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May 27, 2016 | Comments
The FCC is seeking comment on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would recognize real-time text communication over IP as a replacement for text telephones, also known as TTY devices, on wireless phone networks.



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May 27, 2016 | Comments
The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnF) released a report that looks at the growing complexity of public-safety first response.



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May 27, 2016 | Comments
The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) and the Rural Broadband Council (RBC) announced their support for the FCC’s adoption of the initial framework for the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II auction.



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May 26, 2016 | Comments
The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) hired wireless industry veteran Chuck Slagle as the organization’s executive director. Slagle, who previously served NWSA in a consulting capacity, is a former Sprint Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) executive with more than 38 years of experience in the industry. NWSA’s leadership announced the hiring at the 2016 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas, Texas.



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May 26, 2016 | Comments
Zetron will highlight its AcomNOVUS command-and-control system that has integrated Long Term Evolution (LTE) push-to-talk (PTT) over Cellular (PoC) during Critical Communications World (CCW) 2016 in Amsterdam.



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May 26, 2016 | Comments
Black & Veatch announced it will continue its partnership with Oakland County, Michigan, to implement the county’s next generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) system, which will provide improved 9-1-1 service with the capability to accept text, images and enhanced location data along with voice calls to the county’s public-safety personnel.



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May 26, 2016 | Comments
King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Saudi Arabia and Muscat International and Salalah International airports in Oman deployed Damm Cellular Systems’ TetraFlex system to secure critical radio communications.



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May 26, 2016 | Comments
The FCC issued a $34.9 million fine against Chinese electronics manufacturer CTS Technology for marketing and selling signal jamming devices to U.S. consumers. The commission also issued a $48,000 fine against Florida resident Jason Humphreys for illegally operating a signal jammer in his vehicle.



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May 26, 2016 | Comments
For several states, requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for information (RFIs) seeking alternatives to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) are a means with which to help their governors make a decision on what’s best for the state.



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May 25, 2016 | Comments
The Huntsville (Alabama) Police Department selected Panasonic System Communications to provide body-worn cameras and evidence management software. The department purchased 360 Arbitrator cameras and the company’s Unified Evidence Management solution.



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May 25, 2016 | Comments
The FCC adopted a report and order (R&O) that makes targeted refinements to its communications network outage reporting requirements to enhance the information it receives on outages related to legacy networks and reduce burdens on industry.



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May 24, 2016 | Comments
xG Technology reported total revenues of $929,000 for the first quarter of 2016, up from $584,000 in the same quarter last year. Operating loss for the quarter was $4.6 million, up from the $4 million operating loss the company reported in the same quarter last year.



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May 24, 2016 | Comments
Bittium and Getac announced a partnership that will offer Bittium’s SafeMove Mobile Virtual Private Network (VPN) and analytics software to Getac’s rugged tablets and notebooks as an option across Europe. The partnership will improve productivity, security and user experience for field workers in demanding environments, company officials said.



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May 24, 2016 | Comments
NASA awarded Harris two 1-year options, extending the original five-year base contract and adding $384 million of contract ceiling, in support of the Space Communications Network Services (SCNS) program. The award was received during the third quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2016.



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May 24, 2016 | Comments
The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC), the largest public-safety answering point (PSAP) in Virginia, recently awarded its next generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) contract to General Dynamics Information Technology to develop, deploy and provide maintenance and support for the solution. One of the vital components in the new system is the VESTA 9-1-1 call-handling equipment, provided by Airbus DS Communications.



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May 24, 2016 | Comments
When officials with the Detroit Police Department realized 25 percent of violent crime in the city was taking place within 500 feet of gas stations, they turned to Motorola Solutions’ Smart Public Safety Solutions to combat the problem.



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May 24, 2016 | Comments
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4167, also known as Kari’s Law, on May 23. The bill now moves on to the Senate for approval.



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May 23, 2016 | Comments
Kussmaul Electronics hired Danny Graham as regional sales manager covering the Eastern U.S. from Maine down to Florida.



