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The Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) has selected the Terrain Analysis Package (TAP) from SoftWright LLC. The Communications Engineering group within the Services Division of DPS supports all aspects of law enforcement and disaster response within the State of Alabama. The TAP software selected by DPS will allow the Communications Engineering group to conduct vhf coverage studies, predict the reliability of VHF/UHF and Microwave Links...
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has again complained to the FCC to allege illegal marketing of electronic RF lighting ballasts, operating under Part 18 of the Commission’s rules, on the part of two major retailers.
BearCom Issues Reminder to Users of Two-Way Radios: FCC Narrowbanding Deadline Now Less Than a Year Away
BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today issued a reminder to users of two-way radios that they now have less than one year to ensure their equipment is in compliance with the narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
BearCom, a nationwide provider of wireless communications equipment and solutions, today made available a fun, animated video meant to remind users of two-way radios about serious changes coming from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC Public Notice also provides a path for U.S. public safety agencies to operate on Canadian frequencies used by Canadian first responders, which was previously considered to be an ineligible activity. This is excellent news for public safety on both sides of the border.
Signal jammers are illegal and can interfere with operational channels commonly used by first responders, disrupting vital communications or affecting emergency operation. The DHS and the FCC have recently collaborated to develop a new Infographic that defines indications of radio jamming, what actions can be taken, and what information should be relayed when reporting a jamming incident to the FCC.
Electronic jamming is a significant threat to first responder and public safety communications and should be taken seriously. DHS will share updated information as it becomes available, including additional details on threats, mitigation strategies, and technologies.
On August 23, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) changed its part 90 rules to allow railroad police officers to use public safety interoperability frequencies to communicate with public safety entities already authorized to use those channels. The FCC's decision "facilitates railroad police access to the interoperability channels; minimizes burdens on public safety entities and railroad police; and ensures consistency with public safety needs and interoperability plans."
Exalt Communications, Inc., the leading innovator of next-generation packet microwave backhaul systems, today announced that its license-exempt microwave backhaul systems are the solution for companies trapped by the Federal Government shutdown while waiting for FCC spectrum licenses. Rather than lose valuable time-to-market revenue while waiting indefinitely for the shutdown to lift and any license applications backlog to clear, companies can deploy Exalt license-exempt microwave backhaul...
Federal Police of Brazil rely on Tetrapol technology from Airbus Defence and Space to guard the Olympic Games 2016
To protect the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Airbus Defence and Space has equipped the Brazilian Federal Police with radio communication means based on Tetrapol technology. The existing network in Rio de Janeiro implemented by Airbus Defence and Space has complete coverage in all crucial locations, including the main venues, such as Maracana and the Olympic village, the airports and the main routes of the city.
First responders in Miami-Dade County, Florida are on the air with 700 MHz Band 14 LTE and are poised to take advantage of the benefits of next generation wireless broadband technology. The program, one of the first of its kind, demonstrates the potential for real-time access to databases and video for the 35 municipalities of Miami-Dade - putting integrated, mission-specific information into the hands of Miami-Dade County police officers who respond, on average, to roughly 12 million calls...
On February 24, 2012, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) released a draft report that identifies the spectrum and technology required to meet public safety user requirements and to help drive policy on spectrum and funding; standards development; and the public safety vendor community. The Assessment of Future Spectrum and Technology Report reflects the spectrum and communications technology needs of public safety identified by the Working Group
Icom America addresses the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) narrowbanding mandate with its F50V series portable radio. The compact and robust radio operates at 12.5 kHz efficiency to comply with the FCC requirement effective January 1, 2013. Suitable for volunteer fire departments, EMS units and related agencies, the F50V can be programmed with the popular paging tone found in devices operating 25 kHz-wide channels.
On March 1, 2011 the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) unanimously voted to support the concept of a single nationwide broadband network for public safety instead of the network of networks approach. At an ex parte discussion held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for invited representatives of public safety, NPSTC made the strong case for a single flexible, reliable, and vibrant national broadband network, presenting high-level conceptual drawings to...
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) announces publication of the Intrastate Channel Naming Recommendations which provides recommendations on the assignment of standardized names for regional and statewide interoperability channels. This is a companion document to the NPSTC and (APCO) American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Common Channel Naming Standard currently in the ANSI approval process.
The NPSTC Radio PCR Working Group recently created a radio programming and management tool called PAM. The tool was created in order to mitigate a problem that was discovered during the search for the suspect in the shooting of a Florida police officer in 2011, in which programming failed to connect radios designated for interoperability.
NPSTC developed and compiled a formal questionnaire which was distributed broadly throughout the public safety community to seek information on such interference, the frequency band(s) affected, how any interference manifested itself, whether the interference has been resolved, etc. The NPSTC Report, Radio Frequency Interference from Energy-Efficient Lighting, details the results of this questionnaire.
Cross border public safety communications is a complex issue that affects all first responder organizations, which operate near the U.S. and Canadian border. Fire departments and EMS organizations are frequently asked to cross the national border to render aid. They may be the primary agency assigned to respond to an emergency across the border, or they may be supporting a local agency that needs additional assistance.
NPSTC: Non-P25 Digital Technologies Will Negatively Impact Hard-Won Advances in Public Safety Interoperability in the US
NPSTC strongly urges public safety and critical infrastructure agencies contemplating the purchase or use of LMR equipment to opt for P25 Phase 1 (12.5 kHz conventional FDMA) and/or analog modes for interoperability. Project 25 Phase 1 radios automatically receive both analog and P25. No other technological solution ensures direct compatibility.
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) recently established a special Working Group to study this issue and to prepare a report on the impact this law will have on our law enforcement, fire/rescue, and EMS agencies, as well as on other public safety users. The report will identify how these T-Band channels are currently in use and determine if possible options may be available to the public safety community to maintain critical communications and comply with the law.
What is often lost in the debate over the fate of the D-Block is the proven reliability of commercial networks. Indeed a great divide exists between the perception by some in the public safety community, who often cast doubt that these networks are dependable enough, and the reality, that more often, it is the commercial network that is the only one left standing.
The Return of High Frequency: HF-NVIS, Your Regional Communications Lifeline When Everything Else is Broken
HF (High Frequency) and NVIS (Near Vertical Incident Skywave) provide a simple and reliable solution for backup communications over a wide regional area with no intervening infrastructure whatever. It should be part of every public safety agency's toolset for springing back after a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
Westell Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of in-building wireless, intelligent site management, cell site optimization, and outside plant solutions, today announces that it has released its latest in-building repeater solution. The PS51080 is designed to provide customers with the ability to install an in-building repeater that will meet both the existing public safety communication regulations and allow customers to prepare for future mandates...
What States and Locals Need To Know To Prepare for Rollout of Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network
Congress passed groundbreaking legislation for a new Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) on February 17, 2012. The Middle Class Tax Relief & Job Creation Act of 2012 was signed by President Obama on February 22. The legislation (Public Law 112-96) allocates the D Block spectrum to public safety, provides $7 billion federal funding for the network, and establishes a nationwide governance structure, the First Responder Network Authority(FirstNet). The FirstNet Board is...
The monitoring of public safety communications has long been a pastime for many... Live Internet streaming of broadcast feeds now brings emergencies worldwide into the home. Encryption of radio frequencies is not universally endorsed, but it sure does put a crimp on listening. Critics say it interferes with the concept of citizen involvement and community policing, but advocates cite the need for officer safety...