy a three-site 800 MHz Project 25 (P25) simulcast system designed to deliver highly reliable communications to the city's public safety personnel.
Support personnel - those providing the administrative and communication functions on major incidents - have become the "early adopters" of radio technology that meets the needs of their on-the-line counterparts…even though some of these devices work outside the traditional list of fire line approved radios. However, both support and fire fighter groups have come to realize the added value of dual-band radio technology...
Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, has announced that it has finalized an agreement with Mercer County, N.J., to provide a digital, trunked P25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system for public safety communications. Selected to replace the county’s existing mission critical radio system, the simulcast CORP25 solution includes hardware, software, system engineering, installation, optimization and onsite maintenance.
Midian Electronics has released the TS-130-SM1G GPS speaker microphone. The GPS speaker mic works with Midian's CAD-800 dispatch controller and a Google Earth interface for displaying unit ID and location information. The TS-130-SM1G encodes a group ID, unit ID and GPS location, as well as an Emergency ANI for Man-Down and Lone Worker applications.
Motorola Solutions, Inc. has announced the newest additions to its award-winning lineup of APX mission-critical two-way radios. The APX 1000 and APX 4000XE portable radios, along with the mobile APX Dual Radio, bring to 13 the number of ASTRO 25 radios in the APX portfolio designed with users in mind.
Collaboration to bring new level of voice clarity and support for voice-enabled public safety technology. "VocalZoom has the potential to be the difference of whether a firefighter can communicate at a dangerous fire scene...for police officers, for example, turning their heads to communicate can be the difference between life and death for them or the people they are protecting, or the difference between whether a criminal is apprehended or escapes."
Motorola Solutions' New Cloud Core Managed Service Helps Public Safety Agencies Accelerate Adoption of ASTRO 25 Technology
ASTRO 25 Cloud Core Managed Service from Motorola Solutions Inc. enables agencies to access the latest Project 25 (P25) land mobile radio (LMR) technology as well as provide a communications platform for long-term growth and new capabilities. Agencies can benefit from economies of scale and save on the overall cost of building and maintaining a P25 core solution allowing public safety personnel to focus on their day-to-day mission.
MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) and PowerTrunk, Inc. have successfully completed a TETRA land mobile radio (LMR) network pilot in New York City. The NYCT pilot demonstrates the multiple features and functionality of the TETRA digital technology.
One of the primary obstacles to inter-connecting LMR systems is the lack of a fully-capable interface on each system. While the Project 25 Inter RF Subsystem Interface (ISSI) standard has been around for years, how many actual deployments has it seen, especially between disparate agencies? The biggest barrier to ubiquitous ISSI deployment seems to be the cost...
FirstNet was established to provide emergency responders with the first high-speed, nationwide network dedicated to public safety. Mutualinkâ€™s paper outlines the collaboration and interoperability challenges faced by states as they plan for FirstNet implementation, and presents specific, tactical solutions for overcoming them to achieve secure, real-time collaboration.
Pryme's Turbo-Boost is a new transducer that is smaller yet more powerful than anything that's ever come before. It has a built-in frequency response curve optimized to the characteristics of narrow-banded analog or digital modulated radios. Now, even in extremely noisy environments, Pryme's Turbo-Boost speaker transducer delivers crystal clear audio to your ear.
The narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has businesses and government entities working to retool their two-way radio systems in the face of stiff penalties and a Jan. 1, 2013, deadline... The FCC set forth its narrowbanding initiative in 1992 with the ultimate objective of increasing capacity and efficiency for the industrial/business and public safety radio pools in the private land mobile radio services category
C4i, with support from the National Park Service, developed an integrated solution: C4i's SwitchplusIP dispatch console system housed in the main control facility, which was then connected via Ubiquiti high-speed wireless IP links to C4i's Radio Interface Units (RIUs) on the peak.
NetMotion Wireless, a leading provider of mobility management solutions for first responders, has announced that public safety organizations are using NetMotion Diagnostics to survey and diagnose the coverage and signal quality of their network fabric, consisting of both public safety data and FirstNet networks. Understanding current coverage usage and needs is a critical first step for states and municipalities in order to guide and plan for future FirstNet deployments.
