Wireless coverage inside buildings and other structures is critical for both the general public that increasingly uses wireless devices to call 911 and the public-safety personnel responding to the call for help. While the needs are clear, determining who should pay for indoor coverage is a much more difficult debate, according to panelists at APCO 2014 in New Orleans.
Dali Wireless, a provider of the Digital CPRI Smart DAS (distributed antenna system), announces the release of its t-Series Public Safety solution, an all-digital platform designed to enhance in-building coverage and network access to public-safety and emergency-response personnel.
FirstNet board members approve a three-year spectrum-management-lease agreement (SMLA) with the state of Texas, providing some spectral stability to the public-safety LTE network deployed in Harris County, Texas—the first such operational network to be established in the United States.
FirstNet Acting General Manager TJ Kennedy noted advances made within FirstNet and the public-safety-communications industry during his presentation at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) conference in New Orleans.
Although next-gen 911 and FirstNet are perceived as complementary initiatives within the public-safety community, federal-funding support for FirstNet dwarfs the funding for next-gen 911—a situation that needs to change, according to panelists at APCO 2014 in New Orleans.
Michael Ogata, a computer scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), talks about a recent NIST white paper regarding public-safety requirements for mobile applications and the kind of feedback being sought. The public comment period ends Sept. 13.
Nokia Networks and Harris collaborate on a deployable LTE solution that is designed for rapid deployment in areas with little or no coverage, where there has been a network outage, or where additional capacity is needed during a special event.