How Two-Way Radios Work: Whiteboard Video

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

For all of you visual learners out there, we’ve got something special: a whiteboard video that demystifies two-way radios, how they work, the five kinds of systems available and what features and functionality your team will come to rely on.

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Tags: Motorola Solutions, Radio System, MOTOTRBO, Digital Two-Way Radios, Digital

Why FirstNet Is Taking So Long

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, August 22, 2016

Even by February 2013, then-FirstNet Board Chair Sam Ginn was already feeling pressure to move more quickly, as evidenced by his statement after the group’s meeting that month:

“The FirstNet Board has been hard at work now for five months, laying the groundwork for what will be one of the largest telecommunications networks ever built,” Ginn said. “We understand the enormity of our task at hand, and the urgency to get it done as expeditiously as possible. But we want to get it right.”

That was more than three and a half years ago, and people across government, public safety, the wireless industry and the public are still asking why FirstNet is taking so long. The answer is almost as complex as FirstNet itself, but let’s take a look at some of the factors – and why there’s reason to hope.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications, Interoperability

Can Two-Way Radios Be Hacked?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Can two-way radios be hacked? As the formidable New York Police Department recently found out the hard way, the answer is yes. And, unfortunately, it’s easier than you might think.

According to media reports, a man familiar with police lingo and language made his way on to the department’s radio frequency and asked to be patched through to the duty captain for the Midtown South Precinct in Manhattan. Once he had the captain’s attention, the man issued a chilling death threat, one that he repeated to other captains across the city in the same manner.

While officers wondered whether the man had somehow gotten his hands on a police radio, experts in the radio field had another theory – he’d hacked a store-bought device.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Public Safety Communications

360 Degree Video Camera Not Just for Surveillance Anymore

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

As a surveillance tool, the 360 degree video camera is hard to beat for its sweeping coverage of nearly every angle of a wide area, and now the technology is poised to take other spheres by storm, from consumer electronics to social media.

Axis network cameras are some of the most impressive on the surveillance camera market, offering 360 degree views when mounted on a ceiling and panoramic coverage when placed on a wall. The Axis cameras will connect to any IP network, including the internet, and allow for remote, real-time viewing and recording from anywhere. For enhanced surveillance, those features and others – including motion and audio detection – make Axis the gold standard for everything from retail settings to schools.
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Tags: Video Surveillance

Hotel Wireless More Important Than Breakfast And Parking, Says Survey

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

If you’re looking to woo more guests to your property – and who isn’t? – a new survey suggests that stepping up your hotel wireless should be a candidate for the top of your to-do list: The Red Roof Inn survey says free and fast hotel wireless is more important to travelers than parking, complimentary breakfast or even location.

The survey of 800 economy and mid-tier travelers nationwide was conducted in late May 2016 by Research+Data Insights and commissioned by economy lodging leader Red Roof Inn. Respondents ranked free WiFi a close second only to cost as their top consideration when booking a hotel stay.
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Tags: Hospitality, Wireless Networking

RoIP in Emergency Response: 5 Use Cases

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, August 8, 2016

Every public safety agency or safety officer has their own tragic stories of lives lost, injuries sustained or massive damage done because of unreliable or incompatible communications during an emergency response -- but ROIP is changing that.

Radio over IP, or RoIP, works the same as Voice over IP (VoIP) and adds some radio-specific controls and functionality, such as frequency change, radio identification and Push-to-Talk (PTT). Both VOIP and ROIP work by converting the sound of your voice into a digital signal that travels over your existing network or the internet.

As more agencies are considering ROIP a basic part of their public safety communications solution, one of the main benefits they say they’re looking for is a reduction or even elimination of tragedies caused by bad communications.

What that in mind, here are five emergency response use cases for ROIP:

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Tags: Public Safety Communications, Interoperability, Digital Two-Way Radios

Teldio's TruFleet is Now iBeacon Compatible for Indoor & Outdoor Positioning

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Monitoring your mobile workforce wherever their work takes them – whether outdoors or indoors – just got easier thanks to TruFleet’s new compatibility with iBeacon Bluetooth technology. The TruFleet tracking system, used across industries for its ability to track MotoTRBO radios on the go, now offers seamless integration between iBeacon and GPS to locate workers as they move between vehicles and environments.

With TruFleet, workers’ location within 30-foot accuracy can be viewed in real time via a web browser on desktop computers, tablets or mobile phones. Dispatchers can “ping” radios to get an immediate update on their position, and text and status messages can be sent back and forth between dispatchers and radios for easy exchanges of information about traffic or appointment changes.

As your business, campus or organization grows, the solution can be tailored to meet your needs with easy scalability. As with any application, professional installation is your best bet, and you can expect your installation and deployment to take just a few hours.

Let’s take a look at TruFleet’s enhanced versatility:

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Tags: Technology, MOTOTRBO, GPS

Building Condition Assessment: Is Your New Facility Communications - Ready?

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

If you're purchasing a new facility and about to do a building condition assessment, you're probably expecting that assessment to cover the facility’s structural and maintenance bases, but what about communications readiness? To make sure your assessment is painting as comprehensive a picture as possible, and to position you to meet your needs now and into the future, there are some key communications considerations to keep in mind.

Your users will be expecting instant and reliable connectivity from day one, whether they’re relying on wireless communications, cell phones or two-way radios. As you’re considering a property for your business, you’ll need a realistic assessment of whether it’ll support your communications needs or will require some help in the form of bi-directional amplifiers or other enhancements.

Here are some questions to keep in mind as you’re carrying out your assessment:

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Tags: Wireless Communication, Bi-Directional Amplifier, Wireless Networking, facilities management

Emergency Vehicle Equipment: Essential Features

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Members of the public rely on emergency assistance in some of the most challenging situations - and officers rely on their emergency vehicle equipment to be able to respond quickly and safely. Whether your department is outfitting or updating an emergency vehicle, some equipment features are essential.

Emergency vehicles are some of the most versatile and hardest-working modes of transportation on the road. They need to be high-tech, high visibility, and able to safely transport officers, prisoners and canines.

As you’re thinking about what equipment and capabilities you need, be sure to build in the time and resources for professional installation as the best way to ensure that everything is handled appropriately. After all, your vehicles – and everyone’s safety – depend on it. Products may promise easy installation, but having a trained installer on hand means you can focus on job number one.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most essential features for emergency vehicle equipment.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications, Maintenance/Installation/Service

Advanced Mobile Location Boosts Emergency Communications Equipment

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, July 25, 2016

As emergency communications equipment has lagged behind consumer technology, everyone from global governments to telecom companies and cell phone manufacturers has been collaborating to bridge the gap, particularly when it comes to pinpointing emergency callers’ locations. In the UK, a new technology known as Advanced Mobile Location, or AML, is showing promise as a public safety game changer.

AML is the product of a collaboration between British Telecom, the European Emergency Number Association and handset maker HTC. In a case study of the project, officials said the new solution immediately improved location accuracy levels “by over 4,000 times” vs. the legacy systems.

No major capital investment from any of the stakeholders was required to launch AML, and its low cost and effectiveness give it the potential to join all the essentials that local governments need in their public safety budgets.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications