Urgent Communications - Urgent Communications is the technology source for the communications technology industry. http://urgentcomm.com/rss.xml en AT&T officially announces FirstNet bid http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/att-officially-announces-firstnet-bid <div class="node-body article-body">AT&T announces that it has submitted a bid in response to the FirstNet request for proposals (RFP) to build and maintain the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), meaning at least three bidding teams are vying for the 25-year deal with FirstNet.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/att-officially-announces-firstnet-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/att-officially-announces-firstnet-bid#comments Long-Term Evolution Funding Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:30:00 +0000 47131 at http://urgentcomm.com FCC tech-transition ruling has no impact on utilities’ critical-communications data, UTC official says http://urgentcomm.com/utc/fcc-tech-transition-ruling-has-no-impact-utilities-critical-communications-data-utc-official-say <div class="node-body article-body">FCC commissioners voted to streamline the process that incumbent carriers must follow to stop offering voice services on their legacy wireline telephony networks, but the action does not changes the rules associated with retirement of copper-based data services used frequently by utilities, according an official with the Utilities Technology Council (UTC).</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/utc/fcc-tech-transition-ruling-has-no-impact-utilities-critical-communications-data-utc-official-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/utc/fcc-tech-transition-ruling-has-no-impact-utilities-critical-communications-data-utc-official-say#comments Land-Mobile Radio Policy Utility FCC UTC Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:22:00 +0000 47111 at http://urgentcomm.com Newscan: States take varied approaches to regulating body-camera footage http://urgentcomm.com/mobile/newscan-states-take-varied-approaches-regulating-body-camera-footage <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Web Roundup</strong><br /> <em>Items from other news organizations</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.govtech.com/States-Take-Varied-Approaches-to-Regulating-Body-Camera-Footage.html">States take varied approaches to regulating body-camera footage</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/07/11/faa-bill-aims-prevent-drones-flying-near-airports/86957022/">House passes bill limiting drone flight near airports, public safety</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/mobile/newscan-states-take-varied-approaches-regulating-body-camera-footage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/mobile/newscan-states-take-varied-approaches-regulating-body-camera-footage#comments Mobile Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:31:00 +0000 47101 at http://urgentcomm.com Utilities, SMR operators demonstrate early interest in NEXEDGE Gen2 platform from JVCKENWOOD USA http://urgentcomm.com/kenwood/utilities-smr-operators-demonstrate-early-interest-nexedge-gen2-platform-jvckenwood-usa <div class="node-body article-body">JVCKENWOOD USA has received favorable early reviews for its new NEXEDGE Gen2 offering that delivers significant scalability benefits, particularly from utility companies and specialized-mobile-radio (SMR) operators, according to an official for the company.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/kenwood/utilities-smr-operators-demonstrate-early-interest-nexedge-gen2-platform-jvckenwood-usa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/kenwood/utilities-smr-operators-demonstrate-early-interest-nexedge-gen2-platform-jvckenwood-usa#comments NXDN System Design System Operation Kenwood Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:01:00 +0000 47091 at http://urgentcomm.com Newscan: The Pokemon Go craze is creating a headache for police http://urgentcomm.com/law-enforcement/newscan-pokemon-go-craze-creating-headache-police <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Web Roundup</strong><br /> <em>Items from other news organizations</em></p> <p><a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/pokemon-police-dead-body-robbery-000000842.html">The Pokemon Go craze is creating a headache for police</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/15/12197276/nice-terror-attack-france-alert-app-facebook-safety-check">It took nearly three hours for France&rsquo;s terror-alert app to respond to Nice attack</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/law-enforcement/newscan-pokemon-go-craze-creating-headache-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/law-enforcement/newscan-pokemon-go-craze-creating-headache-police#comments Law Enforcement Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:50:00 +0000 47061 at http://urgentcomm.com FCC votes to open up almost 11 GHz of spectrum to support 5G deployments http://urgentcomm.com/fcc/fcc-votes-open-almost-11-ghz-spectrum-support-5g-deployments <div class="node-body article-body">FCC commissioners approve rules for wireless operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, spectrum that is expected to be leveraged significantly as 5G technologies are commercialized during the several years.