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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.

To suggest a podcast topic or interview subject, e-mail Editor Donny Jackson with a summary of your idea and include your contact information.

Nov 09, 2016
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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.
Nov 04, 2016
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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.
Nov 03, 2016
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Hytera: Andy Zhao outlines company's technology roadmap for LTE, other next-generation products

Hytera President Andy Zhao unveils the company's plans to introduce LTE-DMR and LTE-TETRA user devices next spring and LTE infrastructure equipment later in 2017. In addition, Hytera's technology roadmap calls for the company to develop solutions to serve the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) market, Zhao told IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during IWCE's Critical LTE Communications Forum in Chicago.
Oct 14, 2016
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DHS: Milt Nenneman highlights features of new EDGE virtual training platform

Milt Nenneman, project manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology directorate, describes the new Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) virtual training platform, which will be available to public-safety agencies beginning next week. The online training system will be free to first-responder agencies and will be demonstrated in booth #2614 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) show, wihich will be Oct. 15-18 in San Diego.
Oct 11, 2016
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IWCE: Tim Downs highlights key features of Critical LTE Communications Forum on Nov. 2-3 in Chicago

Tim Downs, conference director for the Critical LTE Communications Forum, discusses key issues—from LMR-to-LTE migration to user applications—that will be discussed during educational sessions during the event. The Critical LTE Communications Forum will be conducted on Nov. 2-3 at the McCormick Center in Chicago. For more information and to register, visit http://www.criticalltecommunications.net/.
Sep 21, 2016
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EWA: Sarah Beerbower outlines highlights of Wireless Leadership Summit on Oct. 5-7

Sarah Beerbower, executive director of marketing and membership for the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA), identifies some of the sessions, exhibit-hall and networking opportunities that attendees can expect to find at the upcoming Wireless Leadership Summit, which is presented by EWA and the Technology Resource Network.
Sep 13, 2016
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Motorola Solutions: Diane Tonielli demonstrates portal features that display health of comm networks

Diane Tonielli, product manager for Motorola Solutions, demonstrates how the company’s managed-services offering inform network operators about the health of their communications systems.
Sep 08, 2016
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Motorola Solutions: Randy Long describes benefits of SchoolSAFE solution

Randy Long of SchoolSAFE Communications describes how the dealer-developed solution supports daily communications on educational campuses, as well as interoperability with public-safety personnel during times of emergency.
Sep 06, 2016
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Motorola Solutions: Dean Picha demonstrates how enhanced-geofencing capability can aid response effort

Dean Picha, an engineer at Motorola Solutions, demonstrates how enhanced geofencing—new fuctionality available on the company's ASTRO 25 systems—allows for quicker updates to responders' radios as they approach an incident scene.
Sep 06, 2016
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Harris/Rivada: Umesh Bhavsar explains how quality-of-service capabilities could work on FirstNet

Umesh Bhavsar, a senior product manager at Harris RF Communications—a partner on the Rivada Mercury team that is bidding for the nationwide FirstNet contract—describes how quality of service for first responders can be altered dynamically by public-safety policies and potentially controlled by public-safety personnel to meet the specific bandwidth needs associated with a response.

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