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.

Ongoing trials to stop drones delivering contraband to prisoners

US company Securus Technologies has launched a pilot program to assess the use of drone detection technology to combat UAV threats in relation to prisons.

According to the company, the initiative has been prompted by the increasing use of drones to deliver contraband into correctional ...

ESN achieves new milestone

The UK government's LTE-based planned replacement for Airwave, the Emergency Services Network, has achieved its first successful demonstration over a live public mobile system.

According to a statement from the Home Office, the test took place at the beginning of February, between an EE ...

LiFi integrated into devices

PureLiFi has integrated its LiFi-XC system into an off the shelf commercial Dell laptop and manufactured a LiFi phone sleeve to operate with a Samsung mobile phone.

The company’s team also performed a Skype call on a LiFi enabled mobile phone to an audience at its stand at Mobile World ...

New guest WiFi solution announced

?Fontech has launched an upgraded guest WiFi offering. The product, according to the company, is aimed at service providers looking to target the small business segment.

The solution is comprised of an app, enabling users to “customise the guest experience.” The system is accessed ...

PSNI chooses new command system

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has awarded Capita the contract to provide its new command and control system.

The solution - ControlWorks - will be installed across PSNI’s three regional contact management centres. The contract is for an initial seven-year term, with ‘incremental ...

Vodafone to take one small step for 4G

Vodafone will bring 4G coverage to the Moon next year, 50 years after humans first walked on its surface.

PTScientists, a Berlin-based company, is working with Vodafone Germany and Audi to achieve the first privately-funded Moon landing: Mission to the Moon. This is due to launch in ...

Home Office to present ESN review in the Summer

During a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing, Joanna Davinson, the Home Office’s chief digital, data, and technology officer, said that the Home Office is now aiming to release its strategic review of the programme to rollout the Emergency Services Network (ESN) at the end of July.

Gatwick flies into the cloud

Gatwick is introducing what it claims is the world’s first cloud-based flight information display system used by a major airport.

The system, which is called VisionAir, is accessible across the facility from over 1,000 ‘cloud-based screens’ via a web browser. According to the airport, ...

Home Office to present ESN review in the summer

During a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing, Joanna Davinson, the Home Office’s chief digital, data, and technology officer, said that the Home Office is now aiming to release its strategic review of the programme to rollout the Emergency Services Network (ESN) at the end of July.

Report: AI the answer following increased malware encryption

Cyber security officials are relying increasingly on automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence to defend against attacks, according to figures released by Cisco.

Cyber security officials are relying increasingly on automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence ...

Industry giant launches IoT suite

Nokia has announced a range of technologies designed to facilitate the development of digital cities. New products include ‘IoT for smart cities,’ ‘Sensing as a service’ and ‘S-MVNO for public safety service.’

The company describes IoT for smart cities as “a fully-integrated, modular and ...

Telia Company joins TCCA

Telia Company, a commercial telecommunications operator with operations across Europe and Asia, has become a member of TCCA, the global representative organisation for critical communications.

The critical communications market is beginning to open up to commercial operators. Currently, ...

West Yorkshire Police’s fingerprinting on the move

West Yorkshire Police is rolling out automated mobile biometrics technology to 250 of its officers following a recent trial.

The application - which is supplied by Motorola Solutions - runs alongside the company’s already widely-deployed mobile information solution Pronto. The force is ...

Nokia launches security services

Nokia has announced two products - a risk index and managed security service – to address potential threats to telecom systems. The company refers to them as a “unique and holistic” approach to targeting security challenges across mobile, IP and fixed networks.

The security risk index ...

Airbus helps to secure major conference

Airbus has announced that it will be provide the 54th Munich Security Conference with mission-critical and "tap-proof" communications, when it takes place at the end of this week.

According to Airbus, organisers and security staff at the event will be using its Tactilon Dabat combined ...

EE makes rural connectivity plans

EE has pledged to provide 'superfast' broadband to previously poorly connected - mainly rural - areas across the UK. The company has estimated that its service will ultimately reach in the region of 580,000 premises, with trials having already taken place in the Northern Fells area of Cumbria.

Ericsson announces 5G forwards compatibility

Ericsson has stated that products from its Radio System radio access network installed post-2015 will be able to run 5G NR (new radio). This functionality will be achieved through remote software installation.

According to the company, there are 150 different radio variants in the ...

Port of Hamburg 5G testbed

Deutsche Telekom and Nokia are using the Port of Hamburg as a testing area for 5G in an industrial environment.

The companies have commissioned an 8000-hectare area of the port in which to carry out trials of key functions, in particular network slicing. According to a statement, an ...

Control Room Awards shortlist drawn-up

The finalists have been selected in APD’s 2018 Control Room Awards, which is the first of its kind to recognise the work carried out by UK emergency services communications staff.

The shortlist was drawn up by a panel of six judges from more than 200 nominations, the vast majority of ...

Track24 launches app to locate and notify employees during emergencies

Track24 has launched SearchLight, a smartphone application and notification system, designed for businesses, multinationals and government organisations, to protect and account for staff during an emergency or disruption.

The company states that the system has been developed “with ...

Jersey trials IoT expansion

Telecommunications company JT is rolling out a new LPWA network across Jersey, with the intention of improving the island’s Internet of Things capability. The company has collaborated on the project with Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation and Sony Europe Limited.

The solution is ...

Openreach to speed up its fibre rollout

Openreach has today launched its ‘fibre first programme’ – which includes accelerating the company’s rollout of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) by 50 per cent, with the new aim of reaching three million homes and businesses in the UK by the end of 2020.

The BT-owned company has announced ...

'Virtual network assistant' a world first, claims manufacturer

Self-learning wireless networks specialist Mist has launched what it claims to be world’s first AI-driven virtual network assistant (VNA) for wireless troubleshooting.

Based on the company’s AI engine - known as Marvis - the solution is intended to identify Wi-Fi issues, correlate events ...
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