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Listen to Urgent Communications' editors discuss news and trends in mobile communications technology, engineering, operations and governance with industry leaders and experts. The interviews are targeted to educate and entertain dealers, private radio and wireless systems operators and large volume commercial, industrial and public safety communications end-users on topics of current interest and professional development.

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Dec 08, 2017
Video

Tualatin Valley: Chief Mike Duyck discusses technology's impact on fire service

Chief Mike Duyck of Tualatin Valley (Ore.) Fire & Rescue, explains how technological improvements provide firefighters with data-driven tools that make them more effective, particularly by providing unprecedented situational awareness before and during an incident.
Dec 04, 2017
Audio

CritComm Insights: Ken Rehbehn discusses in-building coverage for public-safety communications

Ken Rehbehn, founder and principal analyst for CritComm Insights, highlights some of the technical, financial and policy challenges associated with efforts to provide in-building coverage to first responders utilizing private LMR systems and public-safety LTE networks like FirstNet.
Nov 13, 2017
Video

Verizon: David Wiederecht discusses public safety's need for reliable network, interoperable competition

David Wiederecht, director of Verizon’s public-safety solutions group, talks about the carrier’s network performance during recent disasters and potential first-responders benefits from competition among interoperable broadband offerings.
Nov 13, 2017
Video

AT&T: Doug Clark differentiates FirstNet from commercial broadband offerings

Doug Clark, AT&T’s assistant vice president for FirstNet outreach and consultation, explains how public-safety agencies subscribing to FirstNet—being built nationwide by AT&T—will receive services that differ from traditional commercial broadband offerings.
Sep 06, 2017
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Motorola Solutions: Kirk Miller and Wendell Robinson demonstrate potential hack of LMR system

Kirk Miller and Wendell Robinson of Motorola Solutions demonstrate how even an unsophisticated hacker can compromise an unprotected LMR network—particularly one that is interconnected with the other systems or the Internet—in an effort to raise awareness about the issue and the importance of securing systems.
Sep 01, 2017
Video

Safer Buildings Coalition: John Foley outlines in-building-coverage challenges for public safety

John Foley, vice president of operations for the Safer Buildings Coalition, discusses interference, FirstNet, economic and code issues associated with in-building coverage to support public-safety communications.
Aug 31, 2017
Video

Motorola Solutions: Eric Dahle describes capabilities of new dispatch console

Eric Dahle of Motorola Solutions highlights key features of the latest in the company's MCC 75000 series of dispatch consoles, which includes a significantly smaller form factor and the ability to support multiple Ethernet connections to enhance reliability.
Aug 27, 2017
Video

Motorola Solutions: Anatoly Delm highlights capabilities of LTE backpack

Anatoly Delm, Motorola Solutions’ director of global infrastructure marketing, describes the features of the LXN 500 LTE Ultra Portable Network Infrastructure, an LTE backpack that delivers eNodeB, evolved-packet-core (EPC) and application-server functionality in a 30-pound form factor that can be carried to difficult-to-cover locations.
Aug 18, 2017
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Motorola Solutions: Ben Ansell highlights features of body-worn video device, 360-degree in-car camera

Ben Ansell, Motorola Solutions’ global product marketing manager for public-safety devices, showcases two of the company’s video cameras: a multipurpose body-worn camera, and the Sr600, an in-car camera that generates 360-degree video at high resolutions.
Aug 18, 2017
Video

Broken Arrow, Okla: Mark Ketchum talks about P25 system, integration with LTE

Mark Ketchum, communications systems engineer for the city of Broken Arrow, Okla., discusses the work done to provide a regional P25 system and integration efforts with LTE. Ketchum contributed to the design of the Harris XL-200P, a portable radio that which supports communications across multiple LMR bands, LTE and Wi-Fi.

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