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Keep up-to-date with the latest industry news, as well as developments within radio technology and wireless communications. Our news section covers policy and regulation, product developments, contract awards, project deployments, research, appointments and more. It is catered towards those with an interest in the use of wireless communications in a mission/business critical environment.

London ambulance deploys tech to protect staff

London Ambulance Service is rolling out body-worn video cameras with the aim of protecting its paramedics from violence. The cameras are being provided by Motorola Solutions.

According to figures released by the service, 529 incidents of violence towards staff have been reported between ...

Nokia collaborates on 5G in Brazil

Nokia has announced a partnership with a Brazilian, government-affiliated, research body to develop 5G solutions based on an Open RAN-compliant, near real-time RAN intelligent controller.

According to the company, the work with the Telecommunications Research and Development Center ...

APD collaborates with what3words

APD has launched a new cloud-based control room mapping software – ‘Maps’ – designed to “optimise emergency services’ response to incidents”.

According to the company, the solution locates personnel, as well as “callers, vehicles, incidents, points of interest and even the nearest ...

UK government claims COVID-19 app success

Figures released by the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Care suggest that the NHS COVID-19 app has prevented around 600,000 cases of the virus since its launch in September last year.

The department also claims that over 1.7 million users of the app across England and ...

O2 expands 5G coverage

Mobile network operator O2 has released figures indicating that its 5G network is now accessible to over 150 towns and cities in the UK.

New locations on its network include Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Doncaster and Southampton. It has likewise increased its 5G ‘footprint’ in London, ...

AI security group publishes first findings

The ETSI Securing Artificial Intelligence (SAI) industry specification group has released its first report, giving an overview of the ‘problem statement’ in relation to AI security.

According to the organisation, the report focuses in particular on machine learning, as well as ...

Critical Communications World rescheduled to November

TCCA has announced that Critical Communications World has been postponed to November of this year due to concerns over COVID-19.

Speaking of the decision, a spokesperson for the organisation said: “With international travel restrictions certain to impact into the spring, Critical ...

BAPCO online conference schedule announced

Details of the conference programme for BAPCO: The Online Event have been released. The virtual show - which is being run in lieu of the organisation’s rescheduled annual Conference & Exhibition – will take place between the 2-4 March this year.

Running across the course of the event’s ...

NHS trusts partner on inventory improvement

Health system specialist Omnicell is collaborating with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to develop “technology-enabled inventory optimisation and intelligence services.”

According to the company, this will include the deployment of its automation systems across six hospital ...

Northgate broadens offer with software acquisition

Northgate Public Services has announced the acquisition of Charter Systems, which it describes as “a leading supplier of covert operations software to police services in the UK and Canada.”

According to Northgate, software developed by the latter company is used by more than 60 per cent ...

UK police force deploys integrated BWV

Lancashire Constabulary has rolled-out Motorola Solutions’ 2100 VB400 body-worn cameras.

According to Motorola, the cameras will be used across the force, alongside a back-end evidence management software solution. The devices are also integrated into the company’s mobile working ...

New 5G specification schedule approved

3GPP has announced a timeline for Release 17, following the recent plenary meeting of its Technical Specification Groups (TSG).

According to the organisation, the schedule will see the R17 stage two ‘functional freeze’ taking place in June of next year. The stage three protocol freeze ...

New BAPCO virtual event opens for registration

Registration has opened for the BAPCO Online Event, taking place 4 – 2 March of next year. The free-to-attend event is replacing the association’s annual Conference & Exhibition, which in 2021 has been rescheduled to October.

According to organiser MA Exhibitions, the new virtual event ...

Developer claims major step forward in fight against COVID-19

A Montreal-based company has developed a solution which it claims can detect viruses via the use of a smartphone.

Two-Photon Research’s CAST product uses what it calls an Aptamer Molecular Photonic Beacon (AMPB) to test saliva. It does this by “phonetically interfacing” with the handset ...

TCCA MCX control room collaboration

TCCA has collaborated with German critical communications organisation PMeV Netzwerk Sichere Kommunikation on guidelines to help control rooms connect to mission critical services in 4G/5G.

According to a statement, a number of international control centre operators are also ...


WBA survey: roaming a key strategy for businesses

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has stated that 79 per cent of service providers, equipment manufacturers and enterprises have adopted its OpenRoaming standard as part of their business planning.

The claim was made following a cross-industry survey of the aforementioned ...

CCWeek content available on demand

The organisers of Critical Communications Week have announced that all presentations from the event are being made available from this week.

Speaking of the move, a spokesperson for Mark Allen Exhibitions said: “CCWeek was a landmark event, and we're excited to now be able to share every ...

Swisscom rolls-out remote coverage solution

Telecommunications provider Swisscom has announced its deployment of Nokia FastMile 5G receivers in rural areas of Switzerland.

According to the latter company, the roll-out is intended to help provide “ultra-fast” broadband to remote parts of the country. Nokia will be Swisscom’s ...

ESN A2G tests culminate in successful Kodiak demo

The final stage of the Emergency Services Network air to ground technical demonstrator programme (TDP) has been completed, including a successful in-flight demonstration of the Kodiak MCPTT app.

According to Cobham - which conducted the TDP in collaboration with QinetiQ - “encouraging ...

Online ICCAs showcase sector innovation

The winners have been announced of the 2020 International Critical Communications Awards, which this year took place online at the inaugural Critical Communications Week.

Presentations were delivered by finalists across the course of the event’s five days, with the judges having whittled ...

Ericsson completes Cradlepoint acquisition

Ericsson has completed its acquisition of Cradlepoint, which provides wireless WAN edge 4G/5G solutions for the enterprise market. According to Ericsson, the investment is key to its “ongoing strategy of capturing market share in the rapidly expanding 5G enterprise space.”

A spokesperson ...

Motorola Solutions announces new TETRA device

Motorola Solutions has launched the MXP600, a new TETRA radio designed to integrate with emergency services’ increasing use of 4G.

According to the company, functionality includes smartphone pairing via an embedded NFC chip alongside Bluetooth 5.0. Users will also have access to a ...

Avon FRS collaborates with comms giant

Avon Fire and Rescue Service and Airbus have developed new command software designed to be the “first step” in fully digitising the incident ground.

According to a statement, the solution collates operational information, mapping, GPS data, communications as well as real time tracking. ...

ETSI launches new radio interface for IoT

ETSI has launched a new set of DECT-2020 New Radio standards - the ETSI TS 103 636 series.

According to the organisation, the new standard “defines an advanced radio interface applying modern radio technologies. It is designed to provide a slim but powerful technology foundation for ...
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