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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.


Sector heavyweights’ Industry 4.0 agreement

Hytera has signed an agreement with Siemens on what it calls “comprehensive and sustainable strategic cooperation in Industry 4.0, lean production, and intelligent manufacturing.” The signing took place during the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai at the beginning of November.


Hexagon collaborates on Microsoft smart city patrol car

Microsoft has deployed Hexagon technology designed to improve first responder safety and efficiency, into a smart city patrol car. The car is being demonstrated at the Smart City Expo World Congress, which is taking place this week in Barcelona.

According to Hexagon, the Intergraph ...

ESN: Challenges have led to anticipated delay

Representatives from the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) have delivered its latest ESN progress update to the UK parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.

Home Office permanent secretary Philip Rutnam (pictured), and Stephen Webb, senior responsible owner ESMCP, ...


Ofcom: sharing factor increase scheduled for January

Vaughan John, head of business radio at Ofcom, said that the increase in the sharing factor for technically assigned business radio licences from two to three (a change to the Business Radio Technical Frequency Assignment Criteria) is expected to be implemented in January 2018

“…LS ...

Chris Pateman to retire as FCS CEO

Chris Pateman will step down from his role as CEO of the Federation of Communications Services on 30 November 2017

Itret Latif, FCS’s deputy chairman, will act as interim CEO while the Board seeks a replacement CEO. Latif is the former Telecoms Business Manager of Scottish and Southern ...

Industry heavyweights plan global IoT network

Inmarsat has partnered with telecommunications provider JT Group, enabling what it calls a "holistic connectivity solution for Internet of Things technology." The planned global network will combine Inmarsat’s satellite communication infrastructure, combined with cellular data provided by the ...


Arthur David gets customer service boost from route-planning solution

Arthur David, a fresh produce distributor, has improved its customer service through using Maxoptra route planning and scheduling software.

Since implementing the TomTom telematics integrated software, Arthur David has introduced a ‘one-call’ customer care policy. The software gives ...

Libelium partners with NEC on IoT

Internet of things specialist Libelium has integrated six NEC cloud solutions in its IoT gateway Meshlium. The solutions are: Biz4, NEC Connexive, RoboMQ, Spark Compass, Symphoni and Ubicamóvil.

According to Libelium, the reason for the move was to extend the interoperability of its ...

Major changes to Ericsson management

Ericsson has appointed Fredrik Jejdling as its executive vice president, replacing former EVPs Jan Frykhammar and Magnus Mandersson. Jejdling will also continue in his current role as head of business area networks.

According to the company, Frykhammar and Mandersson are leaving to ...

T-Mobile Netherlands prepares for next gen LTE

T-Mobile has deployed Oscilloquartz’ OSA 5420 synchronisation technology as part of its rollout of TD-LTE services across the Netherlands. Oscilloquartz is owned by ADVA Optical Networking.

According to ADVA, the use of the grandmaster clocks will help its client prepare for LTE Advanced ...

London: Mayor launches tech initiatives to boost innovation

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today (2 November) launched two new tech initiatives to boost the sector and help harness the capital’s tech talent to make life better for Londoners.

Speaking at WIRED Live at Tobacco Dock in east London, the Mayor announced that City Hall will fund 20 ...

Orange Business Services and BlueTide partner on maritime comms

Orange Business Services is providing BlueTide Communications with BlueTide with managed global Ku band VSAT capacity, with the ability to switch to alternative satellite beams, providing seamless global coverage. BlueTide can provide vessels with live video surveillance, cybersecurity and systems ...

Anglian Water awards sewage spill monitoring contact to Radio Data Network

Radio Data Network’s FDT (Flow Detection Transducer), which has already played a key role in Anglian Water’s Event Duration Monitoring (EDM) 1 programme for combined sewer overflows (CSOs) since 2012, has been selected to play a key part in the water utility’s EDM2 programme to monitor the duration ...

Demand for IT staff with mobile skills up by 39%, but salaries hold firm

Demand for permanent IT staff with mobile skills has increased by 39 per cent in the past year (from Q3 2016 to Q3 2017), according to the latest Tech Cities Job Watch report from Experis.

Combined with a 26 per cent rise in the number of contractor roles in the same discipline, Experis ...

Core Network Dynamics joins the MulteFire Alliance

Mobile core network start-up Core Network Dynamics (CND) today (1 November) announced it has joined the MulteFire Alliance, which aims to broaden the LTE ecosystem by enabling complete mobile networks to be deployed in the unlicensed spectrum.

Mobile core network start-up Core Network ...

City police roll out rugged tech

The City of London Police has deployed a number of ruggedised tablets as part of its ongoing mobile working project. The devices - which have gone to 318 uniformed officers - have been supplied by Panasonic.

According to the company, the Toughpad FZ-M1s were chosen following a series of ...

Body worn video to be used during police interviews with suspects

The Home Office is planning to allow the use of body worn video to record interviews with suspects carried out by police officers and has begun a consultation on the new regulations that will allow this change in procedure

The move follows a number of successful roll-outs of body worn ...

Abbey Logistics Group opts for Microlise’s telematics solution

Abbey Logistics Group, one of the UK’s largest bulk liquid and powder transport providers, is deploying a Microlise fleet management telematics solution to 350 tractors and 300 trailers in its fleet

Microlise Fleet Performance will provide Abbey Logistics with real-time visibility of its ...


Company outlines plans for ‘gigabit society’

Systems company ZTE has outlined its future European business strategy, including ideas on how to implement what it refers to as the ‘gigabit society’ through the deployment of fibre.

The strategy was relayed via the company’s senior vice president Xiao Ming, speaking at the World ...

Huawei: Bristol overtakes London as UK’s smartest city

Bristol has overtaken London to become the UK’s leading smart city, according to the second UK Smart Cities Index, commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting. The Index is based on evaluations of 20 cities and their strategies, projects and overall readiness in using digital ...

Major player ‘miniaturises’ LiFi solution

PureLiFi has launched what the company claims to be the world’s first complete, commercially-available LiFi system.

LiFi-XC consists of an access point alongside a dongle, allowing it to be used via laptops, tablets and smart appliances. Three times smaller than its previous iteration, ...
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