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What’s the right infrastructure for public-safety DAS?

When deploying a distributed antenna system (DAS) to provide in-building coverage, some vendors recommend a separate overlay for the public-safety....More

Vendors should put first responders before profits, encourage ISSI deployments

If agencies could enable intersystem interoperability via ISSI at will, radio systems would be chosen on their merits, instead of being forced by....More

FCC E911 location ruling the first step in journey to improved emergency-response times1

By John Vetter, Sunsight Instruments The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should be commended for its recent unanimous ruling in favor of....More
Apr 15, 2015

Tiger Teams and the FCC Enforcement Bureau10

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—....More

The impossible may take some time

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,....More

Three two-way-radio licensing myths … busted3

Some things you might have heard about frequency coordination may not be true....More

Public-safety agencies should get ready for carrier-provided P25 managed services7

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....More

Expect the unexpected: PSAP planning for atypical events is challenging, but necessary

How can a public-safety answering point (PSAP) prepare for events that happen so infrequently they barely register on the radar screen or fall....More

Congressional hearing on FirstNet offers fresh insight into potential opportunities, challenges for commercial partners2

Carriers, vendors, owners of network infrastructure, and other entities that wish to partner with FirstNet should keep in mind some of the key....More

How to make multi-agency collaboration a reality in a FirstNet world

A fundamental goal of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is to enable multimedia communication and collaboration between all first-....More

FCC takes initial steps to unlock AWS-3 spectrum auction revenue for public-safety initiatives

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....More

Critical infrastructure demanding more from communications technology

Critical-infrastructure industries are emerging as the biggest adopters of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, connecting more people, devices....More

Body-worn cameras for law enforcement: A really big deal and really, really Big Data2

Author Edmond Vea outlines some of the capabilities and technical challenges associated with use of body-worn cameras by law-enforcement officers,....More

Why carrier-hosted P25 as a Service provides a roadmap for greater agency participation

Public-safety agencies have been reluctant to adopt shared P25 service offerings due to undesirable governance policies, but carrier-hosted P25 as a....More

Taller deployable towers could provide a 'light at the end of the fiber' for disaster response

Development of deployable towers that are taller than 500 feet would be very useful in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, where....More
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