Law enforcement and military services have remained a big challenge even in the technology rich 21st century. Creating a safe environment for civilians and dissolving crime usually involves taking risks and maintaining effective communication methods. Nonetheless, meaningful progress has been made on that front. Here are some of the standout technologies for law enforcement in 2014.
Pepro LLC, a leading manufacturer of shielded enclosure systems for stationary and mobile applications, is announcing its Hybrid Scout. The Hybrid Scout is a highly configurable mobile radio tower site that runs on hybrid power, capable of providing more than a month of uninterrupted service for emergency and public safety communications depending on the equipment used.
E TIP, Inc. announces the ET-850 Universal Locking Slide Mount for ICOM mobile radios (Made in the U.S.A.) E TIP says the ET850 assists organizations with the operation and maintenance of communications hardware. Mobile Radio Lock Security is of critical importance when deploying mobile radios and other mobile technology to the field and the three most important features to managers are...
Communications International, Inc., a leading systems integrator of wireless voice, data and network technologies, has been awarded the contract for the city of New Bern's new Digital P25 Public Safety Radio Network. The new turnkey simulcast 700/800 MHz P25 radio system, slated for completion in mid-2012, will provide New Bern first responders with enhanced radio coverage, improved safety features and interoperable communications. Additionally, the new radios will operate with local and...
New Raytheon mobile application allows first responders to use PCs, tablets and smartphones as "virtual radios"
Raytheon Company has developed a mobile application for PCs, tablets and smartphones that allows first responders to interact and communicate without the use of land mobile radios (LMRs). As a part of Raytheon's Interoperability Communications Suite, this new mobile application allows authorized personnel to use tablets and smartphones as "virtual radios."
The fallback network for the LA-RICS system was the Tactical Communications Unit (TCU) which was the combined knowledge of NVIS Communications, Barrett Communications, Star Solutions and Pepro LLC...
NICE Systems has announced that its audio recording solution has successfully completed interoperability testing with the Cassidian Communications Inc. CORP25 radio trunking system. The integration enables public safety agencies and other security organizations to communicate across multiple vendors' systems that are based on P25 industry standards.
Radio communications can be unreliable in underground tunnels and other large, complicated structures, posing a safety hazard for emergency responders. New tests of wireless emergency safety equipment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have defined the challenges more precisely and suggest how emergency communications might be improved.
Nokia Networks and its public safety partner Harris Corporation have launched a rapidly deployable LTE solution, giving first responders 4G/LTE coverage and capacity in one hour or less and allowing faster distribution of data and videos. This new public safety â€˜solution on wheelsâ€™ enables 4G/LTE coverage and capacity in one hour or less for first responders in disaster areas or rural emergency situations
Nokia Siemens Networks, Cisco, Harris first to complete initial phase 3 testing of public safety LTE broadband network
Nokia Siemens Networks, Cisco and Harris Corporation have successfully completed the initial section of the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program phase 3 Long-Term Evolution (LTE) Demonstration Network Test Plan. The public safety LTE test plan is an important step in facilitating secure, real-time, video, voice and data communication between emergency service personnel.
The North Tahoe Fire Protection District in California will soon begin speaking directly to the public during fire events in a most retro yet revolutionary way – using two portable broadcast radio transmitters. “We will deploy the transmitters to announce evacuation routes, shelter locations, or changes in those scenarios, as that kind of thing will change with the wind quite literally” states the District’s Chris Stulik.
25 is not the only digital land mobile radio technology available. Digital LMR technologies such as DMR, MPT1327, and TETRA are widely used outside the U.S. and hold the dominant market position in other parts of the world. Recently, some public safety and critical infrastructure agencies here in the U.S. have been opting for these and other disparate technologies that are not compatible with P25.
On March 1, 2011 the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) unanimously voted to support the concept of a single nationwide broadband network for public safety instead of the network of networks approach. At an ex parte discussion held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for invited representatives of public safety, NPSTC made the strong case for a single flexible, reliable, and vibrant national broadband network, presenting high-level conceptual drawings to...
The NPSTC Radio PCR Working Group recently created a radio programming and management tool called PAM. The tool was created in order to mitigate a problem that was discovered during the search for the suspect in the shooting of a Florida police officer in 2011, in which programming failed to connect radios designated for interoperability.
