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

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

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.

March 29, 2013

Maximizing P25 Spectrum

Maximizing P25 Spectrum

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.

February 15, 2013

Which LE Technologies Would You Want for Handling a Crisis?

UCLA Research Lab Puts Emergency Responders' Needs First

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.

February 3, 2012

Public Safety Interoperability Requires a Neutral Party

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.

March 18, 2011

Give Smartphones To Field Cops

Give Smartphones To Field Cops

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.

December 16, 2010

Will Cell Phones Eventually Replace Your Handheld Radio?
Military Mobile Apps Could Protect Urban Areas As Well

Military Mobile Apps Could Protect Urban Areas As Well

Imagine a 10-officer team staking out a group of suspects from several locations simultaneously. Now, imagine the supervisor and team can observe each others' movements, simultaneously communicate via text message and call up a map of an entire building that suspects are about to enter.

February 4, 2010

Why Does My Mobile Phone Have Thousands of Apps, But Not My Radio?
Bring Battlefield Communications To Law Enforcement

Bring Battlefield Communications To Law Enforcement

At a recent trade show, I spoke with many in law enforcement about reliance on radio towers for data systems. Based on my experience with radio systems in use by the military for more than a decade, I suggested we don't really need "towers" as public safety knows them today.

November 6, 2009