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September 23, 2016 | Comments
Louisa County, Virginia, selected Black & Veatch to design, procure and implement a new digital public-safety radio system. The trunked Project 25 (P25) simulcast system will provide dispatch capabilities for the county’s sheriff’s office and fire and department.



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September 23, 2016 | Comments
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) unveiled an interactive map identifying which radio and television stations across Canada distribute emergency alert messages. Canadians will also find a list of cable and satellite companies that relay these messages.



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September 23, 2016 | Comments
JVCKENWOOD USA announced that Henderson County, North Carolina, purchased a VHF trunked Kenwood NEXEDGE digital radio system for EMS, fire, rescue squads and law enforcement. Currently a six-site system, at full deployment, there will be additional sites and 2,500 Kenwood radios in use in the nearly 400-square-mile county.



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September 23, 2016 | Comments
A new prior information notice (PIN) released details on the U.K. Emergency Services Network (ESN) Air-to-Ground (A2G) Devices Project, one of the ESN related projects responsible for procuring ESN A2G devices approved for use on the planned ESN.



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September 22, 2016 | Comments
The teams at Christo’s Floating Piers art project in Italy used a communications system based on Motorola Solutions MOTOTRBO two-way radio infrastructure and radios.



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September 22, 2016 | Comments
Comments in the FCC’s August notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking input on proposed procedures for administering the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state opt-out process and FCC obligations to evaluate state opt-out applications are due Oct. 21.



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September 22, 2016 | Comments
The FCC proposed a penalty of $25,000 against Public Safety Technologies (PST), licensee of private land mobile radio (PLMR) station WQJM334, West Covina, California, for causing harmful interference to other licensed stations operating on a shared frequency in the Los Angeles area and for other violations of requirements for PLMR stations.



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September 22, 2016 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Radio Programming Compatibility Requirements (PCR) Working Group is working to automate the Programming and Management (PAM) tool, now in its third version.



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September 21, 2016 | Comments
The Atlanta Police Department (APD) purchased 1,015 body cameras from Taser International. APD also secured a five-year unlimited subscription to the company’s cloud solution to help store, manage and share data from the body cameras and other digital evidence sources.



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September 21, 2016 | Comments
Emergency alerting provider Ping4 was awarded a development contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). As part of the agreement, Ping4 will deliver a geographically precise communications platform to enable instant notification to first responders about rapidly changing flood conditions.



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September 21, 2016 | Comments
Motorola Solutions introduced its push-to-talk (PTT) platform at Stuttgart Airport in southern Germany. Airport authorities also signed an agreement covering software, hardware and implementation, as well as maintenance and repair services.



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September 21, 2016 | Comments
The FCC granted a waiver of the commission’s rules to permit the acceptance of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s late-filed interim “substantial service” showing for its license for 700 MHz state channels under call sign WPTZ852.



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September 21, 2016 | Comments
As part of the AmbuCom project, Airbus Defence and Space and its partners are optimizing medical coordination between emergency personnel and hospitals. The project’s global budget is 3.9 million euros (US$4.3 million), partly financed by the French state.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
Rivada Networks hired Karen Freitag as the company’s new executive vice president for sales.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
GeoComm announced an extension of its Government Services Administration (GSA) IT schedule contract. The contract provides customers with many benefits and simplifies the purchasing process for local, state and federal agencies.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
NeoNova and its parent company, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), announced that NeoNova's Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jason McGinnis was promoted to president of the company.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
Exalt Wireless signed an agreement with Afren Technologies to distribute Exalt products in the southern part of Africa. The agreement means that Exalt's wireless connectivity systems will be available in South Africa and neighboring countries for rapid shipment to southern Africa markets.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
The Group of 20 Summit was held 4 – 5 September in China's eastern city of Hangzhou. Hytera invested the best resources into the project, including man power and technologies such as trunked simulcast and its latest Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) handheld radios.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
The state of Nevada has a $10 million network upgrade project to Aviat Networks for radios, microwave routers, an automation platform and a full portfolio of design, deployment and managed services.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
Sepura will provide 3,200 TETRA portable radios for São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil. The company will supply the radios as part of a contract to replace the airport's existing analog communications system, awarded to solutions partner Alcon Engenharia.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
Challenges still exist, but cybersecurity is becoming part of the fabric of government operations, according to the recently released "2016 Deloitte-National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Cybersecurity Study.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
Together with its partners, Airbus Defence and Space presented the first results of the French research and development (R&D) project Long Term Evolution for Professional Mobile Radio (LTE4PMR) to provide mission-critical broadband services, including an advanced mobile video application.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
Sprint filed a request for waiver of Section 90.209(b)(7) of the FCC rules to permit 800 MHz broadband operations in portions of the Arizona National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) region prior to completion of 800 MHz band reconfiguration in that region.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) center of excellence led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, announced a new request for proposals (RFP) for interdisciplinary research, technology development, education and workforce development relevant to the resilience and security of the nation’s critical infrastructure.



