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  • Nov 10, 2016
    Commentary

    How smartphone alerts can increase Americans’ safety abroad during times of uncertainty

    Despite efforts to improve the ability of the U.S. government to be able to communicate with Americans traveling abroad, the chances of success are haphazard, at best—a situation that could result in the unnecessary loss of American lives. Technology offers a way to increase significantly the chance for the U.S. government to provide important emergency information to these Americans on foreign soil....More
  • Nov 9, 2016
    Video
    Urgent Communications

    Potomac Spectrum Partners: Bruce Scapier outlines how TASSTA enables interoperable LMR, smartphone nets

    Bruce Scapier, president and managing member of Potomac Spectrum Partners, explains how the interoperability solution from partner TASSTA will be leveraged to make the company's proposed TETRA system beneficial to non-TETRA users in the United States, including those who have other LMR devices and smartphones. TASSTA is one of three integral partners in the Potomac Spectrum Partners initiative, with the others being TETRA technology partner PowerTrunk and Space Data, which deploys near-space balloons that act as "towers in the sky" to maximize the coverage footprint....More
  • Nov 4, 2016
    Video
    Urgent Communications

    Harris: Michelle Johnson describes work being done at company's LTE Center of Excellence

    Michelle Johnson, director of LTE products and strategic partnerships for Harris, highlights the research-and-development work being conducted at the company’s LTE Center of Excellence during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the Critical LTE Communications Forum in Chicago....More
  • Oct 25, 2016
    Commentary

    Latest DDoS attack exposes significant security vulnerability associated with some IoT devices 1

    Last Friday's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that caused significant web-site outages throughout the U.S. should be a wakeup call to the tech industry, as lackluster security on many Internet of Things (IoT) devices is being cited as a key reason the attack was possible....More
  • Oct 20, 2016
    Commentary

    What the elimination of pdvWireless may indicate about the timing of the overall FirstNet project

    Just two weeks before FirstNet's target date of Nov. 1 to announce the winning contractor, pdvWireless disclosed that its bidding team is no longer in contention. A review of federal procurement rules reveals that the notification also may indicate that Nov. 1 is not a realistic date to unveil the contractor—and that's OK, as long as the procurement is executed properly....More

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