View from the Top http://urgentcomm.com/blog/13130/feed en 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 How to make multi-agency collaboration a reality in a FirstNet world http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-make-multi-agency-collaboration-reality-firstnet-world <div class="node-body blog-body">A fundamental goal of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is to enable multimedia communication and collaboration between all first-responder agencies, which is a challenging task. The good news is that numerous advanced technologies are available today to help deliver on the promise of secure, seamless multi-agency collaboration.</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-make-multi-agency-collaboration-reality-firstnet-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/how-make-multi-agency-collaboration-reality-firstnet-world#comments Critical Infrastructure Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Coordination System Design NTIA/FirstNet View from the Top Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:42:00 +0000 33741 at http://urgentcomm.com FCC takes initial steps to unlock AWS-3 spectrum auction revenue for public-safety initiatives http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-takes-initial-steps-unlock-aws-3-spectrum-auction-revenue-public-safety-initiatives <div class="node-body blog-body">The AWS-3 auction’s record-breaking $41.3 billion in estimated net revenue is expected to cover all of the funding priorities outlined in the Spectrum Act, including funding for FirstNet, for research and development related to public safety wireless communications, and for the 911, E-911 and next-generation 911 implementation grant program.</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-takes-initial-steps-unlock-aws-3-spectrum-auction-revenue-public-safety-initiatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/fcc-takes-initial-steps-unlock-aws-3-spectrum-auction-revenue-public-safety-initiatives#comments Funding NG-911 Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet FCC NIST/PSCR View from the Top Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:12:00 +0000 33601 at http://urgentcomm.com Critical infrastructure demanding more from communications technology http://urgentcomm.com/blog/critical-infrastructure-demanding-more-communications-technology <div class="node-body blog-body">Critical-infrastructure industries are emerging as the biggest adopters of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, connecting more people, devices and sensors in the field than ever before. As automation grows in both popularity and necessity, decision makers have an opportunity to select from a plethora of communication technologies available to the marketplace.</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/critical-infrastructure-demanding-more-communications-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/critical-infrastructure-demanding-more-communications-technology#comments Machine-to-Machine View from the Top Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:41:00 +0000 33481 at http://urgentcomm.com Body-worn cameras for law enforcement: A really big deal and really, really Big Data http://urgentcomm.com/blog/body-worn-cameras-law-enforcement-really-big-deal-and-really-really-big-data <div class="node-body blog-body">Author Edmond Vea outlines some of the capabilities and technical challenges associated with use of body-worn cameras by law-enforcement officers, which has been the focus of considerable funding and political attention during the past year. Vea also introduces a survey to gather input from readers about body-worn cameras, the results of which he will unveil during IWCE 2015 in March.</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/body-worn-cameras-law-enforcement-really-big-deal-and-really-really-big-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/body-worn-cameras-law-enforcement-really-big-deal-and-really-really-big-data#comments Dispatch NG-911 PSAP System Design FCC View from the Top Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:06:00 +0000 33201 at http://urgentcomm.com Why carrier-hosted P25 as a Service provides a roadmap for greater agency participation http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-carrier-hosted-p25-service-provides-roadmap-greater-agency-participation <div class="node-body blog-body">Public-safety agencies have been reluctant to adopt shared P25 service offerings due to undesirable governance policies, but carrier-hosted P25 as a Service solves that problem.</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/why-carrier-hosted-p25-service-provides-roadmap-greater-agency-participation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/why-carrier-hosted-p25-service-provides-roadmap-greater-agency-participation#comments Interoperability P25 Policy Public Safety System Maintenance System Management Cassidian View from the Top Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:11:00 +0000 32981 at http://urgentcomm.com Taller deployable towers could provide a 'light at the end of the fiber' for disaster response http://urgentcomm.com/blog/taller-deployable-towers-could-provide-light-end-fiber-disaster-response <div class="node-body blog-body">Development of deployable towers that are taller than 500 feet would be very useful in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, where the entire local communications infrastructure is unavailable. </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/taller-deployable-towers-could-provide-light-end-fiber-disaster-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/taller-deployable-towers-could-provide-light-end-fiber-disaster-response#comments Conventional Coverage & Interference Digital Disaster Response Disaster Response Interoperability P25 Spectrum/Frequency Coordination View from the Top Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:03:00 +0000 32651 at http://urgentcomm.com 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