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July 27, 2016 | Comments
EF Johnson Technologies is giving away an ATLAS trunked system software package to 25 qualified customers — a total value of $2.5 million.



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July 27, 2016 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) announced plans to launch an exclusive-use channel validation program that will verify the accuracy of all business/industrial applications that certify exclusive-use channels in the bands below 470 MHz.



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July 26, 2016 | Comments
LaaSer Critical Communications’ proprietary caller location determination technology earned U.S. patent No. 9,402,159, which covers the systems and methods of LaaSer's location determination and emergency call-routing technology.



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July 26, 2016 | Comments
The FCC’s Technological Advisory Council (TAC), an advisory group to the FCC operating under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, is investigating changes and trends to the radio spectrum noise floor to determine if there is an increasing noise problem. If so, TAC will address the scope and quantitative evidence of such problems and how a noise study should be performed.



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July 26, 2016 | Comments
President Obama released a presidential policy directive (PPD) on cybersecurity that outlines federal government responsibility for cybersecurity and for cyber incidents.



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July 26, 2016 | Comments
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) described in a blog the process for allocating spectrum for fighting wildfires.



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July 25, 2016 | Comments
Preethi Pillaipakkam was hired as business director – public safety communications for Black & Veatch’s telecommunications business.



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July 25, 2016 | Comments
The city of Casa Grande, Arizona, awarded Federal Engineering an agreement to provide ongoing dispatch and LMR consulting services in support of its system upgrade process.



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July 25, 2016 | Comments
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced the standard occupational classification policy committee’s (SOCPC) recommendations for revising the standard occupational classification (SOC), under which public-safety telecommunicators would continue to be designated as office and administrative support occupations. These preliminary recommendations go against comments from lawmakers, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) and other public-safety groups advocating that public-safety telecommunicators be categorized as a protective service occupation.



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July 25, 2016 | Comments
The FCC announced the rollout schedule for the new version of the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS) platform. Under Part 4 of the Commission’s rules, providers of wireless, wireline, cable, satellite communications, and interconnected VoIP services must report significant disruptions or outages to their communications systems.



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July 22, 2016 | Comments
As part of its preparations for the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) scheduled to convene in 2019, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the appointment of Thomas C. Power as chair and Christopher J. Murphy as vice chair of the FCC’s advisory committee for WRC-19. The Committee will be tasked with providing advice, technical support and recommended proposals on matters relating to the WRC-19.



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July 21, 2016 | Comments
Priority Dispatch and Professional Pride teamed to bring ProQA users an enhanced training experience with a new version of the 9-1-1 Reality PLUS ProQA multitasking phone and radio simulator.



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July 21, 2016 | Comments
The Queensland Police Service (QPS) in Australia, the third-largest police agency in the country, purchased 2,200 body-worn cameras from Taser International’s Australian subsidiary, along with a three-year subscription to the company’s cloud solution.



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July 21, 2016 | Comments
Houston firm ABR Industries was invited to participate in a training exercise for the Harris County, Texas, Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HCOHSEM). The agency’s focus is on emergency preparedness and response for the greater Houston area.



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July 21, 2016 | Comments
AceAxis signed a development and manufacturing agreement with Thales, under which it will adapt its remote radio head (RRH) design for use in a system providing broadband internet connectivity to passengers onboard commercial aircraft.



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July 21, 2016 | Comments
Comtech Telecommunications was awarded a five-year contract with a potential value of about $45 million to provide a statewide next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) emergency services IP network (ESInet) in Washington state.



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July 21, 2016 | Comments
The FCC extended the reply comment filing date for its public notice seeking to update and refresh the record on LightSquared’s 2012 petition for rulemaking. LightSquared has since changed its name to Ligado.



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July 21, 2016 | Comments
Sepura said it was formally contracted to supply a TETRA network for New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) under a US$34 million deal it first announced in February.



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July 20, 2016 | Comments
Alice Johnson, product manager for Zetron’s MAX call-taking system, was selected to serve on two public-safety industry committees. She was chosen by the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT)/Integrated Justice Information Institute (IJIS) to serve on the text-to-9-1-1 translation project, and by the Association of Public?Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International to serve on its Standards Development Committee training subcommittee.



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July 20, 2016 | Comments
The Ventura County (California) Sheriff’s Office purchased 325 body-worn cameras from Taser International. The order was received and shipped in the second quarter.



