Monday, March 31, 2014

Whither Interoperability?

With Friends in Government, Motorola Beats a Path to Telecom Supremacy: From the nation’s capital to the Pacific Coast, government officials have handed the company noncompetitive contracts, used modifications of years-old contracts to acquire new systems or crafted bid specifications to Motorola’s advantage. These officials, perhaps without recognizing their collective role, have helped stunt the very competition that’s needed to hold down prices and assure the most efficient use of government dollars.

Monday, April 01, 2013

FirstNet

FirstNet Moves Forward, But Hurdles Remain: The logic behind creating a nationwide broadband network for first responders is simple. Deploy a high-speed wireless communications system so that federal, state and local emergency response personnel can share data, do their jobs more efficiently and save more lives in the process.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Maximizing use of FirstNet network is critical to ongoing feasibility

Morgan O'Brien is arguably the smartest man existent when it comes to the wireless business.  He has also invested a considerable amount of money and time in planning for public safety broadband.

Maximizing use of FirstNet network is critical to ongoing feasibility: "FirstNet's first steps, as reflected in the reports and proposals from their Denver meeting in February, show just the blend of boldness and caution that this project demands. This is shaping up to be much more than a "glass half-full." Give credit to NTIA and the strong, diverse team of players they have recruited to undertake this task of unprecedented scale and complexity."

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Defense News

$7 Billion Disconnect: FirstNet Aims to Get First Responders Talking 12 Years After 9/11: After 11 years and billions of homeland-security dollars spent since 9/11, Winchester’s plight remains maddeningly common. With radio systems set up town by town, county by county and state by state — sometimes even department by department — America’s police and fire departments are still awash in a sea of networks and frequencies that often can’t communicate with each other.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Las Vegas Metro PD Radio System

Las Vegas police dump problem radio system: On Oct. 11, Gillespie informed the CEO of the Harris Corp. that his company's Desert Sky radio system cannot meet his department's needs. That's a sharp change from past statements and advice to officers to remain patient while system bugs are fixed.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Pentagon shutters Joint Tactical Radio System program office - Nextgov.com

Pentagon shutters Joint Tactical Radio System program office: After struggling for 15 years to develop a software-based radio for all four services at a cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon quietly shut down the Joint Tactical Radio System program office earlier this month and transferred its acquisition functions to the Army.

FCC Puts Local Public-Safety Networks on Hold - WSJ.com

FCC Puts Local Public-Safety Networks on Hold (subscription): Federal regulators affirmed Tuesday that most cities and states planning to start wireless broadband networks for police and other first responders must wait until a new national public-safety network is operational.