One rural California fire district plans to lower its future LMR capital costs about 60% by supplementing its VHF radio system with BeOn push-to-talk service from L3Harris delivered over FirstNet as part of a local public-private partnership that includes sharing tower sites, according to the fire chief spearheading the plan. Frank Frievalt, fire chief of […]
Fire chiefs through the western United States are being asked to propose budget cuts between 10% and 25% for their departments—often including EMS service—as local governments try to fund operations in the face of dramatic tax-revenue declines caused by stay-at-home measures designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. “We’re hearing that, broad-based across the West, […]
Catalyst Communications Technologies this week announced a new interoperability platform that is designed to link 3GPP-standard mission-critical-push-to-talk (MCPTT) services over LTE with a variety of land mobile radio (LMR) systems, including P25, DMR, NXDN and proprietary technologies, according to Catalyst President Robin Grier. “What we’re building is really a standards-based interworking solution for FirstNet and […]
Pryme CEO Dave George outlines his company’s new products such as Bluetooth accessories and provides his perspective on industry direction, including which use cases are proving most popular for push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) deployments.
Motorola Solutions recently announced CirrusCentral Management, a cloud-based network-management solution that lets authorized personnel monitor the performance of an ASTRO 25 system from remote locations, according to a company official. Paul Steinberg, senior vice president of technology for Motorola Solutions, said authorized network users can access the subscription-based CirrusCentral from a computer or smart device, […]
FirstNet PTT service—provided by AT&T and built on the 3GPP mission-critical-push-to-talk (MCPTT) standard—delivers the performance that public safety needs and can be an LMR alternative for some agencies, according to the captain of a New Jersey police department that conducted a beta trial of the new offering. “I think it’s really going to be a […]
Healthcare systems and other entities wanting P25 push-to-talk functionality using cellular devices as part of their response efforts to the COVID-19 crisis can utilize the L3Harris BeOn solution at no cost for at least a 90-day period, according to officials for the company. Danielle Marcella, vice president of strategy for the L3Harris public safety and […]
Amid the ever-evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 911 centers are seeing their roles expanded and altered in ways that would not have been contemplated in the past—and many of these changes may become the new normal, according to leaders of 911 centers speaking during a webinar last week. Tyrell Morris, executive director for the […]