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Honeywell expands its in-building communications portfolio

Honeywell said that the new offering also enhances in-building radio frequency for first responders Honeywell announced the launch of a communications system and bi-directional amplifiers (BDA) that cover the entire range of spectrum used by public safety, to support emergency radio connectivity for first responders. The...

Motorola and GlobalFoundries agreement safeguards chip supply for public safety radios

GlobalFoundries manufactures silicon-germanium chips for Motorola’s public safety, professional and commercial radios To safeguard the supply of chip solutions needed for its radios, Motorola Solutions has entered a long-term agreement with GlobalFoundries (GF), which manufactures silicon-germanium (SiGe) chips for Motorola’s public safety, professional and commercial...

Report: ‘Public sector edge computing has arrived’

The public sector is already relatively mature in its use of edge computing for use cases such as public safety, but there are significant cybersecurity concerns in play, according to a new report. The vertical-specific report by IDC was commissioned by AT&T and draws...

FirstNet focuses on in-building coverage

The FirstNet Authority Board has voted to use network reinvestment funds to expand coverage indoors, in a move that will allow its network partner, AT&T, to offer an indoor coverage extension service to FirstNet customers. FirstNet said that the approved network reinvestment is intended...

FirstNet CEO heads to the private sector

First Responders Network Authority CEO Edward Parkinson is leaving his role in two weeks, for a position in the private sector. The FirstNet Authority said that its deputy CEO, Lisa Casias, will step into the position of acting CEO as of May 10. FirstNet will...

Rosenworcel proposes funding NG911 through future auction proceeds

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed that proceeds from future auctions be dedicated to funding nationwide upgrades to Next-Generation 911 services. Rosenworcel made the remarks in a recent speech at the National Press Club celebrating the 10th anniversary of the First Responders...

AT&T wins $167 million, five-year FEMA contract

AT&T is becoming the provider for the "vast majority" of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s telecommunications services, according to the carrier, after being awarded four separate contracts. Those contracts, which fall under the General Services Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, are worth...

Verizon 5G armed and ready for the big game—Super Bowl LVI (Analyst Angle)

When the Super Bowl fever is gripping the country, and everybody is looking forward to the first major public sports event coming out of the Omicron wave, the timing couldn't have been better for Verizon to showcase its preparedness and 5G prowess. It opened...

Four predictions for the indoor location market

Being able to locate 911 callers on wireless devices faster is a life-or-death use case for more precise indoor location—but it isn't the only one. There are many potential commercial applications for being able to leverage better indoor location, whether that means using Wi-Fi,...

Nextivity White Paper: Technology Advances in Public Safety Communications

For first responders, reliable communication is essential to the safety of operations at incidents. In fact, it can be a matter of life or death. Unfortunately, emergency radio signals are poor inside many buildings, and often the legacy communications equipment meant to remedy the...

Three commercial markets ripe for 5G driven digital transformation (Reader Forum)

The consumer smartphone market was the first market to be disrupted by 5G. Today, wireless providers, smartphone vendors, and app developers are already providing a wide variety of 5G-based products and services, and beginning to make the easily available, super-fast personal connectivity promised in...

FCC considers public safety, IoT spectrum needs

The Federal Communications Commission is taking a new look at the spectrum needs of public safety and the internet of things, and the agency officially rescinded rules passed under the Trump administration that would have allowed state-by-state leasing of 50 megahertz of spectrum at...

Texas county ‘counts on Verizon,’ selects carrier for emergency services contract

Verizon connectivity will help Harris County ESD No. 11 respond to the more than 55,000 emergency calls it receives over the course of a year Verizon Frontline will provide the Harris County, Texas Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 11 with connectivity and smartphones per a...

Parallel Wireless, Neptune Communications bring Open RAN LTE to the Caribbean

Parallel Wireless and Neptune Communications will use Open RAN to provide mission-critical voice, data service to government agencies in Barbados Parallel Wireless and Neptune Communications are laying claim to delivering the first Open RAN (O-RAN) compliant 4G LTE solution in the Caribbean. Neptune’s 4G LTE...

Verizon unveils THOR, ‘the Swiss Army knife’ of frontline services

THOR is suitable for hard-to-reach or hard-to-navigate environments and situations As part of its collaboration with the Department of Defense through NavalX and the SoCal Tech Bridge, Verizon Frontline unveiled a Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response (THOR) vehicle at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. The...

FirstNet expands its deployables, cell sites

FirstNet-AT&T has expanded its fleet of portable land- and air-based cell sites for temporary coverage, with more than 100 deployables now available to FirstNet subscribers at no additional charge. The new deployables include three Communications Vehicles (CVs) stationed across the country, four micro satellite...

FCC puts a pin in 4.9 GHz leasing changes

The Federal Communications Commission has delayed the implementation of new leasing rules for the 4.9 GHz band used by public safety that were passed under the Trump administration, and it will reconsider them. In the fall of 2020, the FCC had voted along party...

Ericsson, Leonardo to develop public safety and industrial 5G solutions

The 5G solutions developed by Ericsson and Leonardo will support more advanced use cases and mission-critical services Ericsson is sharing R&D capabilities and cyber security, 5G and service evolution competences with global technology company Leonardo to improve operations and security in public safety and industrial...

Ransomware attack takes down US’ largest fuel pipeline

A ransomware cyber attack took down the U.S.' largest fuel pipeline operator on Friday and as of today, the company's operations are reportedly still largely offline. Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline says that it transports approximately 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast. "This is...

Samsung launches 3GPP-compliant nationwide public safety network in Korea

The public safety network will have Samsung’s Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk capabilities Samsung Electronics is working with Korean mobile operators on the deployment of the world’s first 3GPP-compliant nationwide public safety LTE (PS-LTE) network. The PS-LTE network will operate in 700 MHz spectrum to provide connectivity...

Nextivity Webinar: Public Safety Communications Systems – Best Practices for Selecting and Installing In-building Solutions

Selecting and installing public safety communications systems can be challenging. For example, it can be tough to decipher the stringent code requirements that vary from one locale to another. To complicate the issue, some systems create noise and interfere with the macro network, while...

#TBT: Call quality improves; Online video prompts industry introspection; Analog sunset hits OnStar … this week in 2007

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Wireless customers report...

Key takeaways from FirstNet’s annual report

The FirstNet Authority has made "significant progress" toward fulfilling its mandate to oversee and manage the build-out and operations of a nationwide cellular network for first responders, according to the authority's latest annual report to Congress. The FirstNet Authority is an independent entity that...

FCC rejects calls to delay indoor location accuracy improvements

Carriers won't get more time to meet vertical location, or z-axis, accuracy requirements for cellular devices that are set to take effect in April. The Federal Communications has rejected a request from CTIA to delay the implementation of new requirements on improved accuracy for reporting...

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