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Keep up-to-date with the latest industry news on developments within radio technology and wireless communications. Updated daily, our news section covers policy and regulation, product developments, contract awards, project deployments, research, and appointments for those with an interest in the provision of wireless communications in a mission-critical or business-critical environment.

German court rules in favour of Motorola over Hytera

The Regional Court of Mannheim has ruled in favour of Motorola Solutions, in relation to a patent infringement complaint made against Hytera Mobilfunk in Germany.

According to a statement released by Motorola, the German court determined in the first instance that Hytera is infringing ...

iMend.com: mobile phones for business use soon need repairs

According to iMend.com, a UK mobile phone repair company, the average business owned device only lasts 3-6 months, before needing a new screen or rear housing and after 12-18 months requires a new battery and/or a replacement charging port.

It adds that some businesses have to contend ...

Hytera appeals ITC ruling, speaks of “nuisance litigations”

Radio manufacturer Hytera has filed a petition at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting review of a ruling issued by the body on 3 July which upheld rival Motorola Solution’s complaint of patent infringement against the company.

In the complaint, Motorola alleged that ...

Edinburgh opts for Telensa’s wireless streetlight controls

Telensa’s smart streetlight controls will be deployed in 64,000 LED lights as part of the City of Edinburgh’s energy efficiency programme.

The company was selected by CGI Group, in an LED replacement contract run by Amey. The deployment is already underway and is expected to be ...

New radios supplied to Lincoln City FC

Local radio dealer RF Lincs has rolled out a suite of 50 Kenwood TK-D340 DMR radios to Lincoln City Football Club, following a match day trial. The radios have been issued to different teams around the ground, including those involved in match-day parking, stewards, security and the medical ...

Ericsson lets go of field services subsidiary

Ericsson has announced that it is divesting its Local Services subsidiary, which provides field service operations and maintenance of fixed and mobile networks in Sweden.

Transtema Group will acquire all of the Local Services assets, continuing the operation with its existing 700 ...

Outdoor WiFi access point launched

Cambium Networks has launched what it calls an “advanced enterprise class outdoor WiFi access point for enterprise and industrial campuses.”

The cloud-managed product – which is known as the cnPilot e700 – provides Gigabit throughput, and 802.11ac Wave 2 connectivity with 512 client ...

WiFi optimisation product announced

WiFi software specialist Fontech has launched its WiFi self-organizing networks (SON) product.

The solution is designed to help operators gain full visibility of their WiFi networks through the use of real time data, as well turning access points into managed hotspots without the need ...

ETSI’s second MCPTT PlugTests event sees 92% success rate

The second ETSI MCPTT Plugtests event, saw 31 vendors complete more than 2,000 tests (based on a test plan with more than 100 test cases), across more than 300 combinations of vendors and equipment with a 92 per cent success rate.

The testing evaluated the extent of interoperability ...

Northern European eSMS service deployed

Frequentis has helped to roll-out a pilot Emergency SMS service in Norway for members of the public who are deaf, hard of hearing or impacted by speech disorders, wanting to contact the emergency services.

The service is supported by the company’s integrated communication and control ...

Marine and Coastguard Agency to replace its radio network infrastructure

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is looking to spend up to £130 million on replacing and running a replacement to the existing Kilostream network that connects the organisation’s 155 Remote Radio sites (RRS), which monitor VHF & MF Radio transmissions from vessels at sea and provide assistance ...

LGA calls for a bigger role in tackling the rural connectivity gap

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for more post-Brexit powers to deal with a number of issues faced by rural England including patchy mobile and broadband connectivity that cuts off businesses’ access to new markets.

The LGA has set up a Post-Brexit England Commission to ...

European cellular V2X testbed’s first

Europe’s first live demonstration of Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) interoperability between a motorcycle, vehicles and roadside infrastructure, based on 3GPP Release 14, has taken place in Ingolstadt, Germany.

The trial was performed by the Connected Vehicle to Everything of ...

ITC judge initially rules in favour of Motorola Solutions, against Hytera

Administrative law judge Mary Joan McNamara of the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a notice of initial determination, in its investigation of the patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions on March 29, 2017 against Hytera, which is favourable towards Motorola ...

APD's Mike Isherwood to head up British APCO's Small Business Group

?Mike Isherwood, APD Communications’ managing director, has been appointed as chair of the Small Business Group of British APCO.

The group aims to provide a representative voice for small and micro-sized companies in the public safety sector. Mr Isherwood said his primary objective in ...

Rutnam: ESN still the right strategic direction

The fifth Public Accounts Committee hearing on ESN saw witnesses from the Home Office discuss the project's reduction in headcount and the upcoming strategic review of the project which is still scheduled for completion in July.

Sir Philip Rutnam, the Home Office's permanent secretary ...

Decade-old WiFi security protocol to be phased-out

The Wi-Fi Alliance has launched what it calls “the next generation of WiFi security,” Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3. The protocol will replace WPA2, which is over ten years old.

According to the organisation, WPA3 is designed to enable “more robust authentication”, as well as delivering ...

Trailblazing fitness wearable launched

Hungarian tech start-up HeartBit has announced what it claims is the world’s first wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor

The device, which according to the company processes around 10,000 data points a second, not only monitors the user’s heart rate but also detects potential ...

Motorola Solutions cuts its carbon footprint by 20%

According to Motorola Solutions’ 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, the company cut its carbon footprint by 20 per cent year-on-year, while also reducing its electricity use by 19 per cent.

During 2017, Motorola Solutions closed and combined some facilities, which resulted in a drop ...

Acquisition of Finnish infrastructure giant completed

Global investment company Digital Colony has completed the acquisition of Finnish network operator Digita Oy from its current owner First State Investments.

Based in Helsinki, Digita is one of the largest independent owner of telecom towers in the country. It is also, according to ...

Online heavyweight joins DSA

Amazon has become the newest charter member of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), alongside Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Nominet and Adaptrum.

The DSA describes itself as a “global, cross-industry alliance focused on increasing dynamic access to unused radio frequencies.” Speaking of ...

New maritime tracking solution announced

IHS Markit and exactEarth are developing AIS Platinum, a new service designed to help track sea vessels across the globe in real time.

According to a joint statement, the solution will take advantage of the latter company’s satellite AIS service exactView RT, consisting of over 60 ...

Vodafone to trial 5G in seven UK cities

Vodafone has announced that it will test 5G at specific sites in seven UK cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester, with roll-outs starting between October and December this year.

Vodafone’s engineers are currently laying the groundwork for ...

Rohill contributes to anti-terror effort

Wireless solution manufacturer Rohill has participated in an exercise preparing for a major bio-terrorist attack

The company provided its LTEtraNode platform, allowing users simultaneous access to both narrowband (TETRA) and broadband (VoLTE, MCPTT) services, with SES satellite used as a ...

Cumbria Constabulary opts for Axon’s evidence submission tool

Axon and its UK subsidiary Axon Public Safety UK, have announced that Cumbria Constabulary is the first police force in the UK to roll out the company’s public evidence submission tool, Axon Citizen for Officers.

Cumbria Constabulary also ordered 610 Axon Body 2 and 90 Axon Flex 2 ...
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