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May 23, 2016 | Comments
Synergem Technologies completed the implementation of a next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1)-ready call-taking platform for Teton County, Montana.



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May 23, 2016 | Comments
PowerTrunk received an order from Rockwell Collins to provide a TETRA network at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).



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May 20, 2016 | Comments
The FCC proposed to collect $384 million in regulatory fees for fiscal year (FY) 2016 and is seeking comment on the proposed fee schedule.



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May 20, 2016 | Comments
The Radio Club of America (RCA) announced a revamped website to provide more value to members and the wireless community. The updated site includes resources unique to RCA and its history, while maintaining focus on items of current use and the future of the industry.



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May 20, 2016 | Comments
In the latest filings surrounding interference between public-safety licensees and commercial carriers in the 800 MHz band, AT&T and Verizon offered a plan to mitigate interference in markets where they transition to power spectral density (PSD) operations and another public-safety licensee provided technical details about its interference problems.



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May 19, 2016 | Comments
SpeedCast International was awarded a contract to provide one of the most prestigious global oilfield service companies in the world with a fully managed network service for 10 sites in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman, as an expansion to current services in other regions.



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May 19, 2016 | Comments
Taser International announced that Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) is the first Canadian police force to pilot 50 Axon body-worn cameras on the digital evidence management solution Evidence.com, which is hosted in Canada. All data will reside within Canadian borders.



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May 19, 2016 | Comments
The Relm Wireless board of directors approved the repurchase of up to 500,000 shares of the company's common stock, from time to time, pursuant to a stock repurchase plan. The repurchase program has no termination date.



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May 19, 2016 | Comments
Frequentis released its 2015 annual report, highlighting a total operational performance increase of more than 6 percent to 228 million euros (US$255.5 million). Order intake reached a new all-time high of 219 million euros (US$245.4 million).



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May 19, 2016 | Comments
In a public notice, the FCC is seeking comment on a request by the U.S. Coast Guard that passenger-carrying vessels required to carry VHF radiotelephone equipment with digital selective calling (DSC) capability be permitted to carry Class D VHF-DSC radios in lieu of Class A equipment.



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May 19, 2016 | Comments
Damm Cellular Systems announced an alliance with Tait Communications, whereby Tait will supply Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) terminals that can be deployed with DAMM’s network infrastructure.



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May 19, 2016 | Comments
ASTRID, the Belgian public-safety network provider, released information from a thorough technical analysis of the TETRA network communications following the terror attacks in Brussels 22 March. Immediately after the attacks, an initial analysis offered technical and operational perspectives.



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May 18, 2016 | Comments
Global Technology Systems (GTS) appointed Diane Foley director of government sales. Foley was previously GTS’ government sales manager, where she was responsible for sales of GTS products to state and local accounts.



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May 18, 2016 | Comments
Codan Radio Communications added John Robins to its global sales and business development team in the role of director of business development, U.S. and U.N. programs.



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May 18, 2016 | Comments
Motorola Solutions launched several products and services in Nigeria. The products include MOTOTRBO radios and the WAVE 3000 interoperability platform and are available through Motorola Solutions’ Nigerian partners.



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May 18, 2016 | Comments
The FCC denied an 800 MHz rebanding request by Sprint in part and granted it in part for Maricopa County, Arizona’s reconfiguration.



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May 18, 2016 | Comments
Thales announced the Fed4PMR project, a laboratory for future secure 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio communications to meet the requirements of security agencies and emergency services and to allow for images, videos and data to be shared securely.



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May 18, 2016 | Comments
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said it’s time to put the 9-1-1 grant funding included in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 to work for 9-1-1 jurisdictions.



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May 17, 2016 | Comments
JLT Mobile Computers, based in Sweden, launched the JLT global sales partner program to accelerate its international expansion. The new program unifies the company’s global network of value-added resellers and solution providers and aims to supply partners with the tools and support necessary to win in the competitive market of rugged vehicle-mount terminals (VMTs).



