PSC: Public Safety Communications: APCO International

Issue: APCO 2020: Destination Florida  APCO is an annual conference that many business corporations attend to renew and discuss pertinent information regarding public safety. Let APCO Help You APCO offers many ways to earn continuing dispatch education (CDE) credits, stay up-to-date on emerging issues and earn recertification in numerous disciplines. How... Read More

APCO Files Petition for stay on 6 GHz Rules, Others Challenge in Court

The association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International filed two formal petitions regarding the FCC’S 6 GHz rules, approved in April.  A petition for reconsideration urges the FCC to repeal the new rules and fix numerous problems. The FCC’s new rules allow operation of unlicensed standard-power and low-power transmitters. The... Read More

FirstNet Board Approves $218M for Coverage Enhancements

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) board approved $218M or two network upgrades: transitioning the FirstNet core to 5G technology and adding to FirstNet’s fleet of 72 deplorables. FirstNet staff will now execute the task orders, and AT&T will implement them as part of the NPSBN contract. Specific amounts and timelines... Read More

Benefits of Dual-Mode Digital Radio

People in Midwest City, Oklahoma, remember the night of May 3, 1999, the tornado had wind speeds of 302 mph, often cited as the highest wind speeds ever recorded on Earth. The need for close coordination with better interagency communications between police and public works was a top priority when the... Read More

Hytera America Seeks Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Hytera America and Hytera America (West) are seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing ongoing lawsuits brought by Motorola Solutions and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, the company said that it plans to use the restructuring process to address the issues caused by those two events. In February,... Read More

IWCE Conference

Immediately following the COVID19 announcement and subsequent shutdown, the annual conference for the IWCE had been postponed until 2021. At the end of Sept, 2021, the team went to the 2021 IWCE Conference in Las Vegas. We are looking forward to going again in 2022. Our two newest members went with... Read More