• May 2, 2016

    PSCR: Dereck Orr highlights features of annual stakeholders meeting in June

    Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Manager Dereck Orr outlines hot topics and new features that will be included in the organization’s annual stakeholder meeting, which will be conducted June 7-9 in San Diego....More
  • Jul 20, 2015

    PSCR: Dereck Orr highlights job opportunities for PSCR, new Communication Technology Laboratories (CTL)

    Dereck Orr, division chief for the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program, details plans for his organization to hire about 15 people during the next year to conduct research work in new focus areas—for instance, analytics and location-based services—as well as LMR and LTE communications. PSCR is located in Boulder, Colo., as is the new Communication Technology Laboratory (CTL) and the FirstNet technical team....More
  • Jul 10, 2015

    PSCR: Dereck Orr discusses organization's new initiatives in wake of $300 million of new funding

    Dereck Orr, division chief for the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program, talks about his organization's new initiatives—two of which involve mission-critical voice over LTE and LMR-LTE interoperability—that are being funded by $300 million in proceeds from the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction....More
  • Jul 2, 2015
    Urgent Communications

    TCS: Erik Wallace outlines risk-based cybersecurity strategy for public safety

    Erik Wallace, director of commercial cyber services for the cyber intelligence group at TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), explains how public safety can benefit from the risk-based cybersecurity framework established by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the NENA 2015 Conference & Expo in Denver....More
  • Feb 19, 2015

    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 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....More
  • Dec 12, 2014

    With IG report in rearview mirror, it's time to let FirstNet pursue its plans 2

    With this week's release of the Inspector General report, Congress should resist the temptation to take punitive action against FirstNet. Instead, lawmakers should ensure that the problems cited in the IG report have been resolved and let FirstNet proceed on its current roadmap for deploying a much-needed nationwide broadband network for first responders....More
  • Oct 7, 2014

    FirstNet is not a master of its own fate 5

    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....More
  • Aug 26, 2014

    Should FirstNet system be designed from the inside out? 3

    Most discussions about the design of the much-anticipated FirstNet system focus on the outdoor macro network, but the fact is that the availability of in-building coverage via DAS or other small-cell technologies could impact the number of macro sites that need to be deployed....More

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