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May 17, 2016 | Comments
Hytera Communications unveiled an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More than 20 channel and project partners from different cities joined the opening ceremony and attended the channel meeting held in the new office.



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May 17, 2016 | Comments
Zinwave opened an office in Netley, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. South Australia, in addition to being central to Zinwave’s expanding client base, is a center of technological excellence, featuring several world-renowned universities, a technology park and high-tech manufacturing facilities.



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May 17, 2016 | Comments
The Biloxi (Mississippi) Police Department approved deployment of 120 body cameras and 100 in-vehicle wireless routers from Utility to supply its officers with video recording technology.



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May 17, 2016 | Comments
Hytera Communications is supplying Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) for public-safety communications in Madison County, Missouri.



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May 17, 2016 | Comments
The former Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) changed its name to the Utilities Technology Council following approval by the board of directors. UTC also launched a new company website and updated logo, as well as approved new officers for the 2016 – 2017 board year.



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May 17, 2016 | Comments
The Wi-SUN Alliance released its specification for field area networks (FAN). The specification brings interoperable, multivendor smart ubiquitous networks (SUN) to enterprise, service providers and municipalities needing an open standards-based networking solution for applications including advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation, infrastructure management, intelligent transportation systems and smart street lighting.



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May 16, 2016 | Comments
Finnish authorities and the national public-safety operator VIRVE will share their practical experience during the Critical Communications World (CCW) 2016 in Amsterdam 31 May – 2 June.



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May 13, 2016 | Comments
GeoComm completed a multiyear statewide seamless base map project with North Dakota’s Department of Emergency Services (DES). This project, which began in 2012, included building road centerline and address point layers for each of the 53 counties in the state.



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May 13, 2016 | Comments
Eight police departments and six university campuses deployed power technology from Impact Power Technologies (IPT) that the company said maximizes LMR performance. Agency officials said LifeSaver series batteries consistently last 20 – 40 hours on a single charge, depending on the types of radios used.



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May 13, 2016 | Comments
The FCC granted an extension request by the state of Washington until Dec. 31 to complete rebanding of its 800 MHz public-safety communications system. Sprint filed a request to condition the waiver , which asked the FCC to require Washington to file progress reports using a template provided by Sprint.



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May 13, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) completed 55 state single points of contact (SPOC) engagement meetings between January and April. The meetings re-engaged FirstNet officials with the SPOCs and their leadership teams to lay the groundwork for the remainder of consultation activities in 2016 and future state plans.



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May 12, 2016 | Comments
Aviat Networks reported financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended April 1. The company reported total revenues of $60.4 million, compared with $74.8 million in the corresponding year-ago period.



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May 12, 2016 | Comments
Top international policymakers from the world’s information and communications technology (ICT) regulatory authorities and leading technology companies are meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to discuss the enormous opportunities ICTs offer for accelerating global socio-economic development. The largest annual gathering of ICT policy specialists from the public and private sectors, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR), emphasizes peer-to-peer debate, knowledge exchange and best practice.



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May 12, 2016 | Comments
Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin launched a new take on the Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) annual year in review. The interactive, web-based report provides a guided tour of S&T’s successes and developments during 2015.



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May 11, 2016 | Comments
GammaTech Computer and Precision Mounting Technologies (PMT) expanded their partnership in which PMT designs, develops and delivers unique vehicle docks, universal cradles and mounting infrastructure products specifically for use with GammaTech's Durabook rugged R11 tablet computer.



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May 11, 2016 | Comments
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau released a public notice reminding mariners of marine radio rules protecting public safety.



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May 11, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) made available the draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) for the East Region. FirstNet also announced a series of public meetings to be held throughout the East to receive comments on the draft PEIS.