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Councilâ€™s Public Safety Broadband Console Requirements defines the public safety requirements for the functionality and interfaces for command and control consoles connected to the LTE network. This document is intended primarily for use by FirstNet to fully understand the mission requirements of the public safety community and to provide guidance on the design and Implementation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN)
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) presents this report on public safety priority and quality of service (PQoS) needs and use cases for the 700 MHz Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). This new 95-page document, constructed through a collaborative effort between public safety users, government representatives, and members from industry is an update of a report originally issued in 2012.
NPSTC's Governing Board recently approved the creation of three new Working Groups that will operate under the Broadband and Technology Committee. They are LMR to LTE Migration, Broadband Emerging Technologies, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Robotics. Please sign up in the next 2 weeks to receive materials and meeting information. Work will begin in January.
The principal purpose of this document is to define, from the perspective of the NPSTC, broadband public safety PTT requirements for consideration by FirstNet as it embarks on its mission to deploy the nation's first Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), along with other international standards bodies.
NPSTC: Non-P25 Digital Technologies Will Negatively Impact Hard-Won Advances in Public Safety Interoperability in the US
NPSTC strongly urges public safety and critical infrastructure agencies contemplating the purchase or use of LMR equipment to opt for P25 Phase 1 (12.5 kHz conventional FDMA) and/or analog modes for interoperability. Project 25 Phase 1 radios automatically receive both analog and P25. No other technological solution ensures direct compatibility.
Outerlink Global Solutions, the leading satellite tracking and first-responder communications provider for mixed air and ground fleets, today announced the launch of Communique HUB, providing the first of its kind, multi-modal, data communications and processing platform for aviation and ground fleets.
The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services Public Safety Communications Office held its fifth Town Hall meeting in Sacramento on Nov. 20th to inform first responders and other public safety communications personnel about the future implementation of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) through the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
Pedal to the Metal for Public Safety: Statewide Emergency Networks Can Work Together, Without Washington and FirstNet
The Spectrum Act was a monumental decision, and our legislators should be applauded for dedicating the D-Block to public safety. When it comes to building these networks, however, the country already knows it has work to do. And it's doing it. While the Beltway gets up to speed on technical specifications and appointing the FirstNet board, traditional public safety and land-mobile radio networks (LMR) across the country are already proving that states can adapt to new interoperability...
Pepro LLC, a leading manufacturer of shielded enclosure systems for stationary and mobile applications, has sold 15 enclosures to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Ten sites are under contract with Northwind Engineering and five sites will be done in house by BLM Communications Group. The upgrades being conducted throughout the state are mandated by the Radio Infrastructure Compliance Assessment Safety Health Environment (RI CASHE) safety audit
Pre-Hospital Care & 700 MHz Broadband for Mission Critical Public Safety Data - From Calling Rampart to Communicating with the Enterprise
Today our staff has many options when it comes to voice communications. We provide them high end portable radios with capabilities in VHF, digital, and even encrypted channels. They often carry a portable radio worth thousands of dollars... yet they still use these devices as glorified walkie-talkies. Rarely are these voice devices used to their full potential.
Pryme Radio Products announces their most-up-to-the-minute innovations in communication accessories - including stealth GPS microphone, bone-conduction headset enhancements, and expanded Bluetooth capabilities.
Pryme Radio Products has entered into a non-exclusive agreement to license its extensive GPS technology portfolio to Midian Electronics, Inc. Midian is an Arizona corporation located in Tucson that produces a wide variety of advanced signaling/scrambling products for two-way radios. Midian will use its license to develop, manufacture, and market a Speaker Microphone with GPS and voice security capabilities. Pryme's GPS technology portfolio includes 30 Patents and Patent Applications in...
The 5th Annual Innovation Awards were recently held during the 117th International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. Cygnus Business Media's Law Enforcement Group developed these awards to showcase cutting-edge products that were launched within the previous year. An independent panel of qualified, veteran law enforcement officials judges the entries. Products are judged on innovativeness, productivity, quality, contribution, ease-of-use, maintainability, cost effectiveness, and...
Pryme Radio, an industry leader in professional quality two-way radio accessories, is joining forces with Hearing Components to enhance the comfort and performance of its communication equipment with the addition of patented Comply Foam tips.
Raytheon Company RTN has been awarded the first competitive Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) contract in the nation, as well as the first contract under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), for recipients of the FCC 700 MHz Broadband Waiver.