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July 20, 2016 | Comments
Georgia's DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of 600 body cameras from Utility. The wearable body cameras will outfit the entire uniform division to enhance transparency, accountability and officer safety.



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July 20, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) announced it is holding a federal forum focused on operations along the southwest border of the United States and has plans for future forums in other regions of the U.S.



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July 20, 2016 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International both filed letters with the FCC objecting to a recommendation that the 4.9 GHz band be opened to consumers.



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July 19, 2016 | Comments
The command-and-control room and public-safety answering point (PSAP) market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 7.1 percent from $5.4 billion in 2015 to reach $7.6 billion in 2020, according to IHS Markit.



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July 19, 2016 | Comments
Using a special vehicle equipped with a mobile Long Term Evolution (LTE) security solution, Motorola Solutions created a dedicated network to demonstrate the benefits that broadband communications bring to airports, logistics operations and public safety in Brazil’s Federal District and São Paulo.



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July 19, 2016 | Comments
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a public notice outlining the alternative path states could take to connect to the First Responder Network Authority’s (FirstNet) nationwide public-safety broadband network.



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July 18, 2016 | Comments
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the emergency alert system (EAS) Sept. 28 at 2:20 p.m. EST. A secondary test date is scheduled for Oct. 5 if necessary.



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July 18, 2016 | Comments
Europe’s nExt generation eMergencY commuNicatiOnS (EMYNOS) project released its latest newsletter with a case study on Estonia, information on a French terror alert app and details about an upcoming workshop.



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July 18, 2016 | Comments
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) released a new guide on radio communications for the fire service. The 97-page guide offers 10 sections covering from why the fire service is different from other first responders to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).



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July 15, 2016 | Comments
During the past several months, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has ramped up its outreach and consultation efforts, participating in 27 state and territory governance body meetings this year. FirstNet is also developing an interoperability compliance matrix to ensure interoperability of state-deployed radio access networks (RANs) with the nationwide network.



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July 15, 2016 | Comments
The Obama administration announced new funding and private-sector partnerships for wireless research to build on the FCC’s Spectrum Frontiers rules that open nearly 11 gigahertz of spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile and fixed-use wireless.



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July 15, 2016 | Comments
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate looked at the cost of a Senate bill that would direct the FCC to study ways to enhance access to telecommunications services during emergencies when mobile service is unavailable. The study said the cost to implement the provisions would be negligible.



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July 15, 2016 | Comments
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) program held a demonstration highlighting innovative technologies to improve communications and situational awareness of first responders during disasters and critical incidents.



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July 15, 2016 | Comments
The board of governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation awarded funding to two projects to help first responders.



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July 14, 2016 | Comments
The FCC adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next-generation wireless services, the commission said.



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July 14, 2016 | Comments
The Minneapolis Police Department purchased 628 body cameras from Taser International, along with its digital evidence management solution. The order was received in the first quarter and shipped in the second quarter of 2016.



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July 14, 2016 | Comments
New Orleans incorporated a new video and audio management simplification tool for local law enforcement agencies and police officers who use body cameras. The Orleans Parish District Attorney's office signed a two-year contract with Vu Digital, a video metadata company, to use a completely transcribed and searchable video review tool.



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July 14, 2016 | Comments
Inmarsat and VT iDirect extended their long-term strategic partnership with the formation of a joint research and development (R&D) team – i2 — to support the development of next-generation satellite communications (satcom) technologies. The companies worked together during the past four years to develop the GX program.



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July 14, 2016 | Comments
Paul Scutieri, Black & Veatch sales director for public safety, was appointed to serve on two Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International committees.



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July 14, 2016 | Comments
Freedom Communication Technologies signed Steve Baroch of The NetMark Group to represent its line of LMR test equipment in the state of New Mexico.



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July 14, 2016 | Comments
The Energy and Commerce Committee passed by voice vote Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s “H.R. 1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015,” advancing the bill to the full House of Representatives.



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July 14, 2016 | Comments
Etherstack confirmed it will offer its Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tiers 2 and 3 Protocol Stack software integrated with existing DMR products from mixed-signal semiconductor company CML Microcircuits.



