Mike Miller, president and CEO of Marshalltown, Iowa-based RACOM Critical Communications, talks with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson about trends he is seeing in the industry, including an increase in next-gen 911 business, the benefits of IP-trained staff and consolidation opportunities for dealers.
No one should be surprised that the FCC has announced that effective April 1, 2014, they will no longer accept license renewal applications in the 150-470 MHz bands that specify a non-compliant wideband emission designator, an indication that the system in operation exceeds the maximum acceptable channel bandwidth of 12.5 kHz. What is surprising is that this Commission advisory announcement was issued at such a late date (the narrowbanding deadline was January 1, 2013!) and that there would be any licensees left out there that don’t know any better that would even attempt to ren
Last year was a particularly eventful year in the communications-technology sector, and we expect 2014 to be just as eventful. Recently, we dusted off our crystal ball to see whether we could get a glimpse of the stories that will be the most noteworthy and/or interesting this year.
Currently, mission-critical voice operation on LTE networks is unavailable and substantial research and development is required before such operation could be provided over LTE networks. Consequently, public-safety agencies must continue to plan and deploy separate narrowband voice communications networks–and P25 Phase II TDMA technology is a solid choice because of its interoperability and narrowbanding capabilities.
The Multi Agency Communications Center (MACC), which is a consolidated public-safety answering point (PSAP) that serves Grant County, Wash., had to consider several factors before finding the right migration technology to supplant its legacy analog network.
The vast majority of the respondents to our recent poll question say that service shops should follow the letter of the law, even if it means losing a customer, if they are asked to work on radio equipment that does not comply with the FCC’s narrowbanding rules.