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February 10, 2016 | Comments
The Joint SAFECOM and National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Funding and Sustainment Committee launched several new documents for public safety to use regarding the challenges they face securing and sustaining funding to build, improve, expand and support the ongoing costs of public-safety communications systems.



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February 10, 2016 | Comments
Rivada Networks hired Conor Allen as senior vice president and head of market technology. Allen previously served as global head of core engineering and research and development (R&D) at NYSE Technologies.



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February 10, 2016 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-8.12 Engineering Committee on Two Slot TDMA issued a call for interest for document TIA-102.BBAD, initially titled “Two-Slot TDMA Control Channel MAC Layer Specification.” The committee is developing guidelines that specify the media access control (MAC) layer protocol for a logical control channel on the Um2 interface.



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February 09, 2016 | Comments
The Polk County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office selected Spok’s critical alerting solution to enhance emergency communications among first responders and other employees. The new solution will allow county staff to quickly and reliably reach emergency responders, the sheriff’s office, and specialized teams such as underwater search and rescue.



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February 09, 2016 | Comments
Sierra Wireless partnered with Duke Energy and other technology companies to form the Coalition of the Willing (COW-II) initiative to implement and test a microgrid solution in Mount Holly, North Carolina. The COW-II is focused on establishing a power grid that is simple and cost effective to operate by enabling advanced interoperability between disparate monitoring and control systems in the utility’s smart grid.



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February 09, 2016 | Comments
SEE Telecom will provide the in-building radio coverage system for the TETRA communications network in the Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre and Al Salam Palace in Kuwait.



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February 09, 2016 | Comments
The city of San Diego deployed CalAmp’s AVL system in city-owned vehicles.



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February 09, 2016 | Comments
Relm Wireless received an order totaling about $4.2 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Project 25 (P25) portable radio accessories, including batteries and microphones. These accessories will supplement those that are already in the process of being deployed by DHS.



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February 09, 2016 | Comments
President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request provides $40.6 billion in net discretionary funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The budget includes a total of $2 billion in grants funding to prepare state and local governments to prevent, mitigate, protect against, respond to and recover from incidents of terrorism and other catastrophic events.



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February 09, 2016 | Comments
AT&T and Nokia announced a new option for utilities to build a private, secure Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The solution combines AT&T spectrum with Nokia LTE Technology.



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February 08, 2016 | Comments
Raytheon was awarded a $135 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) contract modification to upgrade air traffic control systems at the final 22 airports of the Standard Terminal Automation System (STARS). Implementation of STARS at the 22 sites will complete the NextGen terminal automation modernization of every major FAA National Air Space (NAS) facility by December 2019.



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February 08, 2016 | Comments
TETRA technology from Airbus Defence and Space supported the 52nd Munich Security Conference. The municipal utility operator Stadtwerke München operates a secure digital network under a three-year contract supporting the conference from 2016 to 2018.



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February 08, 2016 | Comments
The city of Mesa/Mesa Utilities in Arizona awarded Federal Engineering a contract to assist with the analysis and upgrade of its supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) backbone network.



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February 05, 2016 | Comments
RigNet completed the acquisition of Orgtec, doing business as TECNOR, a provider of telecommunications solutions and services for remote sites on land, sea and air in Mexico. These services are provided to industrial, commercial and private users in a variety of segments from mission-critical armed forces and oil and gas operations, to commercial fishing and leisure.



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February 05, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) reappointed Harlin McEwen as chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).



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February 05, 2016 | Comments
Sierra Wireless reported results for its fourth quarter and full year ending Dec. 31.



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February 05, 2016 | Comments
House lawmakers told FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler they are concerned with the commission’s reporting on broadband deployment, video competition and mobile wireless competition in a letter. The leaders are concerned that the lack of consistent reporting has “been used to justify commission actions to intervene in seemingly competitive markets.



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February 05, 2016 | Comments
A 700 MHz band 14 supplier deployed a live public-safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for Super Bowl City, an area in San Francisco hosting exhibits, concerts and public entertainment.