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/fcc/fcc-votes-open-almost-11-ghz-spectrum-support-5g-deployments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/fcc/fcc-votes-open-almost-11-ghz-spectrum-support-5g-deployments#comments Long-Term Evolution Backhaul 3GPP Regulation System Design FCC Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:04:00 +0000 47051 at http://urgentcomm.com NTIA releases notice indicating review criteria of plans from states seeking to 'opt out' of FirstNet http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/ntia-releases-notice-indicating-review-criteria-plans-states-seeking-opt-out-firstnet <div class="node-body article-body">States wanting to “opt out” of FirstNet must submit a plan that is cost-effective, will be deployed in a timely manner, possibly bonded and interoperable with the nationwide system to get approval from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), according to a notice released today by the agency.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/ntia-releases-notice-indicating-review-criteria-plans-states-seeking-opt-out-firstnet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/ntia-releases-notice-indicating-review-criteria-plans-states-seeking-opt-out-firstnet#comments Funding Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government System Design NTIA/FirstNet Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:16:00 +0000 47041 at http://urgentcomm.com Newscan: Verizon planning to shut down 2G network http://urgentcomm.com/enterprise/newscan-verizon-planning-shut-down-2g-network <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Web Roundup</strong><br /> <em>Items from other news organizations</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.rcrwireless.com/20160714/carriers/verizon-planning-shut-2g-network-tag17">Verizon planning to shut down 2G network</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/13/12171974/att-cell-drones-flying-cows">AT&amp;T wants drones to provide cell coverage at concerts</a></p> <p><a href="http://industrialiot5g.com/20160714/5g/att-ceo-interview-5g-iot-tag31">AT&amp;T CEO discusses 5G, Internet of Things plans</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/enterprise/newscan-verizon-planning-shut-down-2g-network" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/enterprise/newscan-verizon-planning-shut-down-2g-network#comments Enterprise Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:47:00 +0000 47001 at http://urgentcomm.com Congress needs to offer a bigger carrot, if it wants a potential 911-funding stick to have any meaning http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning <div class="node-body blog-body">Congress discusses need to halt state practice of "raiding" 911 fees and using the money for other budgetary purposes. Threatening to withhold federal funds could stop this, but only if the federal government begins providing substantial 911 monies.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/congress-needs-offer-bigger-carrot-if-it-wants-potential-911-funding-stick-have-any-meaning#comments Funding Legislation Urgent Matters Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:49:00 +0000 46981 at http://urgentcomm.com FCC commissioners call for help from Congress to make next-gen 911 deployments a reality http://urgentcomm.com/ng-911/fcc-commissioners-call-help-congress-make-next-gen-911-deployments-reality <div class="node-body article-body">FCC commissioners testifying before a House subcommittee asked lawmakers for initiatives to accelerate the deployment of next-generation 911 (NG911) nationwide and to prevent the use of 911 funds for other purposes—a practice described as a “scam” and “deceptive advertising” during Tuesday’s hearing. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/ng-911/fcc-commissioners-call-help-congress-make-next-gen-911-deployments-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/ng-911/fcc-commissioners-call-help-congress-make-next-gen-911-deployments-reality#comments Funding NG-911 Policy PSAP State & Local Government FCC Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:04:00 +0000 46971 at http://urgentcomm.com Newscan: North Carolina officially bars police-cam footage from public view http://urgentcomm.com/policy/newscan-north-carolina-officially-bars-police-cam-footage-public-view <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Web Roundup</strong><br /> <em>Items from other news organizations</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.citylab.com/crime/2016/07/north-carolina-officially-bars-police-cam-footage-from-public-view/490910/">North Carolina officially bars police-cam footage from public view</a></p> <p><a href="https://schrier.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/dallas-a-problem-technology-and-firstnet-cant-fix/">Bill Schrier blog: The Dallas divide: A problem technology and FirstNet can&rsquo;t fix</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/policy/newscan-north-carolina-officially-bars-police-cam-footage-public-view" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/policy/newscan-north-carolina-officially-bars-police-cam-footage-public-view#comments Policy Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:07:00 +0000 46961 at http://urgentcomm.com ‘Bomb robot’ usage in Dallas underscores importance of mission-critical data, not just voice http://urgentcomm.com/blog/bomb-robot-usage-dallas-underscores-importance-mission-critical-data-not-just-voice <div class="node-body blog-body">Mission-critical voice is a fundamental tool for public safety, but data often has been considered somewhat less vital to first-responder operations. But the use of remote-controlled "bomb robot" in Dallas to deliver lethal force to the suspected gunman should cause many to reconsider any perceptions about the need for mission-critical data connectivity during times of crisis.