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July 13, 2016 | Comments
The San Jose (California) Police Department purchased 963 Axon Body 2 cameras from Axon, a business unit of Taser International. The police department also purchased a five-year subscription to the unlimited license tier of the company’s Evidence.com platform. The order was received in the second quarter and will be shipped in phases through the end of 2016.



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July 13, 2016 | Comments
Teleste announced it will deliver its S-VMX video management solution to upgrade and expand the video surveillance system of the Paris police authorities in France. The deployment will consist of video management hardware and software combined with engineering and support services. The order represents a new phase in Teleste's service offering to the Paris Prefecture de Police and IRIS, the contractual partner operating and managing the system, in the form of a public private partnership running until 2026.



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July 13, 2016 | Comments
Aviat Networks announced orders for approximately $5 million with a leading electric utility organization in Texas. Aviat will supply its Eclipse hybrid microwave networking platform, IRU 600 EHP and ODU 600 radios and ProVision management software. A multiyear maintenance and support agreement is also included.



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July 13, 2016 | Comments
Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, announced that it will grant $2.81 million to organizations to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with a focus on women and minorities.



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July 12, 2016 | Comments
L-3 Communications announced that its WESCAM division received an order from the Finnish Border Guard to provide electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems for installation on a number of Airbus H215 twin-engine helicopters.



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July 12, 2016 | Comments
The Sepura Group added two members to its executive team — Gary Aitkenhead, vice president devices, and Michelle Lamprecht, vice president marketing.



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July 12, 2016 | Comments
xG Technology entered into a teaming agreement with Abilis Solutions and Radio IP Software to include xMax broadband network technology in a secure wireless system for use by correctional agencies.



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July 12, 2016 | Comments
Nokia is working with the city of San Diego to enhance its public-safety communications network in support of critical services for the city's residents. The data network is providing backhaul capabilities for San Diego's Project 25 (P25) digital trunked radio system to help strengthen the responsiveness of the city's emergency personnel.



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July 12, 2016 | Comments
The FCC updated its rules so that Americans can receive more specific warnings through the emergency alert system (EAS) before extreme weather strikes. The amended rules add three new event codes that can be used to warn the public about the storm surges and extreme winds that may accompany hurricanes and other severe weather events.



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July 12, 2016 | Comments
U.K.-based critical communications company Team Telecom Global Group (TTG), which owns Simoco Group, entered into an agreement to dispose of one of its divisions, Indigo Telecom Group and its associated subsidiaries.



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July 12, 2016 | Comments
FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler used a House subcommittee hearing on FCC oversight to tell lawmakers again about “the urgent need to improve our 9-1-1 system” through next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) technology and funding.



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July 11, 2016 | Comments
Global surveillance firm IDIS and homeland security solutions provider Edge360 announced a successful proof of concept of the companies’ mobile public-safety video system during the city of Houston’s 2016 Freedom Over Texas Festival. The deployment during the Fourth of July weekend featured next-generation surveillance technology.



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July 11, 2016 | Comments
Sugar Land Public Safety Dispatch in Texas earned a two-year Total Response Reaccreditation for emergency call handling from PowerPhone. Reaccreditation demonstrates an agency's continued commitment to quality and accountability in emergency call handling and was awarded after an agency audit.



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July 11, 2016 | Comments
The city of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, awarded Federal Engineering (FE) a consulting contract to assist in the analysis, design, procurement and implementation of a new public-safety radio system for police and fire services.



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July 11, 2016 | Comments
The 800 MHz Transition Administrator certified that 800 MHz band reconfiguration is complete in two more National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) regions. The regions are 47 (Puerto Rico) and 48 (the U.S. Virgin Islands).



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July 08, 2016 | Comments
Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus Co-Chairs — Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Richard Burr and Reps. Anna Eshoo and John Shimkus — sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging OMB to revise the standard occupational classification (SOC) to accurately represent the complex and life-saving nature of the work performed by 9-1-1 professionals.



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July 08, 2016 | Comments
ITS America filed comments with the FCC stating that any sharing of the 5.9 GHz band with unlicensed devices should be permitted only if it can be shown that such sharing will not interfere with dedicated short range communications’ (DSRC) ability to protect and save lives.



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July 08, 2016 | Comments
In an email to the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC), the FCC clarified the loading criteria for vehicular repeater systems (VRS). Frequency advisory committees (FACs) had asked whether the loading should be based on portables working around the VRS, not the number of VRS.



