News Briefs – Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Software platform promises interoperability
The Mission, Texas, Fire Department selected Codespear’s software platform for its radio interoperability initiatives and mission-critical communications. The platform is a redundant system that supports two-way interoperable communications, wide-area alerting and data sharing between multiple agencies by bridging different radio systems to wired and mobile phones, PCs, PDAs, pagers and digital radios, according to the company.
Adaptix introduce SDR-based line of base stations, mobile terminals
Adaptix launched the software defined radio architecture-based BX-3000 base-station line and SX series of mobile terminals, part of the company’s newest line of end-to-end networking products. The series lets users upgrade to MIMO and services based on OFDMA and beyond mobile WiMAX, according to the company. The SX series of mobile terminals are designed for fixed, portable or vehicular use, feature a dual-antenna array and support peak throughput of more than 10 Mbps.
University to join Wi-Fi Alliance
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory is the latest entity to join the Wi-Fi Alliance, which aims to work with market-leading companies to develop seamless connectivity between 802.11 devices and networks. The membership will let the laboratory conduct extensive wireless testing of current wireless communication technologies, the university said.
Radio Waves antennas go environmental
Radio Waves announced that all of its telecom antenna products are now compliant with the reduction of hazardous substance standard. According to the company, the standard was put into place to ensure products do not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and any other harmful chemicals.
SAFECOM encourages survey participation
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAFECOM program recently invited more than 22,000 randomly selected law-enforcement, fire and emergency-response organizations to participate in its National Interoperability Baseline Survey. Those chosen will receive a password and login ID and are encouraged to access and complete the survey online by clicking here.
Sybase introduces new mobile suite
Sybase unveiled its Sybase Information Anywhere Suite, a scalable mobile software platform offering wireless access to e-mail, device management, enterprise-to-edge security that lets workers access data and enterprise systems and applications. Companies can centrally manage and support devices, applications, data and communications using the suite, according to the company.
Market-leaders form alliance
Akridge, ADC, Sprint, LGC Wireless, Motorola and PRTM founded the In-Building Wireless Alliance, an organization dedicated to the advancement of wireless-enabled solutions inside buildings for increased coverage, productivity and safety. The organization’s goal is to bring to the forefront the need and value of reliable wireless coverage in office and high-rise buildings.
Governors association awards $25,000 grants
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has awarded six grants to help states electronically share public-safety information among law enforcement, courts and correctional systems. Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina and Wisconsin each will receive $25,000 for justice information sharing projects to be completed by Jan. 2007. The Department of Justice, the Office of Justice Programs and the Bureau of Justice Assistance funded the grant program.