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/bomb-robot-usage-dallas-underscores-importance-mission-critical-data-not-just-voice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/bomb-robot-usage-dallas-underscores-importance-mission-critical-data-not-just-voice#comments Long-Term Evolution In-Building Coverage & Interference Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Security System Design Urgent Matters Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:19:00 +0000 46941 at http://urgentcomm.com NetMotion Wireless releases Mobility 11, which can double data throughput http://urgentcomm.com/netmotion/netmotion-wireless-releases-mobility-11-which-can-double-data-throughput <div class="node-body article-body">NetMotion Wireless announces the release of Mobility 11, the latest version of the company’s mobile VPN solution that offers up to double the data throughput of its previous version and significantly enhances server scalability, according to a company official.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/netmotion/netmotion-wireless-releases-mobility-11-which-can-double-data-throughput" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/netmotion/netmotion-wireless-releases-mobility-11-which-can-double-data-throughput#comments Critical Infrastructure Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet System Operation Test and Measurement NetMotion Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:17:00 +0000 46931 at http://urgentcomm.com IWCE’s Critical LTE Communications Forum http://urgentcomm.com/iwce-s-critical-lte-communications-forum <div class="node-body event-body"></div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">McCormick Place</span> <div class="street-address"> 2301 S King Dr, </div> <span class="locality">Chicago</span>, <span class="region">IL</span> <span class="postal-code">60616</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="41.851229">41° 51' 4.4244" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-87.617034">87° 37' 1.3224" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=41.851229+-87.617034+%282301+S+King+Dr%2C%2C+Chicago%2C+IL%2C+60616%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> http://urgentcomm.com/iwce-s-critical-lte-communications-forum#comments 41.851229 -87.617034 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 18:14:00 +0000 46921 at http://urgentcomm.com IoT Emerge http://urgentcomm.com/iot-emerge <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Produced by the IoT Institute, join us at IoT Emerge in Chicago for keynotes, sessions, workshops, live demonstrations, hands-on training, peer-to-peer networking and more focused on Industrial IoT, Smart Cities and IoT Engineering.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">McCormick Place</span> <div class="street-address"> 2301 S King Dr, </div> <span class="locality">Chicago</span>, <span class="region">IL</span> <span class="postal-code">60616</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="41.851229">41° 51' 4.4244" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-87.617034">87° 37' 1.3224" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=41.851229+-87.617034+%282301+S+King+Dr%2C%2C+Chicago%2C+IL%2C+60616%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>Produced by the IoT Institute, join us at IoT Emerge in Chicago for keynotes, sessions, workshops, live demonstrations, hands-on training, peer-to-peer networking and more focused on Industrial IoT, Smart Cities and IoT Engineering. IoT Emerge provides insight into how IoT innovators are reorienting their thinking and successfully addressing organizational readiness, leveraging data analytics, instituting security best practices, architecting dynamic infrastructure, and developing sensor-based networks.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/iot-emerge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/iot-emerge#comments 41.851229 -87.617034 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:47:00 +0000 46911 at http://urgentcomm.com IWCE 2017 http://urgentcomm.com/iwce-2017 <div class="node-body event-body">It’s our 40th anniversary! Taking place March 27-31, 2017 in Las Vegas, IWCE is a venue where people can make the human connections they need to be successful, whether it is connecting to a future client, boss, employee or business partner. It is also where people can connect to information about a technology, product or policy that is crucial to success. See innovation at its best and join us for the premier event for communications technology.