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November 04, 2016 | Comments
Although the concept of IoT is just beginning to surface as a household phrase, the concept isn’t new. It has been around for many decades, in what I will term the “internet of things that matter,” things such as remote controlling compressors that deliver natural gas to New York City, analyzing pressures and flows on an oil pipeline in real time to detect even small leaks, inter-linking circuit breakers at various substations to react quickly to prevent a fault from escalating to a larger area and others.

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November 03, 2016 | Comments
New Zealand utility Powerco selected Zetron to design and deliver a new integrated system to strengthen Powerco’s communications and improve worker safety in the field.

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November 01, 2016 | Comments
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and partners are spotlighting the importance of securing U.S. critical infrastructure during November with Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR) month.

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October 31, 2016 | Comments
PowerTrunk, part of the Sepura Group, was awarded a contract to expand the TETRA network of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).

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October 27, 2016 | Comments
Kenneth Hill, senior project manager at PPL Infrastructure Services, joined the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) board of governors. Hill was appointed to serve on the board seat reserved for the utilities technology sector of the industry.

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October 25, 2016 | Comments
Last week the FCC denied a request to extend the construction deadlines for certain Part 22 paging licenses, which terminated more than 2,100 licenses. The FCC has become less lenient regarding construction requirements for Part 22 auction licenses, which could free spectrum warehoused by speculators for mission-critical communications entities.

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October 25, 2016 | Comments
The Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) filed comments supporting a waiver request from American Electric Power (AEP) to use 800 MHz Sprint-vacated frequencies that normally would not be available to critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities until after Feb. 10, 2018. AEP noted in its waiver request that no public-safety entity has applied for the Sprint-vacated spectrum in the required coverage area.

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October 20, 2016 | Comments
Florida Power & Light (FPL), the nation's third-largest electric utility, will transition from its legacy analog radio communications system to a Harris Project 25 (P25) digital network for its 3,000-plus employees who work in the field. The integrated system will include Harris command center dispatch consoles, digital handheld radios, and the BeOn push-to-talk (PTT) platform for integration of narrowband and broadband solutions.

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October 18, 2016 | Comments
Senet, a North American provider of public, low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) for long-range (LoRa)-based internet of things (IoT) applications, announced coverage in 10 additional major U.S. metropolitan areas.

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October 18, 2016 | Comments
Utilities Technology Council (UTC) President and CEO Joy Ditto said the group has its eye on a waiver request in the fixed service 6 GHz band and a pending 900 MHz realignment petition, both of which could negatively impact members

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