Public safety

Those risking their life in the line of duty need to know that when they key up someone will hear them. This section covers mission-critical technologies such as TETRA and the UK's transition onto the Emergency Services Network (ESN)

News

Public Accounts Committee raises more concerns over ESN

The work by the Home Office to deliver the Emergency Services Network (ESN) has come under fire from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), in its latest report on the high profile and much-delayed project

Its latest report on ESN states that despite the reset of the ...

Police Scotland’s £21m mobile phone rollout begins

Police Scotland has begun the process of issuing approximately 10,000 of its uniformed officers with mobile devices. Officers in Dundee, Perth, Kinross and Angus will be among the first to start using them.

Officers will be able to use the devices to access a range of ...

ICCAs 2019: The winners

The winners of the 2019 International Critical Communications Awards were unveiled during an award ceremony which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia alongside Critical Communications World.

The awards were fiercely contested, with there being two categories in ...

TETRA security enhancements under way

ETSI has begun work on the next generation of TETRA security features​ to ensure that the standard remains fully protected into the future against the rising levels of threats from cyber criminals. The enhancements will include additional encryption algorithms designed to ...

National Audit Office: ESN forecast to cost £3.1bn more than planned

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a new report on the work to deliver the Emergency Services Network (ESN), in which it notes that “implementing ESN is now expected to cost £3.1 billion more than forecast in 2015, and the revised forecast costs are highly uncertain”. ...

In-Depth

60 seconds: Declan Whiting

Declan Whiting, Software engineer at APD Communications, discusses his career to date

How do you spend your time at work?You’ll find me mostly with my head in my PC, implementing and integrating LTE features into Cortex, our ICCS. LTE is going to be a big part of the ...

How to buy vehicle LTE routers

In-vehicle LTE routers support a range of connectivity services in the field, but there are many types, so what factors should you consider when you are looking to buy? James Atkinson reports

The advent of cellular 4G LTE networks has transformed in-vehicle mobile ...

Bad news for online stalkers

Philip Mason tells the story of a recently developed app enabling victims of ‘virtual’ harassment to upload evidence straight to the police

As anyone who has kept an eye on the news in the past few years will know, there has been a massive recent increase in cases of ...

On the cusp

Philip Mason and Sam Fenwick cover the key talking points from the BAPCO/Critical Communications Europe event, which addressed a range of topics around public safety and the migration to broadband

As might be expected, much of the emphasis in the BAPCO part of the ...

The critical messaging future

Elisabetta Zaccaria, chairman of Secure Chorus, discusses the importance of reaching agreed interoperability standards in secure messaging apps for enterprise users and how selecting the right approach to cryptography is critical in addressing user requirements

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