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FCC grants NYFD expanded T-Band access

  The Federal Communications Commission has granted the Fire Department of New York expanded access to low-band spectrum in the New York metro area for public safety communications. The T-Band use will allow FDNY to expand capacity and coverage of its existing T-Band network to...

Samsung demos world’s first video call on AWS

Samsung: 'MCPTX opens a new horizon in advancing public safety' Samsung Electronics announced the successful demonstration of the world’s first video call on Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform using Mission Critical Push-to Talk, Data and Video (MCPTX), a communications capability developed specifically for first...

Ofcom tests 5G radiation at 16 UK sites, identifies no health risk

Those who oppose 5G networks cite radiation concerns In its latest round of spectrum testing, the U.K.'s Office of Communications, or Ofcom, measured electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions at 16 5G sites in 10 cities across the U.K., concluding that 5G networks do not pose a...

AT&T serves up low-band 5G in 13 more markets

AT&T’s low-band 5G coverage now includes 58 markets AT&T has added 13 markets to its low-band 5G coverage map. Not to be confused with the 13 cities the operator announced on February 5th or the 13 on February 11th, these are a brand new 13,...

FirstNet hits 1 million subs, adds a blimp to deployable line-up

AT&T says Band 14 build-out is more than 75% complete AT&T-FirstNet is now serving more than a million connections, with more than 10,000 public safety agencies and organization subscribed to the service, AT&T reported. The carrier said that its build out of Band 14 700 MHz...

CenturyLink, West Safety Comms agree to $575,000 fine over 911 outage

Network operators CenturyLink and West Safety Communications have settled with the Federal Communications Commission over violations of FCC rules due to a 911 service outage. The two companies agreed to pay $575,000 in fines and put in place a three-year compliance and reporting plan to...

Five key differences between in-building public safety and cellular networks

Public safety agencies are increasingly relying on the use of cellular devices and mobile broadband to augment their land mobile radio voice networks. Carriers who have previously focused primarily on the consumer and enterprise market are giving this segment new attention, from AT&T's contract...

T-Mobile US introduces new first responder plan

In the latest move by carriers to target the first responder market, T-Mobile US announced a new plan for first responders. Available starting November 1, the Magenta First Responder plan will charge users $25 per month per line, with four lines available for $100 per...

Three takeaways from ETSI’s fourth mission-critical plugtest event

Late last month, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) held its fourth round of testing aimed at ensuring interoperability across products that provide mission-critical features based on 3GPP standards. The event included remote testing as well as an in-person final event held at the Savonia...

How fast is FirstNet growing?

The FirstNet network operated by AT&T has been accepting subscribers for more than a year now, with service offered across all of AT&T's commercial spectrum bands, a private network core for public safety users and Band 14 coverage built out in about 650 markets...

AT&T shifts leadership of FirstNet team

AT&T announced late Friday that Chris Sambar, who has headed up the carrier's team responsible for constructing and managing a nationwide public safety network for the First Responders Network Authority, will be moving into an executive network position for the company as a whole. Sambar...

How well do LTE devices handle audio in public safety environments?

Inside a burning building, alarms are going off -- and the first responders on-scene still need to be heard and hear their communications devices. Outside, fellow responders are conversing as they stand next to a fire truck with its pump running, as more emergency...

Next-Generation Networks for First Responders

  How First Responders & Communities are Depending on Wireless Networks First responders are a vital component of communities, working to identify threats and treat the injured. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, emergency medical services (EMS) treat 25 to 30 million patients per year....

What is Project BroadWay?

What is Project BroadWay? About a decade ago, the European Commission started having formal conversations around TETRA and the future of public safety communications networks. This led to the formation of Public Safety Communications – Europe, and subsequently to research validating what public safety users...

Cradlepoint White Paper: Trends in Connected Technologies for First Responders

Digital and connected technologies are transforming first responder organizations by increasing accountability, improving first responder safety, and enhancing triage and treatment. However, these new technologies can create new challenges if they are not implemented correctly, which can consume already limited budgets and precious man-hours. This...

Airbus Q&A: Mobile broadband, TETRA and the future of EU public safety networks

Airbus' Secure Land Communications business is one of the major providers of public safety critical communications networks in Europe. The company says that it works closely with the ministries of the interior of various European countries and has many nationwide and long-term customers in...

Editorial Report: Public Safety, Critical Communications – UK/EU

Disasters cross international borders, and in Europe, critical communications need to support the ability of first responders in neighboring countries to work collaboratively. This report explores the latest trends and developments in how European Union countries and the United Kingdom are meeting the challenges of...

Editorial Webinar: Public Safety, Critical Communications – UK/EU

Disasters cross international borders, and in Europe, critical communications need to support the ability of first responders in neighboring countries to work collaboratively. This webinar explores the latest trends and developments in how European Union countries and the United Kingdom are meeting the challenges of...

Disaster Tech Lab: Using cellular in disaster response

Increased digitalization is impacting disaster response and recovery Coverage, power and backhaul. Those three pieces are fundamental to any working cellular network, but they can be awfully hard to come by during a response to a natural or humanitarian disaster. Disaster Tech Lab specializes in providing...

Four predictions for the European public safety market

European public safety market IoT growth rates are generally pegged at 15% Terrorism, natural disasters and humanitarian crises are all realities which shape public safety and disaster response in the European Union. As the region grapples with the complexities of cross-border cooperation and response, it...

Five use cases for IoT in public safety and emergency response

How could IoT be used to support public safety? The European Telecommunications Standards Institute recently examined the potential use of IoT devices in emergency situations, as well as the state of standards development for such use. ETSI identified a number of use cases in which IoT...

FirstNet, an app and smartphones as body cams: How one police department put them together

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- When the Platteville Police Department in Wisconsin was trying to figure out a way to outfit every officer with a body-worn camera during their shifts, the small department of 20 sworn officers quickly came to the realization that they didn't have...

FirstNet’s ranks swell to more than 9,000 agencies

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- FirstNet-AT&T continues to see rapid growth, with more than 9,000 agencies now signed on to its service and more than 750,000 connections, according to the carrier's latest update. AT&T has more than 650 markets built out with 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum,...

PSCR pushes the envelope on public safety research

In virtual reality, a firefighter navigates a smoke-filled room and a police officer comes under fire in a parking garage. Wearing a set of augmented-reality glasses, a researcher examines a virtual likeness of a model of an improvised explosive device, which glows blue in...

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