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

Chicago Communications' Wide Area Network Two-Way Radio System

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When ChiComm Account Executive Todd Niccum talks to customers about DispatchPlus, our wide area network application for MotoTrbo radios, they all have the same reaction: “I can't believe how clear the communication is between the radios.”

DispatchPlus was developed and brought to market by pdvWireless, whose chairman and vice chairman are co-founders of Nextel Communications. The strength of the Nextel brand has helped win over both cell phone customers looking to make the sensible switch to radios as well as non-Motorola radio users looking to step up their service, Niccum said.

“The superior voice quality isn’t matched by any other radio or cellular system,” he says. And when customers hear of pdvWireless’ history, they say, “’Ooh, I used to have Nextel, they work great.’”

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Radio System, MOTOTRBO, GPS, Digital Two-Way Radios, Push to Talk

5 Ways Your School Can Use Location Services Technology

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, January 11, 2016

Schools are changing. No, not just the curriculums they offer or the lessons they teach (though those are quite different today than they were even just ten years ago), but the ways in which they use technology to keep students safe, informed, and connected.

Today, many schools have adopted location services, a technology that operates off of a GPS-style system. Location services can be used for just about anything, from sending emergency updates and obtaining student locations to offering interactive campus tours and even notes and content. The benefits are clear, and with today’s students being supremely comfortable with all things technological, the rollout is widely appreciated and is something that students, staff, and parents can get excited about.

Here are five ways your school can use location services:

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Tags: Wireless Communication, Education, GPS

How GPS Enhances 9-1-1 Communications

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, July 20, 2015

As children, we were taught to call 9-1-1 whenever there is an emergency nearby. It is something that has been ingrained in us. We call them first for a reason: we expect them to help us, and help us quickly. But what if the police officer, firefighter or EMT paramedic was unable to respond to your crisis because they didn’t know how to get to your location? Thanks to GPS, we don't need to worry about that anymore.  

GPS (global positioning system) has taken the guesswork out of navigation and made directions immediately accessible. The accuracy of the system has made GPS an asset to military, stock market users and emergency responders. The atomic clock’s ability to be within a millisecond can provide this industry with the precision to make calculated decisions with confidence.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications, Safety Solutions, GPS

How Police Agencies Can Choose the Right Body Camera

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Today's law enforcement agencies are consistently faced with adopting new technologies in order to better serve and protect their communities. This past decade has produced such constant innovation and advancements in technology that most police agencies no longer struggle to adopt or adapt, but rather their biggest challenge is finding the right combination of technologies to incorporate into their department.

Most recently, on-the-body-cameras, or, bodycams, have joined the growing list of technologies for police agencies to consider. While other technologies typically aim to advance or improve the law enforcement's job, such as automated license plate readers, GPS applications, or even the use of social media as an investigative tool, police body cameras offer a whole new set of benefits and use-cases.

These benefits include:

  • Documenting evidence
  • Officer accountibility
  • Officer training
  • Strengthening department transparency to the public
  • Preventing and resolving public complaints
  • Capturing events from the police officer's point of view
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Tags: Public Safety Communications, GPS

5 Wireless Communication Topics You Should Know This Week 2/28/14

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Friday, February 28, 2014

We thought we’d round up some of the top highlights this week in the Communication world and give them to you in one place. Check out some buzz worthy stories happening in the wireless communication and public safety world!

1) Google Glass & Public Safety- Google Glass is a wearable technology (like a pair of glasses) with a head mounted display that would relay information to the officer’s line of sight, replicating a computer monitor. This would reduce the time an officer spends on having to radio in information, while waiting to obtain an answer. NYPD seems to be the first one to test this new technology, and you can read about it on PublicCEO.

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Tags: Chicago Communications, Public Safety Communications, Next Generation Public Safety, Safety Solutions, GPS

5 Wireless Communication Topics You Should Know This Week

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Friday, February 21, 2014

We thought we’d round up some of the top highlights this week in the Communication world and give them to you in one place. Check out some buzz worthy stories happening in the wireless communication and public safety world!

1) P25 (Project 25) Communication equipment- These are the set of standards used for federal, state, and local police departments set forth by APCO.  It ensures interoperability between these levels in terms of radio communication to enhance timeliness, effectiveness, and coordination during emergencies. Why is this important? FEMA opened applications for Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) on the 18th, which is only available for “the acquisition of P25 compliant equipment”. Read more of the details about the guidelines here.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Public Safety Communications, Motorola Solutions, Interoperability, Next Generation Public Safety, GPS

Digital is Better, But Slower?

Posted by Jill McNamara

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

 Tech Talk - IP Delay and DMR

      With the ever changing two way radio market migrating toward “Digital Mobile Radio” (DMR for short), we are challenged with a different set of issues: Networking. Networking is the highway of the future for communications, commerce and now two way radio. What we learn is that although we have blinding “gigabit” speeds, we actually run slower than traditional analog. We found this out the other day by putting in a radio channel at a remote site. This site is connected to the dispatch end by a fiber optics network. In order to use the fiber network we have to convert the analog audio to digital, convert the digital to IP and route this digitized audio to the other end through network switches and routers. At the other end we convert this IP digitized word back to analog to be rebroadcast over the transmitter.

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Tags: GPS, Digital Two-Way Radios