Utilities and critical-infrastructure entities should embrace the notion of the Pacific DataVision (PDV) offering to provide broadband services to such users, if technical issues are addressed and the prioritization commitments are made. At this junction, these critical-infrastructure groups need as many broadband options as possible.
It has taken much longer than originally expected, but 800 MHz rebanding is almost complete in most of the United States 10 years after the FCC established a plan for the spectral reconfiguration of the band. Was it worth the effort?
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.
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 increasingly divergent pieces of spectrum that need to be accessed in a single device make device design all the more complicated. At the same time, the multitude of potentially interfering devices and systems has increased. Thus–even after 800 MHz rebanding–the potential for interference in a device has never been greater.
The end of yet another International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) is upon us — the 10th IWCE that I’ve attended. While the name of the show remains the same, both the show and the wireless industry it serves have undergone amazing transformations during this period.