Urgent Matters http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13059/feed en Congress needs to offer a bigger carrot, if it wants a potential 911-funding stick to have any meaning http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning <div class="node-body blog-body">Congress discusses need to halt state practice of "raiding" 911 fees and using the money for other budgetary purposes. Threatening to withhold federal funds could stop this, but only if the federal government begins providing substantial 911 monies.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning#comments Funding Legislation Urgent Matters Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:49:00 +0000 46981 at http://urgentcomm.com ‘Bomb robot’ usage in Dallas underscores importance of mission-critical data, not just voice http://urgentcomm.com/blog/bomb-robot-usage-dallas-underscores-importance-mission-critical-data-not-just-voice <div class="node-body blog-body">Mission-critical voice is a fundamental tool for public safety, but data often has been considered somewhat less vital to first-responder operations. But the use of remote-controlled "bomb robot" in Dallas to deliver lethal force to the suspected gunman should cause many to reconsider any perceptions about the need for mission-critical data connectivity during times of crisis.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/bomb-robot-usage-dallas-underscores-importance-mission-critical-data-not-just-voice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/bomb-robot-usage-dallas-underscores-importance-mission-critical-data-not-just-voice#comments Long-Term Evolution In-Building Coverage & Interference Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security System Design Urgent Matters Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:19:00 +0000 46941 at http://urgentcomm.com Coordinating cybersecurity efforts between 911 and FirstNet promises to be critical for public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coordinating-cybersecurity-efforts-between-911-and-firstnet-promises-be-critical-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Cybersecurity promises to be a major challenge for public safety as it migrates to IP-based FirstNet and next-generation 911 technologies. Given the constant future need to transport sensitive information between the two networks on constant basis, developing a coordinated cybersecurity strategy for 911, FirstNet and the important interface between the systems is critical.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coordinating-cybersecurity-efforts-between-911-and-firstnet-promises-be-critical-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coordinating-cybersecurity-efforts-between-911-and-firstnet-promises-be-critical-public-safety#comments Dispatch Cybersecurity NG-911 Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Coordination Security Urgent Matters Thu, 07 Jul 2016 21:23:00 +0000 46851 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet must balance transparency, security goals during upcoming talks with state, public-safety officials http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-must-balance-transparency-security-goals-during-upcoming-talks-state-public-safety-off <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet officials have promised considerable outreach to states and public safety as deployment plans for each state and territory are finalized and distributed. But balancing the desire for transparency and the need for security during these processes could prove challenging.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-must-balance-transparency-security-goals-during-upcoming-talks-state-public-safety-off" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-must-balance-transparency-security-goals-during-upcoming-talks-state-public-safety-off#comments Cybersecurity Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:21:00 +0000 46791 at http://urgentcomm.com Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface <div class="node-body blog-body">After years of asking FirstNet officials whether it will build a nationwide public-safety network, federal lawmakers last week asked whether the FIrstNet system would compete with existing commercial telecom providers. Yes, it will—just as Congress ordered when it established FirstNet more than four years ago.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface#comments Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:14:00 +0000 46661 at http://urgentcomm.com If FirstNet is not the answer, does someone have a better alternative? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/if-firstnet-not-answer-does-someone-have-better-alternative <div class="node-body blog-body">Some have asserted that Republicans would want to torpedo FirstNet if the party is successful in the November elections. Given the structure of FirstNet's RFP, such a strategy would not make a lot of sense.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/if-firstnet-not-answer-does-someone-have-better-alternative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/if-firstnet-not-answer-does-someone-have-better-alternative#comments Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:18:00 +0000 46581 at http://urgentcomm.com Kudos to FCC for beginning to tackle key noise-floor issue in technical inquiry http://urgentcomm.com/blog/kudos-fcc-beginning-tackle-key-noise-floor-issue-technical-inquiry <div class="node-body blog-body">With the proliferation of wireless networks, small cells and smart devices, some have wondered what is happening to the RF noise floor. Thankfully, the FCC has launched a technical inquiry to begin an examination of the issue.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/kudos-fcc-beginning-tackle-key-noise-floor-issue-technical-inquiry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/kudos-fcc-beginning-tackle-key-noise-floor-issue-technical-inquiry#comments Coverage & Interference Legislation System Design Test and Measurement Wireless Networks FCC Urgent Matters Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:59:00 +0000 46521 at http://urgentcomm.com Convergence between public-safety and commercial communications not just a one-way street http://urgentcomm.com/blog/convergence-between-public-safety-and-commercial-communications-not-just-one-way-street <div class="node-body blog-body">Convergence to date primarily has been a function of public safety moving toward technologies used in commercial communications, but there are indications that public safety's requirements could have a large impact on the manner in which the commercial world works in the future.