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Verizon to modernize FBI network in $400M contract

The task order includes 24/7 direct access to Verizon’s IT development team and support for a wide range of applications, like cloud computing and video transmissions The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has awarded Verizon Public Sector a more than $400 million Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions...

Verizon unveils connected police cruiser prototype

The police vehicle leverages the carrier's mmWave and C-Band network At Wednesday’s 2022 National Sheriffs’ Association annual conference, Verizon Frontline unveiled a “reimagined,” connected police cruiser. The prototype, called the Mobile Utility Technology Transport (MUTT), leverages the carrier’s mmWave and C-Band 5G network and several...

House proposes up to $10 billion in NG911 funding from future auction

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee unanimously approved an amendment that calls for up to $10 billion in proceeds from a future auction of 3.1-3.45 GHz spectrum to be used to support Next-Generation 911 (NG911) deployments. The amendment passed the House Subcommittee on Communications and...

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...

NIST launches new $1 million public safety challenge

The National Institute for Standards and Technology's Public Safety Communications Research (NIST's PSCR) division has unveiled a new public safety tech challenge—and in an unusual twist, it has enlisted the help of Freelancer.com to promote awareness of the project. The Command Dashboard Integrating Next-Gen...

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...

Q&A: How will Verizon use C-Band to support its public sector customers?

SVP of Verizon Public Sector: 'For our public safety customers, it’s really continuing that evolution of digital transformations' Maggie Hallbach was recently appointed SVP of Verizon Public Sector and not long after both the carrier’s one-year anniversary of its frontline services and the announcement of a nearly...

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...

What 5G proximity based services are in Release 17?

Proximity Services (ProSe), first introduced in Release 12 of the 3GPP specifications, is a D2D (Device-to-Device) technology that allows LTE devices to detect each other and to communicate directly. In comparison to existing D2D and proximity networking technologies, ProSe offers a number of distinct benefits...

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 says FirstNet 5G is available in 20 cities

AT&T says it has doubled the number of areas where FirstNet users can access 5G, from 10 to 20. The carrier said that 5G connectivity on FirstNet has launched in Savannah, Georgia; in Western Kansas; Lansing, Michigan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Toledo, Ohio; Charleston and Hilton Head...

Key takeaways from ETSI’s most recent mission-critical services testing

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is continuing its ongoing series of Plugtest events to test the interoperability of mission-critical communications services, including mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT), mission-critical data (MCData) and mission-critical video (MCVideo). The most recent Plugtest, ETSI's sixth, was conducted in a hybrid...

Four notable developments in indoor location during 2021

This year was supposed to mark a major milestone in the ability to locate wireless devices indoors when callers dial 911, so that first responders can reach them faster. It didn't quite pan out that way; development and implementation of the technologies that enable...

Where do 911 fees go? Key statistics from the FCC’s annual 911 fee report (Part 2)

Each year for the past 12 years, the Federal Communications Commission has gathered information from states and territories about their 911 fee collection, distribution and general operations and put it together in a report to Congress. Usually published in early December of each year,...

How many 911 calls are wireless? Key stats from the FCC’s 2020 911 fee report (Part 1)

States reported that 72% of 911 calls received in 2019 came from wireless phones—but the FCC thinks it's probably more Each year for the past 12 years, the Federal Communications Commission has gathered information from states and territories about their 911 fee collection, distribution and...

AT&T-FirstNet passes 2.8 million connections; FirstNet board gets new members

AT&T says that its "aggressive" expansion of Band 14 coverage is more than 95% complete The number of public safety and first responder connections on the AT&T-FirstNet network has passed 2.8 million, AT&T reported, with more than 18,500 agencies and organizations across the country making...

FirstNet to serve 15 Air Force bases

AT&T-FirstNet has struck a new contract to provide service to 15 U.S. Air Force bases for a term of 21 years, which is the remainder of AT&T's public-private partnership contract with the First Responders Network Authority. The Air Force is adopting FirstNet at those 15...

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...

FirstNet board approves $253 million budget

The First Responders Network Authority board has set its budget for the coming fiscal year, which includes $94 million in network reinvestments. The board approved a $253 million budget for fiscal year 2022, allocating $79.3 million for the authority's operating budget, $79.3 million in...

AT&T extends 5G access to FirstNet customers in 10 more cities

AT&T is making sub-6 GHz 5G network access available to FirstNet customers in 10 more U.S. cites, expanding the use of High-Power User Equipment and touting the ability of the network to be used as a backup connectivity option for public safety answering points...

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...

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