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September 20, 2016 | Comments
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) announced its fifth ETSI ITS Plugtest, a two-week testing event for cooperative transport systems focusing on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications. Testing will take place from 7 to 17 November around the port of Livorno, Italy.



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September 19, 2016 | Comments
Norsat International announced that it has received indications of interest from multiple parties with respect to a strategic transaction. Privet Fund Management specifically offered to acquire the company for cash consideration of US$8 per share subject to due diligence, financing and other conditions.



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September 16, 2016 | Comments
JVCKENWOOD USA announced an agreement with Marlin Business Services, a commercial equipment financing company, that gives KENWOOD authorized dealers access to a broad line-up of financing opportunities for their customers.



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September 16, 2016 | Comments
Marty Singer, PCTEL's Chairman and CEO since 2001, will step down in January and serve as vice chair until his retirement later in the year.



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September 16, 2016 | Comments
The Radio Club of America (RCA) and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that seeks to promote both organizations by increasing the value of membership to each organization’s respective members. Under the terms of the MoU, members of both clubs will receive a 5 percent discount on their membership dues for either existing or new memberships.



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September 16, 2016 | Comments
The FCC released a public notice in three languages outlining amateur service operation in European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) countries.



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September 15, 2016 | Comments
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler continued to request congressional help to improve the quality and accuracy of 9-1-1 in comments before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.



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September 15, 2016 | Comments
Airbus Defence and Space is designing and building a new constellation of optical satellites, comprising four identical and agile sensors delivering very high-resolution (VHR) imagery. Four VHR optical Earth observation satellites to be launched in 2020 and 2021 will ensure continuity of the Pléiades satellite constellation’s mission.



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September 15, 2016 | Comments
The FCC granted an application to assign spectrum to the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) to facilitate its deployment of a positive train control (PTC) system for the Metrolink commuter railroad.



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September 14, 2016 | Comments
Motorola Solutions acquired Wireless Technology Equipment Co. (WTEC), a privately held provider of communications system support and two-way radios. WTEC now is a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions.



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September 14, 2016 | Comments
Nokia formed the Mission Critical Communications Alliance, a global collaboration of mobile operators, national and local-level public authorities and first response agencies to formalize standards in the use of Long Term Evolution (LTE) for public safety.



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September 14, 2016 | Comments
RF Industries announced results for the third quarter and nine months ended July 31.



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September 14, 2016 | Comments
The National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) Foundation board of directors announced that CSX Transportation and Angelo Marino, geographic information system (GIS) manager for the city of Nashua, New Hampshire, are recipients of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Public Safety GIS.



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September 14, 2016 | Comments
The TOPAs International consortium of academic and industrial partners, led by Motorola Solutions, completed connecting the first pilot buildings in a project aimed at reducing energy consumption.



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September 14, 2016 | Comments
The Bexar County (Texas) Sheriff's Office (BSCO) selected CNC Technologies, an aviation wireless communications company, to deploy a mission receive site to support the agency's airborne policing and public-safety operations. This platform will be installed in a new mission-critical regional operations center that will house the Bexar County Public Safety Communications Center and several other entities.



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September 14, 2016 | Comments
The Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) purchased 1,050 body cameras from Taser International. CPD also secured Taser’s first seven-year subscription to the Axon cloud solution, Evidence.com, to help store, manage and share data from the body cameras and other digital evidence sources.



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September 14, 2016 | Comments
The Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Constables unanimously voted to join the COPsync law enforcement real-time, information sharing and communication network.



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September 13, 2016 | Comments
Jason Horning joined 911 Datamaster as products manager. Horning is a leading advocate for the advancement of geographic information systems (GIS) in the public-safety community.



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September 13, 2016 | Comments
UGAP, the French public central purchasing body, facilitated access to Tetrapol, TETRA and satellite products from Airbus Defence and Space. Both local and regional level public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) organizations can purchase radios online while avoiding complicated tender proceedings.



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September 13, 2016 | Comments
Ligado Network, formerly called LightSquared, updated its business plan for its proposed advanced satellite terrestrial network to serve the internet of things (IoT) in the rail, trucking, aviation, public safety and oil and gas sectors.



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September 13, 2016 | Comments
Saudi Telecommunication Co. (STC) extended its relationship with Intelsat to use the company’s satellite solutions to support operations for the largest oil and gas producer in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



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September 13, 2016 | Comments
The FCC is seeking comment on an application and waiver request filed by James Nash, on behalf of Cedar Grove Farm, seeking authority to operate on frequency 158.1225 MHz with a bandwidth exceeding 6 kilohertz.



