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Keep up-to-date with the latest industry news on developments within radio technology and wireless communications. Updated daily, our news section covers policy and regulation, product developments, contract awards, project deployments, research, and appointments for those with an interest in the provision of wireless communications in a mission-critical or business-critical environment.

Panasonic obtains ESN accreditation for its Toughbook 33 Windows notebook

Panasonic’s Toughbook 33 rugged notebook has become the first Microsoft Windows device to be authorised for use on the Emergency Services Network (ESN).

The 2-in-1 detachable device can therefore be used by all emergency service personnel on the new network. Panasonic worked closely with ...

Wi-Fi 6 certification programme launched

Earlier this week, the Wi-Fi Alliance launched its Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification programme for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 is the first Wi-Fi Certified 6 smartphone. The first products designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6, which comprise the test bed for certification, ...

Ranplan appoints new CSO and commercial operations director

Ranplan Group AB has appointed Jon Ullmark, a specialist in the field of IoT and automation, as its chief strategy officer (a new position), effective from 1 September. Earlier this week, Ranplan also announced that it has recruited Anthony Sutton to the newly created role of commercial operations ...

Chatterbox bought by CSE Global

?Chatterbox has been acquired by CSE Global, an international systems integrator with offices in more than 20 countries, and has been rebranded as CSE Chatterbox.

The company was founded nearly 30 years ago in Surrey and supplies bespoke integrated two-way radio systems and offers radios ...

Radiocoms secures place on government procurement framework

?Radiocoms Systems Ltd has been awarded a place on the new Crown Commercial Service Network Services 2 framework agreement (RM3808), after partaking in a vendor assessment in late 2018, to provide Lot 11: Radio services.

These are described as “A voice communication solution utilising ...

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 operates consistently well ...


6G targets summarised in white paper

The 6G Flagship research programme at the University of Oulu, Finland, has published what it claims to be the world’s the first 6G White Paper – “Key Drivers and Research Challenges for 6G Ubiquitous Wireless Intelligence”, which is based on the output from a workshop at the first 6G Wireless ...

Everbridge and RiskBand partner up on worker safety wearables

Everbridge, a critical event management and enterprise safety software applications company, had formed a partnership with RiskBand, a provider of wearable, live-monitored professional safety devices, as part of Everbridge’s strategy to cater to the safety needs of employees who may not always have ...

BT’s new counter drone solution

BT has launched a counter drone solution that will be provided by its enterprise unit and give organisations the capability to detect, track and identify drones which breach airspace and site limits.

The end-to-end and fully BT managed solution is a combination of multi-sensor detection ...

Qualitest to provide BT with quality assurance during ESN and 5G push

BT has renewed and expanded its contract with Qualitest, a software testing and quality assurance company. Qualitest will support the delivery of the backbone of BT’s digital infrastructure including the further development of its 5G offering.

Under the terms of the contract Qualitest ...


South Wales Police’s facial recognition use deemed lawful

The High Court in Cardiff has found that the use of facial recognition by South Wales Police (SWP) is currently lawful, in response to a claim for judicial review in May that was brought by Ed Bridges, a Cardiff resident who believes his face was scanned twice by cameras that were part of SWP’s ...


Antenova celebrates its 20th year

Antenova, a UK-based manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for M2M and the Internet of Things (IoT) is celebrating 20 years since it was founded on 3 September 1999.

The company was formed to commercialise the multi-band dielectric resonator antennas developed at Sheffield and ...

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.

According to its ...


5G, drones and machine learning aid research in the Baltic Sea

The combination of drone gathered video footage, computer vision and 5G connections has been used in a trial by researchers from the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) to monitor real-time environmental conditions in the Baltic Sea.

The system was developed by Nokia, Nordkapp, SYKE, ...

Axon adds Facebook’s head of VR hardware to its board of directors

Caitlin Kalinowski, the head of VR hardware for Facebook’s augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) division, has joined Axon’s board of directors.

"It's an honour to welcome Caitlin to Axon's board and we look forward to her contributions to our VR strategy in the public safety ...

AGS Pest Control deploys BigChange’s mobile working system

AGS, provider of facilities management services to Transport for London (TfL), has finished implementing a mobile working system from BigChange.

The solution has been rolled out across the company’s pest control division, as an initial deployment, and consists of JobWatch, a mobile app ...

LiFi trial frees Graemsay residents from slow internet service

Residents on the island of Graemsay, an island off the Orkney mainland, Scotland, are now using a LiFi network to access the internet instead of their slow and congestion prone fixed line copper network, thanks to the 5G RuralFirst rural connectivity testbed.

Prior to the trial, which ...

UK Home Office awards ESN air-to-ground contract to Cobham

Cobham has been selected by the Home Office to provide the Emergency Services Network (ESN) with air-to-ground (A2G) communication capabilities.

The Aircraft Communications System (ACS) contract, valued at £64 million, covers both the equipment and services required for ESN’s A2G ...

Three launches 5G fixed wireless access service in London

Three has launched a 5G fixed wireless access service in London – allowing its customers to order a 5G ‘plug and play’ hub, which will provide them with fibre-like internet speeds, without the need for a fixed line connection.

The company is offering the service via a 12 month contract, ...

RootMetrics: EE and Vodafone pull further ahead of the pack

Rootmetric by IHS Markit has in its Review of the Mobile Landscape 1H 2019 reported that EE has the UK’s best performing mobile network, with Vodafone in second place, Three in third place and O2 bringing up the rear.

This pattern held true across UK-wide RootScores for overall ...

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