Raytheon's INTEROP-7000 Provides Public Safety a Bridge from Land Mobile Radios to Smartphones and Tablets
Developed using open standards, Raytheon's new INTEROP-7000 enables police, fire and rescue professionals to use commercial smartphones and tablets integrated with existing communications equipment, such as land mobile radios. INTEROP-7000 also positions public safety to become part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet will provide the first nationwide public safety broadband network.
Midian's RIC-8 is a tone remote adaptor and encoder that allows up to eight RIC-8 equipped repeaters connected by leased line or microwave to interoperate
The City of Richardson, Texas, with a population of nearly 100,000 residents, has accepted the Avtec ScoutTM CSSI radio dispatch console for its state-of-the-art 9-1-1 Communications Center. It is the first multi-vendor trunked radio system deployed in North America utilizing the APCO Project 25 Console Sub-System Interface (P25 CSSI) standard, which connects Avtec’s Internet Protocol (IP)-based consoles to the city's Cassidian P25 radio system. The 10 Scout consoles are a critical component...
San Diego Police Department selects Dynamic Instruments for its next generation Dispatch Voice Recording System
San Diego Police Department selects Dynamic Instruments for its next generation Dispatch Voice Recording System
Sarasota & Manatee Counties Select Airbus DS Communications' VESTA Radio for Regional Radio Solution
Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, has been selected by Floridaâ€™s Sarasota and Manatee Counties to design, install and maintain a VESTA Radio solution for public safety communications across the two counties. Dubbed the Suncoast Regional Communications System, the land mobile radio (LMR) solution was approved by both County Commissions
Avtec Inc. has announced that its latest software release, Scout 2.4, is now in controlled deployment to six customer sites. Scout 2.4 is a Project 25 (P25)-compliant solution that incorporates several elements that enhance connectivity capabilities, reporting, and the dispatchers' experience. With this release, Avtec introduces Scout with Frontier technology, a new software application that simplifies network deployment by eliminating multicast Internet Protocol (IP) traffic across wide area...
Motorola Solutions, Inc., a leader in the development of Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, devices, applications and services, has commended the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) Authority on the approval of the build, operate, own and maintain (BOOM) agreement to build a 700 MHz public safety long-term evolution (LTE) network in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Simoco Group, along with its partner Bay Electronics, Inc. has supplied an IP-based Simulcast System for the emergency services throughout Door County, Wisconsin as part of efforts to improve the region's communications network under updated government regulations.
Simoco Upgrades Rutland Regional Emergency Communication Center with Simulcast System for Public Safety Services
Simoco Group and North American partner Beltronics has teamed up with Rutland Regional Emergency Communication Center (RRECC) to deliver a two-channel, three-site simulcast system for the public safety services in Barre, Oakham, and Rutland in Massachusetts - with a fourth site planned in Hubbardston later this year.
Midian Electronics now offers the PR-10 and SVR-1 simplex repeater makers. The units record incoming audio based on COR or VOX detection and then retransmit the audio when COR or VOX drop. The PR-10 offers selective repeat in 2-Tone, DTMF, 5-Tone or Pulse Tone to only retransmit validated pages for applications such as rural fire departments receiving 2-Tone pages.
Over the past three decades, Software-defined radio (SDR) has evolved significantly to play a crucial role in wireless communication. In the early days adaptation was difficult as the equipment was considerably expensive. But over the past few years this technology has become increasingly cost-effective making it an ideal communications tool for emergency services.
Sonim Technologies is the recipient of two contracts through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Through BTOP, funding is awarded to eligible entities to develop and expand broadband services to rural and underserved areas and improve access to broadband by public safety agencies.
Southern California Public Safety Agencies Upgrade Regional Communications Systems and Infrastructure From Top to Bottom
Murrieta (Calif.) Police Department is the first city law enforcement agency to transition to the newly launched Riverside County digital system and the first to switch to Harris full spectrum two-way radios, powered by IPT's longer-lasting battery technology.
A new summer student project at the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC) in Rome, NY, culminated in the successful demonstration of technology that could solve radio communications problems for emergency responders across New York State.
