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Connecting Smartphones To a Police Radio Network

August 15, 2013
Raytheon has developed one of the nation's first strictly IP-based interoperable dispatch systems supporting smartphones and tablets working with Twisted Pair Solutions, a Seattle-based provider of mission-critical solutions for secure, real-time communication.

P25 Systems: Harris Corp.'s Enhanced Failsoft with Security

March 29, 2013
The term "failsoft" refers to any failover condition that causes a digital trunked radio system to not trunk. This is most commonly caused by a loss of the control channel that subscriber radios use when communicating to the towers to assign a resource.

Maximizing P25 Spectrum

February 15, 2013
The APCO Project 25 (P25) Phase 2 standard is now ready for critical communications users. This further advancement of P25 was intended to improve upon the digital public safety radio communications standards used by first-responders, homeland security, emergency response professionals, and other agencies.

Breaking Down Tech Barriers

December 24, 2012
On a timeline of public safety innovation and advancements, 2012 will be marked as a blockbuster year. The creation of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and forward movement in next-generation 911 (NG911) marked a 180-degree turn from just a few years ago. And it's about time.

High-Tech Gear: Agencies Level the Playing Field

November 19, 2012
Technology companies can no longer take a proprietary view that shies away from open architecture and cross-platform partnerships. In our multidimensional and complex world, partnerships offer cost-efficient, workable solutions for public safety.

Public Safety Broadband: FirstNet Must Put Public Safety First

October 8, 2012
FirstNet (the First Responder Network Authority) will oversee the building and operation of the new nationwide public safety broadband network. The board as a whole can't allow the politics of business and Congress to shape a system with limited capabilities and limited competition.

Next-Gen 911: Federal Funds Drive Implementation

August 22, 2012
Many of us now carry smartphones, laptops, and tablet computers with us everywhere, making our preferred mode of reporting an emergency—by cell, text, photo or video—incompatible with the current system. For example, when callers dial 911 from their smartphone, that telephone number no longer equates to a fixed location.

The Public Safety LTE Network Won't Begin With a 'Big Bang'

May 4, 2012
When this LTE (Long Term Evolution) system hits the streets for public safety, we'll see dramatic and immediate changes. For example, a sheriff might share a video of an escaping criminal and use predictive solutions to determine where he's headed, then send squad cars to that site to quickly apprehend him.

Which LE Technologies Would You Want for Handling a Crisis?

March 30, 2012
Raytheon's new Public Safety Regional Technology Center in Southern California provides an avenue for developing next-gen law enforcement technologies.

UCLA Research Lab Puts Emergency Responders' Needs First

February 3, 2012
The UCLA Public Safety Network Systems Laboratory is dedicated to advancing public safety through a focus on the development of networks and operations technologies, analysis of LTE technologies, adoption of devices such as smartphones, and establishment of standards for interoperable network systems.

High-Tech Upgrades for Two Calif. Agencies

December 20, 2011
In law enforcement, new technology for police forces often arrives slowly and sporadically. In California, we're seeing a critical shift to high-tech gadgetry that could be a bellwether for forces across the country.

Next-Gen 911: Call Center of the Future

November 2, 2011
Next-generation 911 (NG 911) is a term that refers to the transition in public safety to broadband technology and multimedia-enabled operations that will enhance 911 capabilities for call centers and first responders. NG 911 relies on the implementation of an Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet) that lets a person send video, voice and text "calls" to a call center during an emergency.

Public Safety Broadband: Looking Ahead After 9/11

September 30, 2011
Public safety officials are increasingly aware of the disconnect between technology that's available to the average consumer and technology that's available to first responders. Many lawmakers are listening and stepping up to help public safety get the wireless network and technology it needs.

Interoperability: 10 Years Too Long

July 1, 2011
Regardless of the finer details, the fact remains that Americans and public safety agencies have waited far too long for an interoperable public safety broadband network. Now — not next year or the one after — is the time for Congress to lay aside differences and stand behind the more than 2 million first responders who serve this country.

Public Safety Interoperability Requires a Neutral Party

March 18, 2011
The devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan, as well as the ongoing nuclear power plant malfunctions there, serves as a grim reminder that similar disasters can occur here in the U.S. We need to better equip police officers, firefighters and other public safety personnel, so they can respond immediately and cohesively to emergency situations.

Give Smartphones To Field Cops

December 16, 2010
Once these decision-makers accept what field cops instinctively know — that smartphones are the future — public safety departments will move quickly to adopt technologies that already exist.

All the Suspect Info on the Screen In Your Hand

September 23, 2010
Notice that in public safety, we have many capabilities in DNA, prints, biometrics, and yet we have no field capability. Not for long. Finally, police executives and IT professionals in public safety are demanding these new capabilities in RFPS and program development.

LTE Expands Communications For LE

July 14, 2010
As LTE begins to be deployed in 2011, according to industry leaders, patrol officers will have access to data and video in vehicles and on hand-held devices. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the convergence of cellular applications and devices with current antiquated police radio systems has begun.

Emergency Simulations Provide Learning Opportunities

June 7, 2010
Effective communication is essential in large-scale emergencies. With multiple agencies working together on a complex and fast-paced incident, every second counts; there's no room for delay or error.

Cultivating Education for Better Prepared Public Safety Recruits

May 28, 2010
As technology continues to become more sophisticated, it's critical for public safety personnel to understand the many tools available to help them do their jobs.
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