A joint brief from the city of Boston and the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (BayRICS) asks a federal court to decide the protest lawsuit of the FirstNet procurement quickly, so deployment of the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network can begin as soon as possible.
LMR and 911 solutions provider Airbus DS Communications remains on the selling block more than two years after its international parent firm—Airbus Group—announced plans to divest itself of Airbus DS Communications and other global public-safety-communications assets in the fall of 2014, according to a company official.
“I have no update on the sale of the company,” Airbus DS Communications CEO Bob Freinberg said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications.
Potomac Spectrum Partners (PSP) orders TETRA equipment and engineering expertise for U.S. network deployments from PowerTrunk, which is awaiting word whether its parent company Sepura will be bought by fellow LMR manufacturer Hytera Communications.
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.
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.
JVCKENWOOD USA this week announced that support for DMR Tier II has been added to its NX-5000 Series mobile and portable radios, which the are the industry’s first radios capable of operating in three digital protocols—NXDN, P25 Phase I and Phase II, and DMR Tier II—according to the company.
Potomac Spectrum Partners (PSP), a private company based in Maryland, announces that is teaming with partners TASSTA, PowerTrunk (part of the Sepura Group) and Space Data to develop a nationwide TETRA network for mission-critical voice, data and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
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.
Michael Newburn, wireless manager for Fairfax County, Va., outlines the reasoning behind the decision to replace an aging analog LMR system for general government employees with an enhanced push-to-talk (PTT) service. The decision saved the county more than $16 million in upfront costs and more than $2 million annually.