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Las Vegas Convention Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 3150 Paradise Road </div> <span class="locality">Las Vegas</span>, <span class="region">NV</span> <span class="postal-code">89109</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.132541">36° 7' 57.1476" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-115.155330">115° 9' 19.188" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.132541+-115.155330+%283150+Paradise+Road%2C+Las+Vegas%2C+NV%2C+89109%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>IWCE brings together everything you need in one place. See the latest products from over 400 exhibitors, expand your knowledge with our five-day conference program and network with over 7,000 of your peers from a diverse group of industry professionals including government, public safety, utility, transportation and business enterprise.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/iwce-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/iwce-2017#comments 36.132541 -115.155330 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:47:00 +0000 46901 at http://urgentcomm.com Coordinating cybersecurity efforts between 911 and FirstNet promises to be critical for public safety http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coordinating-cybersecurity-efforts-between-911-and-firstnet-promises-be-critical-public-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">Cybersecurity promises to be a major challenge for public safety as it migrates to IP-based FirstNet and next-generation 911 technologies. Given the constant future need to transport sensitive information between the two networks on constant basis, developing a coordinated cybersecurity strategy for 911, FirstNet and the important interface between the systems is critical.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coordinating-cybersecurity-efforts-between-911-and-firstnet-promises-be-critical-public-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coordinating-cybersecurity-efforts-between-911-and-firstnet-promises-be-critical-public-safety#comments Dispatch Cybersecurity NG-911 Policy Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regional Coordination Security Urgent Matters Thu, 07 Jul 2016 21:23:00 +0000 46851 at http://urgentcomm.com Coming soon to a computer near you: Free educational opportunities from IWCE http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coming-soon-computer-near-you-free-educational-opportunities-iwce <div class="node-body blog-body">IWCE has nine awesome educational opportunities for you to stay up-to-date on the ever-changing world of communications technology—and they are all free.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coming-soon-computer-near-you-free-educational-opportunities-iwce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/coming-soon-computer-near-you-free-educational-opportunities-iwce#comments All Things IWCE Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:02:00 +0000 46841 at http://urgentcomm.com Newscan: Welcome to the Internet of Things, where security is lax or nonexistent http://urgentcomm.com/cybersecurity/newscan-welcome-internet-things-where-security-lax-or-nonexistent <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Web Roundup</strong><br /> <em>Items from other news organizations</em></p> <p><a href="http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/06/large-botnet-of-cctv-devices-knock-the-snot-out-of-jewelry-website/">Welcome to the Internet of Things, where security is lax or nonexistent</a></p> <p><a href="http://motherboard.vice.com/read/in-the-future-hackers-will-build-zombie-armies-from-internet-connected-toasters">In the future, hackers will be cyberarmies of Internet-connected toasters</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/cybersecurity/newscan-welcome-internet-things-where-security-lax-or-nonexistent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/cybersecurity/newscan-welcome-internet-things-where-security-lax-or-nonexistent#comments Cybersecurity Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:04:00 +0000 46831 at http://urgentcomm.com JVCKENWOOD USA provides its first DMR offerings in the U.S. http://urgentcomm.com/kenwood/jvckenwood-usa-provides-its-first-dmr-offerings-us <div class="node-body article-body">Radio manufacturer JVCKENWOOD USA unveiled its first DMR Tier II repeaters in the U.S. earlier this year, and the interest in the products from the enterprise market has met expectations, according to a company official. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/kenwood/jvckenwood-usa-provides-its-first-dmr-offerings-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/kenwood/jvckenwood-usa-provides-its-first-dmr-offerings-us#comments Coverage & Interference DMR Enterprise NXDN Kenwood Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:16:00 +0000 46821 at http://urgentcomm.com JPS Interoperability Solutions names Arthur Powers as vice president and general counsel http://urgentcomm.com/interoperability/jps-interoperability-solutions-names-arthur-powers-vice-president-and-general-couns <div class="node-body article-body"><p>RALEIGH, N.C., July 7, 2016 &ndash; JPS Interoperability Solutions has appointed Arthur Powers as vice president and general counsel. Prior to joining JPS, Powers served as vice president for JPS Communications, general counsel for Raytheon Company in Brazil, as director of Brazil based programs for Catholic Relief Services and USAID and as an international lawyer with Baker &amp; McKenzie.