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May 10, 2016 | Comments
In its second meeting, the Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) advisory panel (AP) members outlined next steps for the P25 interoperability program, sometimes disagreeing with vendors over the best way to move forward.

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May 03, 2016 | Comments
The state of Washington filed a scathing response to a Sprint request to condition the state’s waiver request for an extension until the end of the year to complete its 800 MHz rebanding efforts. On April 5, the state of Washington asked to extend a previously granted waiver for a time extension to complete rebanding by the end of the year. Three sites out of nearly 130 remain to be rebanded, and radio reprogramming can’t begin until all the sites are complete.

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May 02, 2016 | Comments
The world’s satellite navigation systems have undergone upgrades and new launches during the past several years. The four major positioning systems have all been bolstered with updated satellites that provide longer service, updated functionality and interoperability with other navigation systems.

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April 26, 2016 | Comments
The Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC) held its annual meeting April 12 in Washington, D.C. LMCC is a nonprofit association of organizations that represent the wireless communications interests of public safety, critical infrastructure, business,industrial, transportation, private and common carriers, and manufacturers of wireless communications equipment. Several 800 MHz items are reported nearing completion by the commission.

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April 18, 2016 | Comments
An industry group is working to standardize two-way radio and Long Term Evolution (LTE) interworking capabilities and submitted a study item to the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) SA6 for potential inclusion in LTE Release 14 or 15. The study item is the first step in pushing the issue of interworking PMR/LMR and LTE networks higher on the priority list for 3GPP LTE public-safety requirements.

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April 18, 2016 | Comments
Derek K. Poarch is the executive director and CEO of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International. APCO has 10 departments, each with a director who reports to Poarch. The association has 56 full-time employees in two offices — Daytona Beach, Florida, and Alexandria, Virginia.

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April 14, 2016 | Comments
JPS Interoperability Solutions will open for business April 15. Don Scott, one of the three founders of JPS Communications, and a group of investors acquired the assets of the former JPS Communications and created the new company with about 20 former JPS employees.

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April 11, 2016 | Comments
The recently formed Project 25 (P25) Compliance Assessment Program (CAP) advisory panel held its first meeting in February and plans to release several compliance assessment bulletins (CABs) in coming weeks. After the new CABs are released, the eight P25 CAP laboratories must be re-accredited.

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April 04, 2016 | Comments
There was a renewed buzz around the annual British APCO (B-APCO) event held in Telford, United Kingdom, 22-23 March with huge interest from emergency services professionals and suppliers for the specific sessions relating to the Emergency Services Network (ESN).

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April 01, 2016 | Comments
When considering the potential of an opt-out implementation or alternative radio access network (RAN) for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) national public-safety broadband network, states should always keep in mind what is best for public safety, several industry insiders said during a panel on the topic at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE).

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