Briefs: NPSTC seeks input on T-Band migration
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council has developed a questionnaire regarding the federal legislation passed earlier this year that requires public safety users to vacate the T-Band (470 MHz — 512 MHz). The responses will be gathered into a report that assesses the potential impact of this requirement, and that report will be shared with Congress and the FCC. Click here to access the questionnaire. Questions can be directed to Barry Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to respond to the questionnaire is Sept. 20.
Enterprise Wireless Alliance weighs in on licensee's proposed T-Band frequency swap
In other T-Band-related news, the Enterprise Wireless Alliance filed comments with the FCC supporting the Township of Woodbridge, N.J., in its effort to swap seven Channel 20 frequencies that it is authorized to use for seven Channel 19 frequencies. The EWA said that, because T Band licenses do not have to vacate the band for another nine years, and because the swap is "an entirely neutral situation" that does not alter the township's spectrum footprint, the commission's freeze on licensing activities in the band should not apply. Click here to read the EWA's complete statement.
Zetron announces new interfaces to Sprint's Direct Connect
Zetron announced two new interfaces that connect its Max Dispatch and Series 4000 systems to Sprint's Direct Connect service. The interfaces also support Sprint's existing iDEN network; Zetron said that this is designed to ease the transition for agencies that must migrate to Direct Connect when Sprint decommissions iDEN — an action scheduled for mid-2013.
Nice Systems unveils new version of Inform solution
Nice Systems formally unveiled the latest version of its Nice Inform incident management solution, which now allows public-safety answering points (PSAPs) to integrate text, voice and video captured from third-party platforms with incident timelines to create more accurate event reconstructions. This will aid post-incident investigations and debriefings, the company said. Examples of third-party information that can be leveraged by the solution include video captured by citizens using smartphones and tablet computers, as well as video taken by bank and transit surveillance systems.
Anritsu upgrades MT8820C radio communication analyzer software
Anritsu announced software upgrades to its MT8820C radio communication analyzer, which now can be used to test LTE FDD Band 22 and LTE TDD Band 42/43 LTE smartphones and mobile terminals. The device is flexible, in that other hardware and software can be installed to enable testing of subscriber devices that operate in a range of cellular platforms, including W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000/EVDO, TD-SCDMA, GSM and PHS (personal handy-phone system, which is used primarily in China, Japan and Taiwan), according to the company.