View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed en 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 How participation in the National 911 Profile Database matters to PSAPs nationwide http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-participation-national-911-profile-database-matters-psaps-nationwide <div class="node-body blog-body">By submitting information to the National 911 Profile Database today, states can help 911 officials and public-safety answering point (PSAP) directors identify helpful operational trends and "make the case" to elected leaders at all levels for funding to pursue initiatives such as next-generation 911, according to Harriet Miller-Brown, president of the National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA).</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/how-participation-national-911-profile-database-matters-psaps-nationwide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-participation-national-911-profile-database-matters-psaps-nationwide#comments Dispatch Funding Legislation NG-911 Regulation View from the Top Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:26:00 +0000 30781 at http://urgentcomm.com Land mobile radio: Why moving to IT makes sense http://urgentcomm.com/blog/land-mobile-radio-why-moving-it-makes-sense <div class="node-body blog-body">By leveraging the combined technical expertise and practices of its IT department and traditional LMR radio personnel, the city of Richardson, Texas, was able to install an open-source P25 system for public safety and realize considerable cost savings, according to Richardson CIO Steve Graves.</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/land-mobile-radio-why-moving-it-makes-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/land-mobile-radio-why-moving-it-makes-sense#comments Land-Mobile Radio Network Operations & Maintenance P25 Public Safety Smart Cities System Maintenance View from the Top Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:33:00 +0000 30501 at http://urgentcomm.com Tips for hiring and training radio technicians http://urgentcomm.com/blog/tips-hiring-and-training-radio-technicians <div class="node-body blog-body">Throughout the industry, there is a shortage of good radio technicians, but dealers can close this gap by following best practices for hiring and training employees.</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/tips-hiring-and-training-radio-technicians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/tips-hiring-and-training-radio-technicians#comments Land-Mobile Radio ETA Network Operations & Maintenance Test and Measurement View from the Top Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:27:00 +0000 29531 at http://urgentcomm.com Who Receives New Spectrum is a Pivotal Decision http://urgentcomm.com/blog/who-receives-new-spectrum-pivotal-decision <div class="node-body blog-body">The last time we had a new allocation of spectrum for industrial/business licensees was in 1985. Reagan was president, the first dot-com was registered, and a gallon of gas was $1.07.</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/who-receives-new-spectrum-pivotal-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/who-receives-new-spectrum-pivotal-decision#comments Regulation Rebanding View from the Top Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:48:00 +0000 28961 at http://urgentcomm.com Adams County, Colo., to demonstrate first phase of its FirstNet LTE system on June 6 http://urgentcomm.com/blog/adams-county-colo-demonstrate-first-phase-its-firstnet-lte-system-june-6 <div class="node-body blog-body">In his own words, the executive director of Adams County Communications Center (ADCOM911) describes the first-phase buildout of the county's public-safety LTE system--the first LTE network to be deployed under the umbrella of FirstNet.</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/adams-county-colo-demonstrate-first-phase-its-firstnet-lte-system-june-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/adams-county-colo-demonstrate-first-phase-its-firstnet-lte-system-june-6#comments Fire/EMS Interoperability Interoperability Law Enforcement Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Fri, 30 May 2014 18:54:00 +0000 28351 at http://urgentcomm.com MEPs provide large-company retirement benefits for the small-business market http://urgentcomm.com/blog/meps-provide-large-company-retirement-benefits-small-business-market <div class="node-body blog-body">Multiple-employer plans (MEPs) represent a way for small-business employers—the category for most radio dealers—to provide retirement-investment programs to their employees that are comparable to those offered by larger employers.</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/meps-provide-large-company-retirement-benefits-small-business-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/meps-provide-large-company-retirement-benefits-small-business-market#comments Retail/Warehouse View from the Top Wed, 21 May 2014 13:57:00 +0000 28071 at http://urgentcomm.com New Internet domains alter dynamics for protecting, promoting your business online http://urgentcomm.com/blog/new-internet-domains-alter-dynamics-protecting-promoting-your-business-online <div class="node-body blog-body">With the introduction of new Generic Top Level Domains (GTLDs)--from ".solutions" to ".reviews"--alert companies can benefit from new opportunities to promote their brands, while others potentially will face the challenge of deflecting allegations published on domains established by disgruntled employees or competitors.</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/new-internet-domains-alter-dynamics-protecting-promoting-your-business-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/new-internet-domains-alter-dynamics-protecting-promoting-your-business-online#comments Data Enterprise Regulation View from the Top Wed, 14 May 2014 13:12:00 +0000 27951 at http://urgentcomm.com Data, Data Everywhere… Making it operational in real time, in 2014 and beyond http://urgentcomm.com/blog/data-data-everywhere-making-it-operational-real-time-2014-and-beyond <div class="node-body blog-body">Data is coming at your agency from all angles, but data is only as good as how it can be used. How do you operationalize all of this information that surrounds you? Establishing real-time crime centers is one approach that proving to be effective.</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/data-data-everywhere-making-it-operational-real-time-2014-and-beyond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/data-data-everywhere-making-it-operational-real-time-2014-and-beyond#comments Motorola Solutions View from the Top Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:06:00 +0000 26681 at http://urgentcomm.com Enough ... http://urgentcomm.com/blog/enough <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>No one should be surprised that the FCC has announced that effective April 1, 2014, they will no longer accept license renewal applications in the 150-470 MHz bands that specify a non-compliant wideband emission designator, an indication that the system in operation exceeds the maximum acceptable channel bandwidth of 12.5 kHz.&nbsp; What is surprising is that this Commission advisory announcement was issued at such a late date (the narrowbanding deadline was January 1, 2013!) and that there would be any licensees left out there that don&rsquo;t know any better that would even attempt to ren</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/enough" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/enough#comments Land-Mobile Radio Narrowbanding Regulation EWA FCC View from the Top Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:57:00 +0000 26491 at http://urgentcomm.com