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July 07, 2016 | Comments
JPS Interoperability Solutions appointed Arthur Powers vice president and general counsel. Prior to joining JPS, Powers served as vice president for JPS Communications, general counsel for Raytheon Company in Brazil, director of Brazil-based programs for Catholic Relief Services and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and an international lawyer with Baker & McKenzie.



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July 06, 2016 | Comments
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau reached a $2.4 million settlement with General Communication Inc. (GCI), resolving an investigation into five 9-1-1 service outages that occurred on the company’s wireless network in various parts of Alaska between August 2008 and April 2016. As part of the settlement, GCI agreed to strengthen its procedures for providing 9-1-1 service and to adopt robust compliance measures to ensure that it adheres to the FCC’s 9-1-1 service reliability and outage notification rules in the future.



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July 06, 2016 | Comments
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau reached a $2.4 million settlement with General Communication Inc. (GCI), resolving an investigation into five 9-1-1 service outages that occurred on the company’s wireless network in various parts of Alaska between August 2008 and April 2016. As part of the settlement, GCI agreed to strengthen its procedures for providing 9-1-1 service and to adopt robust compliance measures to ensure that it adheres to the FCC’s 9-1-1 service reliability and outage notification rules in the future.



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July 06, 2016 | Comments
Sepura said it will withdraw from its Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) operations, focusing instead on its TETRA offerings, naming the North American and global transportation sectors as focus areas. The company also plans to raise £65 million (US$84.2 million) in new capital to address increased debt following the acquisition of Teltronic in 2015.



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July 06, 2016 | Comments
Tetracom, a South Australian radio distributor, joined the CSE Global group of companies through a business acquisition. CSE Crosscom is a subsidiary of CSE Global and purchased the business of Tetracom.



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July 06, 2016 | Comments
Compliance Testing selected Chris Lougee to represent the company in the wireless technology industry. Lougee will coordinate outreach programs and coordination of product compliance testing, telecommunications certification bodies (TCB) certification filing, specific absorption rate (SAR) testing, Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) testing and P25 CAP interoperability testing events.



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July 06, 2016 | Comments
Teltronic, part of the Sepura Group, was selected by Alstom to provide radio equipment and network design for Sydney Light Rail’s new central business district (CBD) and Southeast Light Rail line.



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July 05, 2016 | Comments
Charlie Sasser is the new National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Spectrum Management Committee vice chair.



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July 05, 2016 | Comments
The Grant County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Office implemented PowerPhone's 9-1-1 call-handling system, which provides software, processes and training to help define and achieve a higher standard of emergency call handling.



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July 05, 2016 | Comments
Catalyst Communications Technologies announced a partnership with Great Dane Enterprises, a radio communications sales and marketing company focused on public-safety and Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) applications. Great Dane will represent Catalyst in the United States and Canada to its network of dealers and customers.



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July 05, 2016 | Comments
The National 911 Program released a request for information (RFI) to get input about establishing a nationally uniform data system to document 9-1-1 public-safety answering point (PSAP) call data and data related to the operation of local and state 9-1-1 systems. The deadline for comments is Sept. 28.



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July 01, 2016 | Comments
The Los Angeles City Council awarded Axon, a business unit of Taser International, a $28 million-contract to supply an additional 6,140 body cameras with a five-year subscription on both the Axon Officer Safety Plan (OSP) and unlimited license tiers to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Because of the contract, LAPD will be the largest police department in the country to make body cameras and Taser devices available to all front line officers, with an initial rollout starting in quarter three of 2016, Taser company officials said. The order was received in quarter 2 of 2016 and is expected to complete shipping in 2017.



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July 01, 2016 | Comments
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) will be developing North American requirements and high-level architecture specification for a Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS), using broadcast capabilities in cellular networks, company officials said. The effort was spawned in support of California's proposed EEWS and is anticipated to focus on a solution for the West Coast.



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July 01, 2016 | Comments
The Panama Canal has been a central link in the global supply chain for more than a century and, as of this year, the expanded waterway will double the amount of cargo it is able to handle, improving the efficiency, reliability and ease of international trade. To celebrate the expansion, the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) hosted public events at the new Atlantic and Pacific locks, which were attended by the authorities and leaders from 60 nations.



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July 01, 2016 | Comments
The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) unconditionally cleared Motorola Solutions’ acquisition of Airwave.



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