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February 04, 2016 | Comments
Cybersecurity will be highlighted at International Wireless Communication Expo (IWCE), scheduled March 21 – 25 in Las Vegas. As more critical systems become connected it also means that communications technology infrastructures are more vulnerable to hacking and cyber attacks.



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February 04, 2016 | Comments
Westell Technologies announced results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended Dec. 31.



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February 04, 2016 | Comments
Tait Communications appointed Ross Spearman as its new chief technology officer (CTO), as the company said it strengthens its position in research and development (R&D) for the critical communications industry.



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February 04, 2016 | Comments
Nokia is showcasing a concept for the safe operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) via Long Term Evolution (LTE) at an event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). An LTE network is a secure foundation for network operators, governments and public-safety authorities to monitor and control drones, a Nokia statement said.



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February 04, 2016 | Comments
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with local law-enforcement officials and the National Football League (NFL) security team to oversee the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) security operations that will help ensure the safety and security of employees, players and fans during Super Bowl 50.



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February 03, 2016 | Comments
The IJIS Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing, announced Paul Wormeli as the recipient of the 2016 Robert P. Shumate National Public Safety and Justice Contributor to Excellence Award.



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February 03, 2016 | Comments
The FCC announced it will begin accepting applications for the operation of VHF mobile repeaters March 15. Under amended rules adopted last year, applications for vehicular repeater systems (VRS) and other mobile repeaters will be accepted on six frequencies — 173.2375, 173.2625, 173.2875, 173.3125, 173.3375 and 173.3625 MHz.



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February 02, 2016 | Comments
Harris announced that it will offer an all-digital navigation payload for GPS III Space Vehicles (SV) 11 and beyond.



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February 02, 2016 | Comments
CalAmp entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of LoJack for $6.45 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at about $134 million. CalAmp will fund the acquisition with existing cash on hand.



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February 02, 2016 | Comments
Harris named Rahul Ghai, senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Ghai succeeds Mick Lopez, who is leaving Harris to pursue other opportunities.



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February 02, 2016 | Comments
The city of Toronto selected Buffalo Computer Graphics’ (BCG) DisasterLAN (DLAN) as its crisis incident management system (CIMS).



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February 02, 2016 | Comments
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-8.11 Engineering Committee on Antenna Systems issued a call for interest for document TSB-179-A, initially titled “Terrestrial Land Mobile Radio-Antenna Systems-Total Antenna System Return Loss Measurements-Addendum 1.



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February 02, 2016 | Comments
New Jersey demonstrated JerseyNet, its early builder Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) project, during its initial consultation meeting with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) last year.



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February 02, 2016 | Comments
Harris reported revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 of $1.84 billion, compared with $1.21 billion in the prior year. GAAP loss from continuing operations was $135 million compared with GAAP income from continuing operations of $139 million in the prior year.



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February 01, 2016 | Comments
xG Technology completed its acquisition of Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) announced last month. The acquisition was completed using debt financing from the seller and will require payoff during the next 18 months.



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February 01, 2016 | Comments
The FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) Chief David Simpson wrote a blog offering information for public-safety answering points (PSAPs) on cybersecurity.



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February 01, 2016 | Comments
The FCC announced that Roger C. Sherman, chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, will leave the commission at the end of February. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler intends to name Jon Wilkins, the FCC’s managing director, as his replacement.



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February 01, 2016 | Comments
After 12 weeks of testing, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) unveiled lessons learned from a Chicago Long Term Evolution (LTE) pilot conducted with first responders.



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February 01, 2016 | Comments
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) established local control and identity and credential and access management (ICAM) task teams.



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February 01, 2016 | Comments
The city and county of San Francisco will activate its emergency operations center (EOC) to coordinate city services and regional, state and federal partners for Super Bowl 50 events in San Francisco, which began Jan. 30 and will continue through Feb. 7.



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February 01, 2016 | Comments
Global imports of information and communications technology (ICT) goods increased by only 1 percent in 2014, the latest year for which figures are available, the lowest rate of growth compared with the preceding five years, newly released United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) data show.



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