TeleCommunication Systems Launches Lynx Line of Portable Routers for Connected Public Sector Communications
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), has launched its Lynx portfolio of portable routers designed to provide highly secure and rugged wireless broadband network solutions for mission-critical communications applications, such as public safety, law enforcement, the special operations community, and the Department of Defense.
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Highway Patrol have announced an agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc., to begin implementing the first phase of a statewide radio system that will enhance the efficiency, safety and service of troopers across the state.
Texas' Harris County Takes Crime Fighting to Next Level with Expanded Public Safety LTE Comms System
Motorola Solutions, Inc. has been awarded a $4 million contract to expand the Harris County, Texas Public Safety LTE wide area broadband network. Seven LTE sites will be added to the network for a total of 13 LTE sites delivering enhanced video and data capabilities along with expanded interoperability with Harris County's existing ASTRO 25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system.
Textron Systems Convenes Leading Voices to Discuss What It Will Take To Build A Successful Public Safety Broadband Network
On January 28th, 2013, Textron Systems convened 25 panelists and 80 participants for a robust conversation about the Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) and what it will take for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which has oversight over the development of the PSBN, to deliver a network that will achieve the goal set out by the 9/11 Commission.
What is often lost in the debate over the fate of the D-Block is the proven reliability of commercial networks. Indeed a great divide exists between the perception by some in the public safety community, who often cast doubt that these networks are dependable enough, and the reality, that more often, it is the commercial network that is the only one left standing.
The Return of High Frequency: HF-NVIS, Your Regional Communications Lifeline When Everything Else is Broken
HF (High Frequency) and NVIS (Near Vertical Incident Skywave) provide a simple and reliable solution for backup communications over a wide regional area with no intervening infrastructure whatever. It should be part of every public safety agency's toolset for springing back after a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
NPSTC congratulates the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval of their new standard. The TIA standard answers public safety's need for technical information related to the design, manufacturing, and testing of battery-powered, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) equipment, typically either hand-carried or worn on the person.
Carlson's Trailblazer is the most reliable, simple-to-use and effective wireless solution for backhauling any public safety two-way voice system. This all-in-one solution provides the same interfaces and ease-of use of traditional leased lines - with the added benefits of being wireless.
V-COMM Assists with Next Stage Of P25 Phase 2 Public Safety Network For Burlington County, New Jersey
V-COMM, an industry-leading telecommunications engineering firm, has been engaged by Burlington County, NJ to implement the next stage of its planned 700 MHz P25 Phase Two Public Safety network. V-COMMâ€™s services include system design, microwave design, site development, engineering specifications and project management.
Virginia Local Government Council Selects Harris Corp to Upgrade & Unify Mission-Critical Communications
Virginia's Region 2000 Local Government Council, has selected advanced, standards-based digital technology from Harris Corporation to improve and unify mission-critical communications for more than 3,000 first responders and public works users. Region 2000 includes 184,460 residents in Bedford and Amherst Counties, the Cities of Lynchburg and Bedford, and the Town of Amherst.
Midian's VAE-1 and VAE-10 voice alarm encoders can send a pre-recorded voice message and an Emergency ANI when an event occurs at a repeater site. The event could be that the site is on backup power, equipment has failed or an intrusion has been detected. For example the unit can be set-up to send a recorded message of "Radio Tower 1 backup power is on."
Westell Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of in-building wireless, intelligent site management, cell site optimization, and outside plant solutions, today announces that it has released its latest in-building repeater solution. The PS51080 is designed to provide customers with the ability to install an in-building repeater that will meet both the existing public safety communication regulations and allow customers to prepare for future mandates...
Western Pacific White Paper: Enhancing Mobility for Mission and Business Critical Mobile Radios Users
To date communication between operators in the field and control room operations have depended upon the use of high power base station networks combined with vehicle based mobile radios to provide these essential capabilities over long operating ranges. Consequently this network design remains the communication backbone of users under critical, emergency and high pressure circumstances.
What States and Locals Need To Know To Prepare for Rollout of Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
Congress passed groundbreaking legislation for a new Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) on February 17, 2012. The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act of 2012 was signed by President Obama on February 22. The legislation (Public Law 112-96) allocates the D Block spectrum to public safety, provides $7 billion federal funding for the network, and establishes a nationwide governance structure, the First Responder Network Authority(FirstNet). The FirstNet Board is...