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September 13, 2016 | Comments
Relm Wireless entered into a master standing offer (MSO) agreement with E-Comm Emergency Communications for British Columbia in Canada to provide Project 25 (P25) 700 MHz portable and mobile radios, accessories and service.



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September 13, 2016 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) filed a letter with the FCC seeking clarification on how many channels an 800/900 MHz business/industrial land transportation (B/ILT) applicant could normally expect to receive during the initial frequency advisory committee certification process if it planned to operate a non-for-profit SMR system and does not know how many entities it will eventually need to serve. Similarly, EWA requested clarification on how many channels should initially be assigned to a radio rental business.



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September 13, 2016 | Comments
The Project 25 (P25) Technology Interest Group (PTIG) updated its frequently asked questions (FAQ) document on the standard. The updated FAQ document has 14 new questions and significant changes to P25 testing questions from the recent Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) open meeting.



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September 13, 2016 | Comments
The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) SA1, which determines requirements for mobile standards including mission-critical broadband functionalities, completed its study into 5G requirements.



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September 12, 2016 | Comments
Avtec officials and alumni signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Clemson University for a gift-in-kind donation of Scout VoIP dispatching software, products and services valued at about $428,000. The Avtec Scout dispatching system was installed in August.



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September 12, 2016 | Comments
COPsync provided a business update on its company strategy. The COPsync network footprint continues to expand in Texas and the United States. The company has more than 750 network customers located in 14 states with about 81 percent of these customers in Texas.



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September 12, 2016 | Comments
Aviat Networks was awarded a project worth about $28 million over three years from the state of Colorado to implement a network using Aviat's microwave, IP/multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) routers, management software and full turnkey services.



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September 12, 2016 | Comments
Hytera Communications was awarded two projects by the Ministry of the Presidency of Dominican Republic.



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September 12, 2016 | Comments
The city and county of Denver awarded Federal Engineering (FE) a contract to evaluate its existing public-safety radio system, assess user needs and assist with an upgrade to a new Project 25 (P25) standards-based system.



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September 09, 2016 | Comments
Hytera Communications appointed Kinetra as its distributor for its Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) conventional portfolio in Malaysia. A statement said the partnership and collaboration between Hytera and Kinetra will rapidly expand the distribution network of Hytera DMR products and improve Hytera brand awareness in the country.



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September 09, 2016 | Comments
Aviat Networks reported financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter and full year results for the fiscal year ended July 1.



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September 09, 2016 | Comments
The FCC will address wireless emergency alerts (WEA) at its Sept. 29 open meeting.



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September 09, 2016 | Comments
U.S. Rep. Norma Torres, a former 9-1-1 dispatcher who worked for 17 years for the Los Angeles Police Department, sent a letter telling the federal agency overseeing the reclassification process that "9-1-1 dispatchers are more than office and support staff.



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September 09, 2016 | Comments
By unanimous vote, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) board of directors passed a position statement in full support of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).



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September 09, 2016 | Comments
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly sent a letter to the head of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) requesting information on the authority’s plans to improve wireless communications.



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September 09, 2016 | Comments
Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE) provided four topics for the next work program of Horizon 2020, the European Union (EU) framework program for research and innovation.



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September 09, 2016 | Comments
The FCC released a T-band fact sheet for public-safety licensees. The commission said there are 925 public-safety entities that hold licenses in the UHF spectrum in 11 metropolitan areas.



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September 08, 2016 | Comments
With the implementation of new rules governing their use, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) could see an increase in use. During a webinar, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offered law-enforcement agencies guidance for dealing with commercial UAVs and potential violations of the rules in their communities.



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September 08, 2016 | Comments
Mission Critical Partners (MCP) launched a new service offering, lifecycle management services, intended to help public-safety agencies better manage communications infrastructure and maximize technology investments.



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September 08, 2016 | Comments
Qognify, formerly NICE Security, integrated its situation management solution with Everbridge for Miami International Airport (MIA).



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September 08, 2016 | Comments
Zetron raised $25,000 during its sixth annual Shoot for the Stars golf tournament to benefit the Behind the Badge Foundation, an organization that honors and assists Washington state’s injured and fallen law-enforcement officers and their families.



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September 08, 2016 | Comments
Higher Ground (HG), a mobile earth station (ES) startup, applied to the FCC for a nationwide license to operate mobile ES transmitters in the fixed service 6 GHz band. Such a system could have negative effects on public-safety microwave systems, industry officials said.



