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Connecting Smartphones To a Police Radio Network

Connecting Smartphones To a Police Radio Network

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.

August 15, 2013

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

Breaking Down Tech Barriers

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.

December 24, 2012

High-Tech Gear: Agencies Level the Playing Field

High-Tech Gear: Agencies Level the Playing Field

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.

November 19, 2012

Public Safety Broadband: FirstNet Must Put Public Safety First

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.

October 8, 2012

Next-Gen 911: Federal Funds Drive Implementation

Next-Gen 911: Federal Funds Drive Implementation

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.

August 22, 2012

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

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.

May 4, 2012

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

High-Tech Upgrades for Two Calif. Agencies

High-Tech Upgrades for Two Calif. Agencies

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.

December 20, 2011

Next-Gen 911: Call Center of the Future

Next-Gen 911: Call Center of the Future

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.

November 2, 2011

Public Safety Broadband: Looking Ahead After 9/11

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.

September 30, 2011

Interoperability: 10 Years Too Long

Interoperability: 10 Years Too Long

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.

July 1, 2011

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