At a recent symposium on public safety communication hosted by Airbus DS Communications in Tampa, public safety and emergency management officials gathered to learn more about new technologies available to enable them to create interoperable communications networks. Here are some of the symposiumâ€™s key takeaways and what 9-1-1 managers need to know about implementing improved communication systems:
Why can't public safety just use cell phones and smart phones for their mission critical voice communications? Unfortunately it's not that simple. Although public safety regularly use cell phones, smart phones, and other commercial wireless devices and services as a secondary form of communications, these devices and systems are currently not sufficiently suited for public safety mission critical voice communications during critical incidents.
Zetron's Advanced Communications (Acom EVO) system is now Project 25 (P25) Phase II-compliant. A P25 Phase II installation of Acom EVO currently underway will make Zetron the first console manufacturer to interface with a Motorola ASTRO 25 Phase II system.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, has completed successful testing of its Advanced Communications (AcomEVO) system integrated with EFJohnson's Project 25 (P25) Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) infrastructure. The testing confirmed that feature and functionality requirements specific to the CSSI standard have been met.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications systems worldwide, is partnering with Kodiak, a leading provider of broadband push-to-talk (PTT) solutions, to develop standardized IP interfaces that will seamlessly integrate the Kodiak Broadband PTT solution with Zetron dispatch consoles.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, announced that implementations of its Advanced Communications (AcomEVO) system [pictured] utilizing the TIA Project 25 (P25) Console Subsystem Interface (CSSI) have logged more than 3 million hours of successful operation at customer sites throughout North and South America and Australia.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, announced that its new, DMR-based interface is now available. This is the first multi-vendor console interface able to connect to a standards-based DMR Tier-III trunked network. It was engineered in conjunction with Tait Communications, and is designed to work with Zetron's Advanced Communication (Acom) (pictured) and MAX Dispatch systems.
Based on Zetronâ€™s proven Acom solution, AcomNOVUS utilizes an enterprise-class server architecture to build on the established Acom system that is used in complex communication centers throughout the world. As a result, AcomNOVUS delivers the unmatched customization for which Zetronâ€™s Acom platform is known...
Zetron's Advanced Communication (Acom) EVO radio dispatch console system has successfully completed TIA P25-based testing with Raytheon's P25net land mobile radio system. This demonstrates both manufacturers' commitment to interoperability, customer choice and open standards. It also demonstrates Zetron's continuing leadership in providing P25-compliant console systems.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications systems, announced that the new release of its DCS-5020 Digital Console System is able to support communications on iDEN networks through Motorola i365 portable radios. This strengthens the DCS-5020's position as a leading console system that supports interoperable communications among different networks.
The fire department in Sugar Land, Texas, began to appreciate the benefits of IP-based communications with their recent installation of Zetron's IP Fire Station Alerting (IP FSA) system. Because the new system sends alerts over the city's fiber-optic IP network, an operator can dispatch a fire truck, an ambulance, and one or more fire stations almost simultaneously, with the press of just a few buttons. The system also provides automatic indications of alert success and failure, so operators...
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, announced that it is now shipping a new version of its MAX Dispatch system that includes a direct IP connection to Kenwood's NEXEDGE digital trunking system.
Zetron announces that its MAX Dispatch system now includes two new interfaces. One connects MAX Dispatch to Harris M7300 radios, which in turn support EDACS and Project 25 (P25); the other connects to Motorola’s SMARTNET/SmartZone trunking system. The Harris interface is now shipping, and Zetron is currently taking orders for the Motorola interface.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, and Airbus DS Communications have announced the successful integration of Zetron's AcomNOVUS with the Airbus VESTA Radio P25 infrastructure.
Zetron's new Series 6300 Radio-over-IP (RoIP) gateways provide more flexible, cost-effective, IP-based connections between a variety radio dispatch backroom equipment and remote wireline radio resources. The gateways ease the migration of circuits between radios and their control equipment from expensive legacy leased lines to cost-effective, modern IP networks.
Zetron, RELM Wireless, and Spectra Engineering have completed successful joint testing of Zetronâ€™s Advanced Communications (AcomEVO) console system utilizing the TIA Project 25 (P25) Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI) to connect to RELM Wireless and Spectra Engineeringâ€™s DFSI-based repeaters and base stations.