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May 11, 2016 | Comments
A First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) executive said that although the entity is accepting additional data from states, the data will not be incorporated into FirstNet’s acquisition process or considered for proposal evaluations.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet announced a A$63 million (US$46.3 million) investment in 2016 – 17 to enhance the critical communications infrastructure servicing the state’s emergency, law enforcement and essential services agencies.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, which marks the establishment of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 1865, will be celebrated 17 May. An opening ceremony at ITU in Geneva, Switzerland will be followed by keynote addresses and an interactive panel discussion bringing together leading academics, incubators and entrepreneurs to discuss the significance of information communications technology (ICT) entrepreneurship to create social impact.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
Joseph J. Euteneuer joined Rivada Networks as co-CEO and chief financial officer (CFO) Americas. Euteneuer will work alongside Executive Chairman and Co-CEO Declan Ganley.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
John Birch was named Southwest region radio communications consultant for Black & Veatch’s telecommunications business. He previously served as managing consultant for RCC Consultants, acquired by Black & Veatch in August 2015.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the University of North Dakota (UND) announced a three-year cooperative research and development (R&D) agreement designed to explore the uses of unmanned aerial technology, as well as mitigations for possible misuse.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
Sepura signed an exclusive technical partnership agreement with Erebus Motorsport in Australia to develop the use of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) technology within the motorsport arena. The collaboration will see Erebus use Sepura products throughout 2016, for both its GT and V8 Supercar programs.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
In an Australian federal government report that includes 10 recommendations, one of the recommendations is that public-safety communications systems be recognized as “critical infrastructure.” The “Smart ICT” report includes an inquiry into the role of smart information communications technology (ICT) in designing and planning infrastructure.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
More than 30 state chief information officers (CIOs) and state technology policy officials participated in the National Association of State Chief Information (NASCIO) 2016 fly-in last week, where they had the opportunity to advocate for NASCIO’s 2016 priorities.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
Zuercher Technologies, a TriTech company, acquired EmergiTech for an undisclosed sum. The companies share a company vision of a single public-safety software focus and customer satisfaction, a statement said.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
A new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) examines the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), saying the governance approach might be too federal-centric and not give enough power to the states.



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May 10, 2016 | Comments
RadioResource Media Group welcomed associate editor Taryn Walker to its staff in early April.



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May 09, 2016 | Comments
Ceragon Networks reported revenues of $59.8 million in the first quarter of 2016, down 36 percent from the same period last year and 21 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015.



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May 09, 2016 | Comments
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) awarded Harris a five-year, $405 million ceiling, single-award follow-on indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.



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May 09, 2016 | Comments
The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) announced that it will introduce and begin testing a new version of the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS).



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May 06, 2016 | Comments
Mark Kroh was named president of the BearCom Group. He has served for nearly 30 years in executive roles at Motorola, Motorola Solutions and Zebra Technologies. Jerry Denham, who previously held the joint title of president and CEO, remains with the company as CEO.



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May 06, 2016 | Comments
Sierra Wireless reported results for its first quarter ending March 31. Revenue for the first quarter of 2016 was $142.8 million, a decrease of 5.1 percent compared with $150.4 million in the first quarter of 2015.



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May 06, 2016 | Comments
xG Technology gained a new patent covering an advanced employment of multiple input multiple output (MIMO) antennas that improves wireless communications. The patent, "MIMO Antenna Design Used in Fading Environments," describes an intelligent antenna design than helps maintain robust, reliable and resilient links despite adverse spectral conditions.



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May 06, 2016 | Comments
The California High-Speed Rail Authority acquired exclusive rights to spectrum covering the lower section of the state from Access Spectrum for the development of secure and reliable train communications systems. These systems include features such as positive train control (PTC), a mandated collision avoidance technology.



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May 06, 2016 | Comments
Sepura was chosen to provide Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier 2 systems for five of the palaces cared for by independent charity Historic Royal Palaces (HRP).



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May 06, 2016 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), an association representing manufacturers and suppliers of high-technology communications networks, announced five new members to its board of directors. TIA also said four organizations, including the U.S. Coast Guard, joined as members.



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May 06, 2016 | Comments
Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) announced its annual UTC awards in Denver at the UTC Telecom & Technology 2016 conference May 5.



