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 All-outdoor microwave delivers secure, scalable backhaul for public-safety networks http://urgentcomm.com/blog/all-outdoor-microwave-delivers-secure-scalable-backhaul-public-safety-networks <div class="node-body blog-body">All-outdoor microwave backhaul systems deliver the key elements needed for the transport layer of an outdoor-based LTE system, including scalability and security.</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/all-outdoor-microwave-delivers-secure-scalable-backhaul-public-safety-networks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/all-outdoor-microwave-delivers-secure-scalable-backhaul-public-safety-networks#comments Tower & Site Cybersecurity Microwave Public Safety Security System Design View from the Top Tue, 26 May 2015 14:31:00 +0000 36101 at http://urgentcomm.com What’s the right infrastructure for public-safety DAS? http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-s-right-infrastructure-public-safety-das <div class="node-body blog-body">When deploying a distributed antenna system (DAS) to provide in-building coverage, some vendors recommend a separate overlay for the public-safety network, while others recommend integrating public-safety coverage and capacity into the cellular wireless network. Which is the right approach?</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/what-s-right-infrastructure-public-safety-das" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/what-s-right-infrastructure-public-safety-das#comments Coverage & Interference DAS Public Safety Regulation Standards System Design System Operation View from the Top Thu, 21 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000 36061 at http://urgentcomm.com Vendors should put first responders before profits, encourage ISSI deployments http://urgentcomm.com/blog/vendors-should-put-first-responders-profits-encourage-issi-deployments <div class="node-body blog-body">If agencies could enable intersystem interoperability via ISSI at will, radio systems would be chosen on their merits, instead of being forced by anti-competitive vendor lock-in.</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/vendors-should-put-first-responders-profits-encourage-issi-deployments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/vendors-should-put-first-responders-profits-encourage-issi-deployments#comments Interoperability View from the Top Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:05:00 +0000 35571 at http://urgentcomm.com FCC E911 location ruling the first step in journey to improved emergency-response times http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-e911-location-ruling-first-step-journey-improved-emergency-response-times <div class="node-body blog-body"><h3>By John Vetter, Sunsight Instruments</h3> <p>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should be commended for its recent unanimous ruling in favor of increased horizontal-axis location accuracy requirements for Wireless Enhanced 911 (E911) systems, and for providing guidance on a path to develop and implement vertical-axis solutions and requirements.</p></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/fcc-e911-location-ruling-first-step-journey-improved-emergency-response-times" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-e911-location-ruling-first-step-journey-improved-emergency-response-times#comments Dispatch In-Building Citizen Engagement Personnel Tracking Public Safety Regulation Test and Measurement FCC View from the Top Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:48:00 +0000 35351 at http://urgentcomm.com Tiger Teams and the FCC Enforcement Bureau http://urgentcomm.com/blog/tiger-teams-and-fcc-enforcement-bureau <div class="node-body blog-body">The FCC has announced plans to reduce the staff of its Enforcement Bureau. Given the explosion in the use of wireless devices across all markets—thereby increasing the potential for interference—wouldn't it make more sense to expand the Enforcement Bureau's capabilities instead of trying to consolidate them?</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/tiger-teams-and-fcc-enforcement-bureau" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/tiger-teams-and-fcc-enforcement-bureau#comments Coverage & Interference Funding Regulation Tracking, Monitoring & Control EWA FCC View from the Top Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:01:00 +0000 34911 at http://urgentcomm.com The impossible may take some time http://urgentcomm.com/blog/impossible-may-take-some-time <div class="node-body blog-body">They say that achieving the difficult takes time and the impossible just takes a bit longer. Securing an exclusive UHF FB8 channel in San Diego, CA, could be a quest that goes a bit beyond merely difficult.</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/impossible-may-take-some-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/impossible-may-take-some-time#comments EWA View from the Top Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:00:00 +0000 34891 at http://urgentcomm.com Three two-way-radio licensing myths … busted http://urgentcomm.com/blog/three-two-way-radio-licensing-myths-busted <div class="node-body blog-body">Some things you might have heard about frequency coordination may not be true.</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/three-two-way-radio-licensing-myths-busted" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/three-two-way-radio-licensing-myths-busted#comments Coverage & Interference Spectrum/Frequency Coordination System Design EWA View from the Top Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:00:00 +0000 34901 at http://urgentcomm.com Public-safety agencies should get ready for carrier-provided P25 managed services http://urgentcomm.com/blog/public-safety-agencies-should-get-ready-carrier-provided-p25-managed-services <div class="node-body blog-body">Governments no longer are required to buy, build, own, and operate costly P25 radio networks in-house. That's because carrier-provided P25 as a service has proven to be more reliable, more scalable, more interoperable, more secure and ultimately will be more affordable than traditional privately-owned P25 systems. </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/public-safety-agencies-should-get-ready-carrier-provided-p25-managed-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/public-safety-agencies-should-get-ready-carrier-provided-p25-managed-services#comments Funding P25 Public Safety System Design Cassidian View from the Top Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:27:00 +0000 35001 at http://urgentcomm.com Expect the unexpected: PSAP planning for atypical events is challenging, but necessary http://urgentcomm.com/blog/expect-unexpected-psap-planning-atypical-events-challenging-necessary <div class="node-body blog-body">How can a public-safety answering point (PSAP) prepare for events that happen so infrequently they barely register on the radar screen or fall outside the scope of a PSAP’s normal responsibilities? It's a challenging task, but a failure to take such events into account could have disastrous consequences for the citizen in need, the PSAP and the public safety agency it serves.</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/expect-unexpected-psap-planning-atypical-events-challenging-necessary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/expect-unexpected-psap-planning-atypical-events-challenging-necessary#comments Dispatch Policy PSAP View from the Top Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:51:00 +0000 34291 at http://urgentcomm.com Congressional hearing on FirstNet offers fresh insight into potential opportunities, challenges for commercial partners http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congressional-hearing-firstnet-offers-fresh-insight-potential-opportunities-challenges-commerci <div class="node-body blog-body">Carriers, vendors, owners of network infrastructure, and other entities that wish to partner with FirstNet should keep in mind some of the key opportunities and challenges about business opportunities with FirstNet that could be gleaned from this week's hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee.</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/congressional-hearing-firstnet-offers-fresh-insight-potential-opportunities-challenges-commerci" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congressional-hearing-firstnet-offers-fresh-insight-potential-opportunities-challenges-commerci#comments Funding Legislation Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Planning NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:54:00 +0000 33921 at http://urgentcomm.com