View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed Forward-looking perspectives from top leaders, regarding where our industry is today and, more importantly, where it is heading. en Wireless Spectrum Changes Bring New Opportunities in 2015 http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-spectrum-changes-bring-new-opportunities-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Maybe it’s always about spectrum at the FCC, but not too often about spectrum for Business/Industrial and Land Transportation (B/ILT) entities. If B/ILT interests are want to improve their spectrum lot, we must do it on our own.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-spectrum-changes-bring-new-opportunities-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/wireless-spectrum-changes-bring-new-opportunities-2015#comments Commentary Newsletters Regulation EWA View from the Top Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:01:00 +0000 32471 at http://urgentcomm.com TRNI loses extraordinary leader with the passing of Dave Robison http://urgentcomm.com/blog/trni-loses-extraordinary-leader-passing-dave-robison <div class="node-body blog-body">Technology Resource Network, International (TRNI), formerly known as USMSS, lost the chairman of its board of directors on Friday, Dec. 5, when Dave Robison passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours at the age of 65.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/trni-loses-extraordinary-leader-passing-dave-robison" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/trni-loses-extraordinary-leader-passing-dave-robison#comments Governance Organizations View from the Top Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:46:00 +0000 32461 at http://urgentcomm.com There is an optimistic future for 911 wireless location accuracy http://urgentcomm.com/blog/there-optimistic-future-911-wireless-location-accuracy <div class="node-body blog-body">By George Rice, iCERT.By leveraging readily available technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, carriers can provide public-safety answering points (PSAPs) with better accuracy and dispatchable addresses that can be conveyed quickly to first responders when 911 emergency calls are made, even if the communication is initiated from a wireless device from inside a building.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/there-optimistic-future-911-wireless-location-accuracy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/there-optimistic-future-911-wireless-location-accuracy#comments In-Building Dispatch Legislation Local Area NG-911 Personnel Tracking PSAP APCO FCC NENA View from the Top Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:05:00 +0000 32061 at http://urgentcomm.com Beyond asset management: Critical real-time information improves public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/beyond-asset-management-critical-real-time-information-improves-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Public-safety agencies have unique “human asset” management needs, because it encounters scenarios that are much more time-sensitive and life-critical than those in the enterprise sector. For example, knowing where and when a police officer leaves his patrol car and whether he took his assault rifle with him isn’t sufficient. Only by knowing what’s transpiring in real time can backup support be dispatched, even if an officer is prevented from calling in on his voice radio.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/beyond-asset-management-critical-real-time-information-improves-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/beyond-asset-management-critical-real-time-information-improves-public-safety#comments Dispatch First Responders GPS Law Enforcement Local Area Personnel Monitoring Personnel Tracking PSAP Wide Area View from the Top Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:22:00 +0000 31951 at http://urgentcomm.com Ensuring reliable first-responder communications inside buildings critical to public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Many emergencies occur inside structures, so first-responder communications require in-building coverage that is complete, reliable and flexible enough to support myriad technologies. All-digital DAS solutions may be the answer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ensuring-reliable-first-responder-communications-inside-buildings-critical-public-safety#comments Coverage & Interference DAS Public Safety View from the Top Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:39:00 +0000 31551 at http://urgentcomm.com NATE announces new Public Safety Agency membership category http://urgentcomm.com/blog/nate-announces-new-public-safety-agency-membership-category <div class="node-body blog-body">The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), a non-profit trade association in the wireless infrastructure industry, announces a new membership category designed to serve industry members in the government and public-safety arenas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/nate-announces-new-public-safety-agency-membership-category" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/nate-announces-new-public-safety-agency-membership-category#comments NATE View from the Top Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:14:00 +0000 31501 at http://urgentcomm.com Partnerships are much more than contracts—an important distinction for FirstNet http://urgentcomm.com/blog/partnerships-are-much-more-contracts-important-distinction-firstnet <div class="node-body blog-body">By Andrew M. Seybold. Partnerships are vital to FirstNet. Given this, FirstNet must have the ability to seek out and discuss potential partnership agreements, without having to resort to RFI/RFP rigid rules and regulations that hamper all those who work in the federal environment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/partnerships-are-much-more-contracts-important-distinction-firstnet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/partnerships-are-much-more-contracts-important-distinction-firstnet#comments Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:42:00 +0000 31371 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet is not a master of its own fate http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-not-master-its-own-fate <div class="node-body blog-body">Overreaction by some within the federal government to allegations made by former FirstNet board member Paul Fitzgerald have cost the organization valuable time in its quest to design and build a nationwide broadband network for public safety.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-not-master-its-own-fate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-not-master-its-own-fate#comments Legislation Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regulation NIST/PSCR NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:32:00 +0000 30991 at http://urgentcomm.com Ideas for managing the growth and complexity of public-safety LTE networks http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ideas-managing-growth-and-complexity-public-safety-lte-networks <div class="node-body blog-body">Newfield Wireless CEO Marc Bensadoun explores the challenges facing FirstNet and carriers wanting to provide broadband mobile data services over LTE to public-safety users that require higher levels of coverage and reliability than commercial systems traditionally have provided.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ideas-managing-growth-and-complexity-public-safety-lte-networks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/ideas-managing-growth-and-complexity-public-safety-lte-networks#comments Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Design System Management Test and Measurement View from the Top Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:54:00 +0000 30931 at http://urgentcomm.com Unfinished Business http://urgentcomm.com/blog/unfinished-business <div class="node-body blog-body">There are some very critical spectrum and regulatory developments today that deserve front-page coverage in wireless news reports. These stories include how best to implement net neutrality, how and when incentive auctions are to be conducted in portions of the broadcast spectrum, FirstNet’s efforts to commence a national broadband network dedicated to mission critical requirements, the FCC expanding its mission to include cyber security, and, how best to provide commercial access to Federal Government bands, to name just a few. Lest we forget, however, as we approach the end of 2014, there are a host of other regulatory and spectrum matters that are nevertheless critical to private land mobile interests.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/view-from-the-top">View from the Top</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/unfinished-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/unfinished-business#comments Commentary Newsletters T-Band EWA View from the Top Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:41:00 +0000 30891 at http://urgentcomm.com