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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.

Met Police upgrade command and control system

Hexagon and Frequentis will support Leidos in upgrading the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) command and control system.

Under the 10-year programme, Leidos – the project’s prime contractor – will implement HxGN OnCall, a comprehensive portfolio of advanced public safety solutions, and ...

O2 looks to expand coverage with O-RAN project

O2 has announced a new Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) project.

The company is working with partners including Mavenir, DenseAir and WaveMobile to introduce O-RAN solutions, a type of network technology that is open and software-defined. This will open up O2’s Radio Access Network ...

Home Office seeks direct mode solution for ESN devices

The Home Office has signalled its intention to “enter into a market engagement exercise” for a direct mode, device-to-device (D2D) solution for devices using the Emergency Services Network (ESN).

The solution will take the form of a TETRA-based remote speaker microphone (RSM) coupled to ...

Network sharing takes a step forward

Vodafone has said it is the first mobile network operator (MNO) to deploy a 5G multi-operator radio access network in the United Kingdom.

This follows the Shared Rural Network (SRN) proposal – set out by the government, Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three back in October – where MNOs agreed to ...

New vehicle mounting solution for PTT Radio

Icom has introduced a mobile mount for its IC-SAT100 Satellite PTT Radio.

The new solution includes a heavy-duty BC-247 cradle, an HM-222 fist mic and an AH-40 mag-mount antenna. Icom says the solution is ideal for IC-SAT100 users in public safety and humanitarian organisations. Central ...

what3words and Speechmatics launch Voice API

what3words and Speechmatics have launched a new end-to-end speech recognition and post-processing API for developing new location services.

The Voice API combines automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology with in-built post processing. Launched this week at CES, the API allows a user ...

Nokia reaches 63 commercial 5G contracts

Nokia has today announced that it has reached 63 commercial 5G contracts worldwide, with customers including AT&T, KDDI, Korea Telecom, LG Uplus, NTT DOCOMO, O2, SK Telecom, SoftBank, Sprint, STC, T-Mobile US, Verizon, Vodafone Italy and Zain Saudi.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile ...

Sepura staff raise over £4,000 for UK hospice charity

Sepura staff have raised over £4,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice, bringing the charity closer to its £100,000 target for its Hospice at Home service.

The company chose to support Arthur Rank for a six-month period in memory of David Armitstead, a colleague who died in the care of the ...

O2 and Ericsson partner with Northumbrian Water in 5G trials

O2, Ericsson and Northumbrian Water are conducting a series of initial 5G trials at the Washington Water Treatment Plant in Tyne and Wear.

The trials will use O2’s 5G network, with Ericsson providing the 5G infrastructure. This will include installing a Private Network, using the ...

Control Room Awards deadline extended

The deadline for entries for the APD Control Room Awards 2020 has been extended to midnight on the 14th January, due to how busy teams were over the festive season.

The awards recognise the vital work of control room employees across the critical and emergency services. There are ten ...

O2 to trial 4G on the London Underground

O2 has signed an agreement with Transport for London (TfL) to join other providers in piloting 4G on the Jubilee Line between Westminster and Canning Town.

This follows a similar announcement from Vodafone back in October. The pilot is scheduled to go live in March 2020 and aims to pave ...


Plastimo to use Sigfox and Eutelsat for life jacket tracking

Plastimo, a manufacturer of safety equipment for boating consumers and professionals, and Sigfox will together offer geolocation coverage across all the world’s oceans from 2020. This will be used to quickly and reliably locate seafarers that have gone overboard and are wearing Plastimo’s life ...

Mobile tech facilitating a massive reduction in carbon emissions

Mobile technology reduced greenhouse gas emissions by around 2,135 million tonnes CO2e in 2018 – approximately equivalent to Russia’s yearly CO2e emissions, according to a study performed by the Carbon Trust and commissioned by the GSMA. These savings were nearly ten times the global mobile ...

Semtech, Wilhelmsen and TTI team up on IoT for maritime use

Semtech, Wilhelmsen and The Things Industries (TTI) have formed a partnership to use Semtech’s LoRa devices to help deliver what they describe as cost-effective, robust and proven IoT solutions to the maritime shipping industry.

Wilhelmsen, a global maritime industry group founded in ...

Ofcom welcomes applications for new spectrum sharing licenses

Small businesses can now submit applications to Ofcom for new shared spectrum licences.

Organisations can apply for a shared access licence to use spectrum in bands ranging from 1.8GHz to 26GHz. The regulator says these airwaves are ideal for setting up local wireless networks, which ...

Wi-Fi 6 impresses in Industry 4.0 trial’s first phase

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has completed its phase one trial of Wi-Fi 6 infrastructure and services at the Mettis Aerospace factory in the UK.

Speeds of 700 Mbps using 80 MHz channels were achieved during the trial and low latency applications, like video calling and video ...

AWS to offer edge computing in partnership with Vodafone in Europe

?Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced AWS Wavelength which will embed AWS’s compute and storage services at the edge of mobile network operators’ networks.

The company claims that this will allow developers’ applications to serve end-users with single-digit millisecond ...

Globalstar launches SPOT X satellite messenger with Bluetooth

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services, a Globalstar subsidiary, has launched its SPOT X two-way satellite messenger with Bluetooth in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The new model allows users to connect SPOT X to their smartphone over Bluetooth to send and receive email and text messages over ...

Virtusa brings AR capabilities to telecoms field engineers

Virtusa Corporation has announced new capabilities, including augmented reality (AR) based test and diagnostic capabilities to improve the efficiency of field force workers and help them improve customer service while reducing average handling time.

The company states that its Smart ...

Trial sees Pronto integrated with DVLA database for suspect identification

Motorola Solutions has announced a successful trial that provides police officers with access to driver's license images with Motorola Solutions’ Pronto digital policing application. It has also announced the integration of the company’s Edesix body-worn cameras into Pronto via the company’s ...

PMRExpo – news from the exhibition floor

Now that PMRExpo has closed its doors for another year, let’s take a quick look at the major announcements and new product launches.

Over on the Hytera stand, we got to see its next generation (new software, hardware & platform/circuit board) HP785 DMR IP68-rated portable radio (shown ...

Ontix goes live with fixed wireless access gigabit service in Soho

Ontix Limited, a wireless infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider has switched on a fixed wireless access (FWA) service (capable of up to 1Gbps speeds) in the market section of Berwick Street in London’s Soho.

According to Ontix, the area has previously been overlooked by fibre ...

DVS to offer Facewatch’s facial recognition system to resellers

DVS, a UK-based CCTV camera and components distributor, will provide the Facewatch facial recognition crime deterrent solution to its installer and reseller network – the first distributor to do so.

DVS has taken this step to ensure that the product availability, training and support ...

Controllis launches 'carbon neutral' power solution

Controllis has developed a site power system that it says is carbon neutral and will help support a net zero emissions economy.

The new system, called Controllis Zero, is based on the company’s Modular48 DC power system. That system reduces carbon emissions using solar power and ...
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