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September 08, 2016 | Comments
The New Hampshire Department of Safety signed a no-cost agreement with Rivada Networks. Under the agreement, Rivada will develop a radio access network (RAN) plan for the state to compare with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public-safety broadband state plan next year.



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September 08, 2016 | Comments
A team of government and industry leaders formed a new trade association, the Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA). The primary mission of the non-profit is advocacy on issues important to public service and public transit government agencies, a statement said.



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September 07, 2016 | Comments
Radiocrafts appointed Anders Oldebäck as sales and marketing director.



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September 07, 2016 | Comments
Freedom Communication Technologies hired Keith Yeo as its new sales channel manager for Asian markets, based in Singapore.



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September 07, 2016 | Comments
The Radio Club of America (RCA) announced its 2016 award recipients. The recipients will be honored at the RCA 107th annual banquet 18 November in New York City.



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September 07, 2016 | Comments
Hytera TETRA radios are now C2000 Toelatingskeuring (CTK) certified and approved for use in the Netherlands.



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September 07, 2016 | Comments
New Jersey officials and Rutgers teamed to announce Sept. 7 the statewide implementation of a new text-to-9-1-1 system and introduce a promotional video to drive home the message of “Call when you can … text when you can’t.



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September 06, 2016 | Comments
Bravo, the only licensed national operator providing wireless push to talk (PTT) services in Saudi Arabia, is upgrading to TETRA and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. The company also joined the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA).



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September 06, 2016 | Comments
RF Industries joined the Safer Buildings Coalition (SBC), an organization dedicated to enhancing intrabuilding public-safety wireless coverage.



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September 06, 2016 | Comments
Axon Public Safety Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of TASER International, partnered with the Canadian Centre of Public Safety Excellence (CCPSE). The training center delivers up-to-date training to law enforcement and public-safety officials.



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September 02, 2016 | Comments
The FCC denied an application for review filed by National Science and Technology Network (NSTN) of a modification to NSTN’s licenses for private land mobile radio (PLMR) stations WPMM274 and WPMP967 to delete specified locations and frequencies.



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September 02, 2016 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) First Responders Group (FRG) is developing and testing a suite of tools designed for first responders deployed during search and rescue operations. In June, search-and-rescue professionals took part in an exercise that allowed them to test S&T’s FIND first hand in Deschutes County, Oregon.



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September 02, 2016 | Comments
The FCC amended its rules pertaining to the maritime radio services to better protect lives and property at sea, as well as support improved day-to-day operations, an order said.



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September 02, 2016 | Comments
The FCC proposed a penalty of $23,000 against Daniel Delise for operating an unlicensed amateur radio station on the amateur radio service frequency 147.96 MHz from his residence in Astoria, New York, and falsely transmitting an officer-in-distress call. The commission said it previously warned Delise that unlicensed operation of this station was illegal and that continued operation could result in further enforcement action.



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September 02, 2016 | Comments
SAFECOM and the National Council of Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) sent an Aug. 11 letter to Brian E. Kamoie, assistant administrator for the Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), urging FEMA to require Project 25 (P25) compliance for all grantees.



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September 01, 2016 | Comments
Harris appointed James F. Albaugh to its board of directors, and Roger B. Fradin was nominated for election to its board. Fradin’s nomination will be voted on, along with all other director nominations, by shareholders at Harris’ 2016 annual shareholder meeting Oct. 28.



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September 01, 2016 | Comments
Sierra Wireless and AT&T will pilot next-generation LTE-M network technologies this fall. The pilot will spur Long Term Evolution (LTE) network connections for internet of things (IoT) devices, the companies said.



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September 01, 2016 | Comments
Petersburg Borough (Alaska) Police Department went live with Spillman Technologies’ software. The agency will use a records management system (RMS), CAD, jail management system (JMS) and mobile capabilities to streamline its data entry and case management processes.



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September 01, 2016 | Comments
A new TETRA network from Damm Cellular Systems rolled out in the capital city in Peru and the surrounding regions including Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ica, Arequipa and Cuzco. Forty sites cover Peru’s challenging topography, and the network supports more than 3,000 professional radio users.



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September 01, 2016 | Comments
Five new organizations joined Public Safety Communications Europe (PSCE).



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September 01, 2016 | Comments
Actility, a low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) provider, and Digita, a Finnish broadcast network operator, teamed to roll out a LoRa network in Finland. Following a successful trial, the companies said the market is ready for a full-scale commercial deployment. The service is planned to be available nationwide in Finland beginning October.



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September 01, 2016 | Comments
The SALUS project, running since September 2013, culminated last June. To celebrate the successes of the project and showcase the technologies developed within SALUS, the SALUS final validation event was held in June in Kuopio, Finland.



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