</p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/interoperability/jps-interoperability-solutions-names-arthur-powers-vice-president-and-general-couns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/interoperability/jps-interoperability-solutions-names-arthur-powers-vice-president-and-general-couns#comments Interoperability Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:41:00 +0000 46811 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet must balance transparency, security goals during upcoming talks with state, public-safety officials http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-must-balance-transparency-security-goals-during-upcoming-talks-state-public-safety-off <div class="node-body blog-body">FirstNet officials have promised considerable outreach to states and public safety as deployment plans for each state and territory are finalized and distributed. But balancing the desire for transparency and the need for security during these processes could prove challenging.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-must-balance-transparency-security-goals-during-upcoming-talks-state-public-safety-off" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/firstnet-must-balance-transparency-security-goals-during-upcoming-talks-state-public-safety-off#comments Cybersecurity Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet State & Local Government NTIA/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:21:00 +0000 46791 at http://urgentcomm.com iCERT: Ellen O'Hara, Alice Johnson outline key findings of PSAP-consolidation report http://urgentcomm.com/psap/icert-ellen-ohara-alice-johnson-outline-key-findings-psap-consolidation-report <div class="field-podcast-source"> <a href="/urgent-communications-podcast">The Urgent Communications Podcast</a> </div> <div class="node-body audio-body">Ellen O'Hara (left), chairman of the board for Zetron and a member of the iCERT board of directors, and Alice Johnson, Zetron's product manager for MAX call taking, discuss some of the the benefits and challenges that public-safety answering points (PSAPs) face as they pursue various consolidation and resource-sharing strategies.</div> <div class="field-image-promo"> <a href="/psap/icert-ellen-ohara-alice-johnson-outline-key-findings-psap-consolidation-report" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop imagecache-linked imagecache-med_crop_linked"><img alt="" src="http://urgentcomm.com/site-files/urgentcomm.com/files/imagecache/med_crop/uploads/2016/07/ellen-and-alice.jpg" title="" height="200" width="355" class="imagecache imagecache-med_crop" /></a> </div> <div class="field-audio-file"> <span>Audio File:&nbsp;</span> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-audio-mpeg" alt="audio/mpeg icon" src="http://urgentcomm.com/sites/all/modules/contrib/filefield/icons/audio-x-generic.png" /><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/site-files/urgentcomm.com/files/podcast/audio/Ellen O&#039;Hara and Alice Johnson.MP3" type="audio/mpeg; length=14712862">Ellen O&#039;Hara and Alice Johnson.MP3</a></div> </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/psap/icert-ellen-ohara-alice-johnson-outline-key-findings-psap-consolidation-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/psap/icert-ellen-ohara-alice-johnson-outline-key-findings-psap-consolidation-report#comments PSAP Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:52:00 +0000 46781 at http://urgentcomm.com <p><span>Ellen O&#39;Hara (left), chairman of the board for&nbsp;</span>Zetron<span>&nbsp;and a member of the&nbsp;</span>iCERT<span>&nbsp;board of directors, and Alice Johnson,&nbsp;</span>Zetron&#39;s<span>&nbsp;product manager for MAX call taking, discuss some of the the benefits and challenges&nbsp;that public-safety answering points (</span>PSAPs<span>) face as they pursue various consolidation and resource-sharing strategies.</span></p> Newscan: Inside Alphabet’s money-spinning, terrorist-foiling, gigabit Wi-Fi kiosks http://urgentcomm.com/incident-commandsituational-awareness/newscan-inside-alphabet-s-money-spinning-terrorist-foiling-gig <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Web Roundup</strong><br /> <em>Items from other news organizations</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.recode.net/2016/7/1/12072122/alphabet-sidewalk-labs-city-wifi-sidewalk-kiosks">Inside Alphabet&rsquo;s money-spinning, terrorist-foiling, gigabit Wi-Fi kiosks</a></p> <p><a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/285943-action-needed-to-advance-the-next-generation-911">Op-ed: Action needed to advance next-generation 911</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/incident-commandsituational-awareness/newscan-inside-alphabet-s-money-spinning-terrorist-foiling-gig" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/incident-commandsituational-awareness/newscan-inside-alphabet-s-money-spinning-terrorist-foiling-gig#comments Incident Command/Situational Awareness Tue, 05 Jul 2016 15:17:00 +0000 46771 at http://urgentcomm.com UK entity completes investigation, clears Motorola Solutions’ deal for Airwave TETRA system http://urgentcomm.com/motorola-solutions/uk-entity-completes-investigation-clears-motorola-solutions-deal-airwave-tetra-sy <div class="node-body article-body">Motorola Solutions’ purchase of Airwave Solutions and its massive TETRA network was cleared from investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom (UK), which launched the inquiry shortly after Motorola Solution paid more than $1 billion for Airwave. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/motorola-solutions/uk-entity-completes-investigation-clears-motorola-solutions-deal-airwave-tetra-sy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/motorola-solutions/uk-entity-completes-investigation-clears-motorola-solutions-deal-airwave-tetra-sy#comments Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Regulation TETRA Motorola Solutions Mon, 04 Jul 2016 18:39:00 +0000 46731 at http://urgentcomm.com Newscan: Incentive auction: Broadcaster exit price is $86.4 billion http://urgentcomm.com/fcc/newscan-incentive-auction-broadcaster-exit-price-864-billion <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Web Roundup</strong><br /> <em>Items from other news organizations</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/spectrum-auction-broadcaster-exit-price-86422558704/157676">Incentive auction: Broadcaster exit price is $86.4 billion</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-29/broadcasters-pledged-86-4-billion-by-u-s-for-airwaves-sale">Auction pledge to broadcasters may be too high for wireless</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/fcc/newscan-incentive-auction-broadcaster-exit-price-864-billion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/fcc/newscan-incentive-auction-broadcaster-exit-price-864-billion#comments FCC Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:47:00 +0000 46711 at http://urgentcomm.com FirstNet announces new staff positions as organization prepares for post-award challenges http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-announces-new-staff-positions-organization-prepares-post-award-challenges <div class="node-body article-body">FirstNet takes steps to begin the transition from a startup organization focused on the procurement process to build a nationwide public-safety broadband network to one that is prepared to deliver services to first-responder customers, including the establishment of two new units.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-announces-new-staff-positions-organization-prepares-post-award-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/firstnet-announces-new-staff-positions-organization-prepares-post-award-challenges#comments Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:29:00 +0000 46701 at http://urgentcomm.com Poth indicates that FirstNet will have final say whether to execute contractor award http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/poth-indicates-firstnet-will-have-final-say-whether-execute-contractor-award <div class="node-body article-body">An evaluation team is in the process of selecting the best proposal to build the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network, but FirstNet ultimately will decide whether to execute a contract with the selected offeror team, FirstNet CEO Mike Poth said during today’s open board meeting. </div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/poth-indicates-firstnet-will-have-final-say-whether-execute-contractor-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/ntiafirstnet/poth-indicates-firstnet-will-have-final-say-whether-execute-contractor-award#comments Policy Public Safety Public Safety Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet NTIA/FirstNet Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:45:00 +0000 46691 at http://urgentcomm.com Newscan: When you dial 911 and Wall Street answers http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety/newscan-when-you-dial-911-and-wall-street-answers <div class="node-body article-body"><p><strong>Web Roundup</strong><br /> <em>Items from other news organizations</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/business/dealbook/when-you-dial-911-and-wall-street-answers.html">When you dial 911 and Wall Street answers</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-laptop-tech-combines-gps-bluetooth-wi-fi-4g-lte-onto-single-antenna/">New laptop tech combines GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE onto single antenna</a></p></div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety/newscan-when-you-dial-911-and-wall-street-answers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/public-safety/newscan-when-you-dial-911-and-wall-street-answers#comments Public Safety Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:51:00 +0000 46671 at http://urgentcomm.com Big-picture question about FirstNet’s commercial role bubbles to the surface http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface <div class="node-body blog-body">After years of asking FirstNet officials whether it will build a nationwide public-safety network, federal lawmakers last week asked whether the FIrstNet system would compete with existing commercial telecom providers. Yes, it will—just as Congress ordered when it established FirstNet more than four years ago.</div> <p><a href="http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://urgentcomm.com/blog/big-picture-question-about-firstnet-s-commercial-role-bubbles-surface#comments Public Safety Broadband/FirstNet Urgent Matters Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:14:00 +0000 46661 at http://urgentcomm.com