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May 06, 2016 | Comments
PowerTrunk filed a statement in response to a footnote in the FCC’s April 25 report and order on the H emission mask use in 800 MHz National Public Safety Planning and Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) channels.



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May 06, 2016 | Comments
Motorola Solutions reported financial results for the first quarter of 2016. The company reported sales of $1.2 billion, down 2 percent from a year ago, including $22 million of unfavorable foreign currency impact and $61 million in revenues associated with the Airwave acquisition.



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May 05, 2016 | Comments
Operations in Brazil and Chile will now be connected through a single and more secure network, as a managed service operated by Motorola Solutions, according to the company.



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May 05, 2016 | Comments
Relm Wireless reported revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, presenting a 41 percent-growth of two-way radio from the prior year’s first quarter.



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May 05, 2016 | Comments
SIGFOX plans to expand its network in 100 cities across the U.S. this year to improve Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity.



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May 05, 2016 | Comments
NICE Systems announced its first quarter financial results ended March 31, 2016 and total revenues were $226 million, up 4.3 percent year over year.



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May 05, 2016 | Comments
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced tentative agenda items for the agency's open commission meeting at 10:30 a.m. on May 25 at the FCC headquarters in Washington D.C.



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May 05, 2016 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) joined with 12 other technology trade associations from around the country to announce a first-ever technology sector presidential platform to to outline a specific high-tech agenda for the U.S.



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May 04, 2016 | Comments
The South African wine region of Stellenbosch and its municipal area chose mission-critical radio terminals from Airbus Defence and Space for its public safety personnel. Over the next five years, Airbus Defence and Space will provide P8GR pagers as well as TH1n, THR9 Ex and THR880i model radios. Police officers and firefighters will use the radios and pagers to communicate more safely and efficiently in an area that covers about 830 square kilometers.



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May 04, 2016 | Comments
Ingram Micro will distribute Getac's range of rugged tablets to the mobility sector across Western Europe.



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May 04, 2016 | Comments
Norsat International reported revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 of $9.6 million, a 14 percent increase from the $8.4 million the company took in for the same quarter last year.



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May 04, 2016 | Comments
Spectrum Communications was named a Motorola Solutions Empower Circle winner for 2015. The honor recognizes local independent distributors, resellers and dealers of Motorola products for outstanding sales performance and customer service.



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May 03, 2016 | Comments
The 9-1-1 Location Technologies Test Bed invited U.S. non-nationwide wireless carriers and vendors of new or emerging location information technologies to participate in the 9-1-1 Location Technologies Indoor Test Bed 2016.



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May 03, 2016 | Comments
Harris reported revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 of $1.91 billion, compared with $1.19 billion in the prior year.



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May 03, 2016 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) filed comments with the FCC stating that, under certain conditions, it would not object to a waiver request submitted by the state of Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS). The state requested to use an 800 MHz business/industrial/land transportation (B/ILT) pool channel for statewide “simplex car-to-car communications” and “tactical field operations” in connection with temporary fixed base stations.



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May 03, 2016 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) filed comments with the FCC stating that, under certain conditions, it would not object to a waiver request submitted by the state of Tennessee’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS). The state requested to use an 800 MHz business/industrial/land transportation (B/ILT) pool channel for statewide “simplex car-to-car communications” and “tactical field operations” in connection with temporary fixed base stations.



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May 02, 2016 | Comments
The European Commission (EC) April 27 signed a contract to fund the BROADMAP project, coordinated by the Public Safety Communication Europe (PSCE) Forum. The project comprises a team of 15 public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) end user organizations working together to define the future of interoperable broadband applications, services, networks and devices.



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May 02, 2016 | Comments
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is modernizing and investing in its infrastructure to deliver marine communications and traffic services (MCTS) at strategic locations across the country.



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May 02, 2016 | Comments
Westin Engineering awarded Federal Engineering a subcontract to perform the radio construction administration of the microwave and UHF portion of a multi-year, multimillion-dollar remote station monitoring and control project for a large, industry-leading sanitation district.



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