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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.

Hospitality ‘track and trace’ app developed in a day

Tech start-up Zing has developed a free app to help pubs and restaurants securely capture customer details during the sector’s current tentative re-opening.

According to the company, the ‘Safe 2 Serve’ app was created in a single day, using the Twilio platform. It is currently being used ...

Motorola updates retail radio range

Motorola Solutions is launching a new version of its CLP two-way radio in the form of the CLPe. The product is aimed in particular at the gradually reopening retail and hospitality sectors.

According to the company, the product is designed to be carried through extended shifts, and is ...

Hytera partner signs 5G health agreement

Thai operator TRUE has developed its partnership with Bangkok’s Siriraj hospital via a “5G network strategic cooperation” agreement.

According to a statement, Hytera has worked with TRUE to jointly develop an integrated PoC solution for the healthcare sector. Speaking of the technology, ...

Continental public safety broadband initiative moves to next phase

The BroadWay project has entered its second phase, with stakeholders now attempting to develop prototype technology over the course of the next ten months.

This follows a recent contract signing involving three competing consortia, alongside lead procurer Astrid SA. The consortia are led ...

UK FRS combines Motorola control room solutions

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is rolling-out several Motorola Solutions control room products as part of its digital transformation programme.

These include its CommandCentral CRS, CommandCentral Vault, as well as an integrated CAD solution from the company’s partner 3tc. ...

Nokia launches 5G network slicing product

Nokia has announced cloud-native Digital Operations Center software to help drive the monetisation of 5G.

According to Nokia, the purpose of the software is to give communication service providers “new revenue-enhancing opportunities with an automated platform that manages 5G slice-based ...

COVID-19 'track and trace' standards group sets timescale

The ETSI ‘Europe for Privacy-Preserving Pandemic Protection’ (E4P) industry specification group has held its first two meetings, and set out its work programme.

The group aims to contribute to the development of backwards-compatible/interoperable proximity tracing applications, currently ...

Vehicle charger provides video alerts to Californian first responders

Electric vehicle charging specialist Volta has launched a new service for displaying signage-based safety alerts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Volta Response System - which has already been deployed in Huntington Beach, California - is designed to be “easily activated at the request ...

Home Office awards new ESN aircraft comms contracts

The Home Office has awarded two companies the contracts to complete aircraft ‘transmitting portable electronic devices’ (TPED) as part of the Emergency Services Network roll-out.

The companies in question are Specialist Aviation Services and Gama Aviation. According to a statement, TPEDs ...

Everbridge makes COVID-related CEM functionality available in Europe

Everbridge has expanded its critical event management (CEM) platform in Europe to include its COVID-19 Shield and Contact Tracing solutions.

These solutions incorporate a Coronavirus-specific data feed relating to new outbreaks, as well as changes in local policy, disruption to supply ...

AI-assisted tool for tackling Coronavirus

Researchers at Cambridge University are developing an open-source, artificial intelligence-assisted tool for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

According to the institution, the solution is intended to provide a “prediction model that can rapidly and reliably diagnose a prognosis to doctors.” ...


South East police forces deploy evidence automation system

A consortium of four UK police forces are rolling-out NICE’s Investigate digital evidence management solution.

Operating under the acronym SERIP (the South East Regional Integrated Policing Programme), the forces involved are Hampshire, Thames Valley, Surrey and Sussex. According to ...

MNO extends help to UK small businesses

Vodafone UK has announced what it’s calling a “broadband rescue package” for five million UK small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a statement, the offer will involve making the company's Unlimited Business Broadband and Microsoft 365 Business Standard free for six ...

Major UK airport rolls-out drone threat management system

Bristol Airport is installing Clearsky, an anti-drone solution manufactured by telent, in collaboration with Digital Global Systems (DGS).

According to a statement, the technology will enable local security forces to “accurately detect, identify, and monitor” drone activity taking place ...

Broadband provider offers free 5G for US emergency services

T-Mobile has offered “free service and 5G access” for ten years to all US first responder agencies as part of its Connecting Heroes initiative.

The move - which according to the company will cost around $7 billion – will provide unlimited smartphone data, text and voice “with the highest ...

Sizeable increase in global small cell deployment predicted

Privately rolled-out enterprise networks will drive the small cell market to 26 million units by 2026, according to a report published this week by Rethink Technology Research.

The cells, according to the organisation’s RAN Research service, will be “increasingly diverse in form, ranging ...

'Critical Updates' webinar series announced

?TCCA is hosting a number of ‘Critical Update’ webinars for members of the critical communications community, taking place in May, June and July of this year.

The first of these - Mission Critical Services (MCX) ETSI Plugtests: Results and Future Plans - is scheduled for this Thursday, ...

UK government launches COVID-19 social care app

A new digital solution has been developed to provide UK adult social care workers with a “single digital hub” for updated Coronavirus information, guidance on infection control, as well as wellbeing support.

According to a statement, the Care Workforce app - which was developed by NHSX ...


Coronavirus contact tracing solution launched

Everbridge has developed a product aimed at helping businesses get back to business as usual, by speeding up contact tracing.

According to the company, the solution provides an “automated approach” to tracking exposure to the virus in the workplace. It does this by leveraging “225 ...

COVID 19 apps added to Pronto

?Motorola Solutions has developed two new features for its Pronto mobile working solution, in order to help UK police users maintain social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

These consist of a ‘ticket’ app, which removes the need for officers to issue members of the public ...


Drones to deliver NHS supplies to Isle of Wight

The government has announced a plan to start the regular drone delivery of medical supplies to the Isle of Wight.

In March, the government announced its partnership with Solent Transport and its plan to fund over £28 million into developing new flight technologies. Grant Schnapps, ...

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