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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...



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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...



Facebook and Samsung donate thousands of devices to the NHS

Facebook and Samsung have donated smartphones and Portal-video calling screens to enhance the communications of those on the frontline of COVID-19.

Mobile giant Samsung is donating 2,000 smartphones to the NHS, for staff to use in Nightingale hospitals.It will provide ...

UK confirms plans for coronavirus tracking app

The government is working with Google and Apple to release an NHS app that alerts users when they have come into close contact with any virus carriers.

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced at the government's daily press briefing on Sunday that the NHS is "working ...



Hytera ensures hospitals communicate safely during COVID-19 outbreak

Hytera has donated more than 2,200 DMR radios to ensure effective communication throughout China's fight against coronavirus.

As the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread, donations and support from all walks of life are being delivered to Hubei province. Hytera, ...

Coronavirus: how are mobile networks helping?

Mobile network operators are playing a vital role in managing the coronavirus crisis, including updating citizens and enabling employees to work remotely.

With the sudden growth in home working, mobile networks have had to adjust to different usage patterns. Scott ...

Coronavirus: how can you keep devices clean?

Motorola Solutions has issued cleaning and disinfecting guidelines for its radios, body-worn cameras and accessories in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Many users will need to continue working throughout this crisis, especially those that fall into ...

Critical Communications World 2020 rescheduled to November

Critical Communications World 2020 will now be held between 3rd and 5th November, due to the current circumstances around coronavirus.

The event was previously planned to be held in June, and will remain at the IFEMA in Madrid, Spain. Tony Gray, chief executive of ...

Frequentis supports UK control room transition to ESN

Frequentis will work with the Home Office to ensure that Frequentis control room operators have access to a fully approved and easy to use interface into the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) for all their mission-critical communications.

Frequentis is one of four ...

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police choose Sepura

Three UK police forces have jointly upgraded to Sepura SC20 TETRA radios.

Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary made use of their joint purchasing power to equip officers with the new SC20 TETRA radios. Over 1,900 radios have ...

Ericsson to acquire Genaker

Ericsson has signed an agreement to acquire Genaker, a provider of Mission Critical Push-to-talk (MC-PTT) solutions.

Ericsson will acquire 100 per cent of Genaker’s shares and says this will strengthen its MC-PTT offering, as well as helping service providers improve ...

Sepura demonstrates D2D RSM prototype at BAPCO

?Sepura will be demonstrating an ESN-ready, device-to-device (D2D) remote speaker microphone (RSM) proof of concept solution at the BAPCO show in Coventry this week (Ricoh Arena: 10-11 March 2020).

The prototype shows how existing TETRA radios can be repurposed for ...

Control Room Awards celebrate inspirational unsung heroes

The APD Control Room Awards 2020 have honoured the lifesaving, behind-the-scenes work of control room stars who go above and beyond in their roles every day.

The awards are the only accolades of their kind to recognise the unsung heroes of the control room community ...

APD wins ESN integration contract

The Home Office has contracted APD Communications to develop critical software to integrate blue light organisations and other public services with the forthcoming Emergency Services Network (ESN).

ESN is intended to replace the UK’s existing TETRA-based Airwave ...
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