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/convergence-between-public-safety-and-commercial-communications-not-just-one-way-street" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/convergence-between-public-safety-and-commercial-communications-not-just-one-way-street#comments Long-Term Evolution Cybersecurity Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security System Design Urgent Matters Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:33:00 +0000 46301 at http://urgentcomm.com It’s still early, but the winner of the FirstNet RFP appears to be … public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/it-s-still-early-winner-firstnet-rfp-appears-be-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Today's Rivada Mercury announcement revealing its key team members of its offeror team should make potential public-safety customers more comfortable about the proposed FirstNet nationwide broadband network, even if Rivada Mercury does not emerge as the selected contractor. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/it-s-still-early-winner-firstnet-rfp-appears-be-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/it-s-still-early-winner-firstnet-rfp-appears-be-public-safety#comments Cybersecurity Funding Policy Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:23:00 +0000 46221 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet’s bidding deadline has passed—what we know now http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-bidding-deadline-has-passed-what-we-know-now <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet provided only a cryptic statement as Tuesday's bid deadline passed, but it was enough to provide public safety and key decision makers with some key information as they pursue future plans. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-bidding-deadline-has-passed-what-we-know-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-s-bidding-deadline-has-passed-what-we-know-now#comments Coverage & Interference Cybersecurity Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security System Design FCC NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:15:00 +0000 46151 at http://urgentcomm.com Get ready to adapt, because a flood of critical-communications changes are coming http://urgentcomm.com/blog/get-ready-adapt-because-flood-critical-communications-changes-are-coming <div class="node-body blog-body">It may be tough to pinpoint exactly when everything will happen, but all signs point to significant changes on the horizon throughout the critical-communications industry. It's time to get ready for an exciting-but-bumpy ride.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/get-ready-adapt-because-flood-critical-communications-changes-are-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/get-ready-adapt-because-flood-critical-communications-changes-are-coming#comments Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity NG-911 Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Spectrum/Frequency Coordination FCC Urgent Matters Thu, 26 May 2016 21:54:00 +0000 46071 at http://urgentcomm.com Anticipation increases as FirstNet-proposal countdown hits the one-week mark http://urgentcomm.com/blog/anticipation-increases-firstnet-proposal-countdown-hits-one-week-mark <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet proposals are due in a week, on May 31. What will we learn on that day, and during the weeks that follow?</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/anticipation-increases-firstnet-proposal-countdown-hits-one-week-mark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/anticipation-increases-firstnet-proposal-countdown-hits-one-week-mark#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 24 May 2016 15:31:00 +0000 45991 at http://urgentcomm.com Ten years after O’Brien proposal, there is light at the end of the tunnel for public-safety broadband communications http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ten-years-after-o-brien-proposal-there-light-end-tunnel-public-safety-broadband-communications <div class="node-body blog-body">Today marks the 10th anniversary of Morgan O’Brien unveiling his public-safety broadband vision during his IWCE 2006 keynote. Things did not progress as O'Brien outlined at the time, but many of the core principles presented that day are now part of FirstNet, which in two weeks is scheduled to receive proposals from teams willing to build and maintain a nationwide public-safety broadband network.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ten-years-after-o-brien-proposal-there-light-end-tunnel-public-safety-broadband-communications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ten-years-after-o-brien-proposal-there-light-end-tunnel-public-safety-broadband-communications#comments Land-Mobile Radio Long-Term Evolution Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design FCC NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 17 May 2016 13:57:00 +0000 45831 at http://urgentcomm.com Decision makers need to consider many layers when determining future role of mission-critical voice over LTE http://urgentcomm.com/blog/decision-makers-need-consider-many-layers-when-determining-future-role-mission-critical-voice-o <div class="node-body blog-body">Will mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) over LTE replace LMR services for first responders? The answer is not clear, but it is important that decisions are made based on accurate information, not on outdated statements that do not reflect recent technological developments.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/decision-makers-need-consider-many-layers-when-determining-future-role-mission-critical-voice-o" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/decision-makers-need-consider-many-layers-when-determining-future-role-mission-critical-voice-o#comments Land-Mobile Radio Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design Urgent Matters Thu, 12 May 2016 14:51:00 +0000 45731 at http://urgentcomm.com As technology changes rapidly, policies lag too far behind http://urgentcomm.com/blog/technology-changes-rapidly-policies-lag-too-far-behind <div class="node-body blog-body">A lot is happening in the technology arena, with innovations happening constantly in the IP and wireless sectors. But policy development lags well behind technology advances, and that could be dangerous as the new applications are used in more critical settings.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/technology-changes-rapidly-policies-lag-too-far-behind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/technology-changes-rapidly-policies-lag-too-far-behind#comments Coverage & Interference Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Machine-to-Machine NG-911 Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Harris NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Thu, 05 May 2016 19:09:00 +0000 45601 at http://urgentcomm.com