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Co-Op trials body-worn cameras in Scottish stores

The Scottish Midland Co-operative Society (Scotmid Co-Op) has begun trialling the use of body-worn video cameras (BWV) across what it described as three “high risk stores” in Scotland.

The co-operative, which has more than 185 Scotmid supermarkets and Lakes & Dales ...

Viasat acquires $7.3bn Inmarsat to create space-based broadband giant

US telecoms giant Viasat has announced the acquisition of the UK’s Inmarsat for $7.3 billion in a move it claims will “massively boost” its global broadband and narrowband networks in terms of number of satellites and available spectrum.

The cash and equity deal will ...

Ericsson eyes low latency VR

Ericsson has launched a range of new telecoms software which it claims will “guarantee consistent low latency” across virtual reality (VR) and remote control settings.

The ‘Time-Critical Communication Software Toolbox’ has been designed to secure data delivery within ...

TfL & BAI forge £1bn international communications partnership

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced the formation of a new £1bn communications infrastructure partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and BAI Communications.

The partnership claims it will “transform London into a smart city and ...

New digital radios rolled out on Blackpool transport

TES Communication Solutions has announced it is supplying Blackpool's buses and trams with a digital radio upgrade which it claims will give drivers and controllers faster communications.

Blackpool Transport Services said the upgrade from analogue radios to a digital ...

Nokia launches 5G routing silicon

Nokia has announced the launch of its fifth generation IP routing silicon which it claims will set new benchmarks for IP network security and energy efficiency.

The Finnish telecoms giant’s new FP5 will enable service providers to “efficiently scale network capacity ...


Ericsson & Qualcomm complete first-ever CBRS OTA 5G call

Ericsson has teamed up with US giant Qualcomm Technologies to complete what the duo claim is the first over-the-air (OTA) 5G New Radio (NR) call on the CBRS (Citizen Broadband Radio Service) spectrum.

CBRS covers the shared spectrum from 3.55 MHz to 3.7 MHz in the ...

Dispatch software launch marks APD rebrand to NEC

NEC Software Solutions – formally APD Communications - has developed a new computer aided dispatch product, called Dispatch.

Discussing the solution, a spokesperson for the company said: “The cloud-based software has been developed with input from control room ...

5G innovation hub for Dundee

The Scotland 5G Centre has announced Dundee as the location for its latest 5G innovation hub forming part of a £4m national network.

The Dundee hub will have a specialist focus on combating cyber crime as well as “supporting innovation and growth in the games, ...

Industry honours control room heroes

?APD has held the 2021 iteration of its annual Control Room Awards online, with the ceremony taking place in the middle of May.

The annual awards are described by APD as recognising “the selfless and unstinting efforts of control room individuals and teams who go ...

Transport Scotland rolls out WAVE PTX radios

Infrastructure support service Amey has deployed a combination of Motorola’s push-to-talk WAVE PTX radios and dispatch software, as part of a new long-term contract with Transport Scotland.

According to Amey, the contract is in relation to the “management, maintenance ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Control room heroes shortlisted

The finalists have been announced for the APD Control Room Awards. Now in its third year, the awards shine a light on individuals and teams who go above and beyond.

A total of almost 400 nominations were received from 80 organisations for the 2020 awards, with each ...

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 ...

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 ...

Thousands join International Control Room Week

11,000 employees across 230 control rooms worldwide have marked International Control Room Week.

The campaign week is in its second year and participating control rooms came from the UK, India, Australia and even the remote island of St Helena. International Control ...

Delivery Hero to use SOTI for remote device management

Delivery Hero, a global online food delivery company, has selected SOTI to power its business-critical mobile deployment.

The Berlin-based platform operates online ordering services that allow customers to deliver food directly from its 310,000 partner restaurants. ...

British APCO calls for a clear Next Generation 999 technology roadmap

The British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (British APCO) has published a white paper on the topic of “Next Generation 999” (NG999), which highlights the issues that must be addressed if the UK public is have access to an emergency call service that ...

International Control Room Week returns in October

International Control Room Week, a campaign that celebrates and raises awareness of the vital role played by control room teams dealing with traumatic and distressing situations on a daily basis, will return for a second year and will take place on 21-27 October.


APD Communications moves into new offices

APD Communications – the control room software vendor based in Hull, UK – has moved into modern new offices to streamline communication among its 100-plus employees by bringing them together under one roof and support future growth.

APD’s new home, two-storey offices ...

Northgate Public Services acquires APD Communications

Northgate Public Services (NPS), a supplier of IT solutions for police forces and a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, has acquired APD Communications – a software supplier to the emergency services, public safety and control room markets – for an undisclosed sum.
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