Jill Nolin

GIS will become the ‘hero’ of 911, says APCO panelist
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) may serve a minor role in legacy 911 systems, but it will be an integral part of next-generation system. The sooner 911 professionals realize this and start preparing, the smoother their transition to next-generation 911 will be, according to panelists at the recent APCO conference.
Don’t expect one solution to solve all your needs, says Harris RF official
Public-safety agencies can protect their technological investments by focusing on the convergence of existing and emerging technologies, including LMR, LTE and broadband, according to Paul May, senior product manager for Harris RF.
So far, text-to-911 messages not as cryptic as feared, panelists say
A commonly stated concern about text-to-911 service is that the messages will be so packed with text abbreviations that they will be rendered unintelligible to call-takers in PSAPs. But early returns indicate the text messages haven’t been as indecipherable as feared.
More customers are turning to operational-expense service model for networks, Motorola Solutions says
As public-safety communications systems become increasingly complex, more agencies are looking for alternatives to traditional funding and network-management models, according to Motorola Solutions representatives
FirstNet board approves spectrum-lease agreement with state of Texas
FirstNet board members approve a three-year spectrum-management-lease agreement (SMLA) with the state of Texas, providing some spectral stability to the public-safety LTE network deployed in Harris County, Texas—the first such operational network to be established in the United States.
LGS Innovations looks to broaden its scope after being sold by Alcatel-Lucent
More than four months after its sale from Alcatel-Lucent was finalized, Virginia-based LGS Innovations is enjoying the freedom of no longer being bound exclusively to the U.S. federal-government market, so it can pursue business in sectors such as utilities, according to top management official with the company.
FirstNet's Kennedy highlights progress made during the past year
FirstNet Acting General Manager TJ Kennedy noted advances made within FirstNet and the public-safety-communications industry during his presentation at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in New Orleans.
Zetron's Pathway offers radio-dispatch flexibility with standards-based solution
Zetron has a new Pathway radio dispatch solution that uses the TIA P25 Digital Fixed Station Interface (DFSI) protocol to connect as many as four console systems to one base station, providing dispatch centers with additional flexibility during potentially difficult transition times.
Text-to-911 service will start only when PSAPs are ready, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel says
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says PSAPs will be "in control" of text-to-911 deployment schedules during her speech at APCO 2014, which was delivered just two days before the FCC is scheduled to vote on the text-to-911 issue.
FirstNet-like support needed for next-gen 911, APCO panelists say
Although next-gen 911 and FirstNet are perceived as complementary initiatives within the public-safety community, federal-funding support for FirstNet dwarfs the funding for next-gen 911—a situation that needs to change, according to panelists at APCO 2014 in New Orleans.
Capt. Phillips at APCO: 'You are stronger than you even know'
Capt. Richard Phillips, whose encounter with Somalian pirates was the subject of a 2013 movie starring Tom Hanks, drew parallels between his precarious situation and efforts to maintain reliable and secure public-safety communications in the modern era during a speech delivered at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in New Orleans.
Codan announces lightweight transportable repeater
Codan Radio Communications launches Vizor Interop, a 28-pound transportable repeater that is designed to be deployed quickly.
Nokia, Harris team to provide deployable LTE solution
Nokia Networks and Harris collaborate on a deployable LTE solution that is designed for rapid deployment in areas with little or no coverage, where there has been a network outage, or where additional capacity is needed during a special event.
Cassidian Communications changes company name to Airbus DS Communications
Cassidian Communications changes its name to Airbus DS Communications to reflect the recent name change of its parent company. Although the company's ownership, personnel and products will remain in place, the division's products now will fall under the VESTA brand that is recognized in the 911 sector.
First-responder broadband system a rare opportunity for public safety, FirstNet official says
A nationwide public-safety broadband network is an opportunity that isn’t likely to repeat itself, FirstNet’s director of government relations Ed Parkinson said yesterday during a session at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference.

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