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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.

Motorola Solutions buys another video analytics firm

Motorola Solutions has acquired VaaS International Holdings (Vaas), a data and image analytics company, which had an initial focus on automatic number plate recognition (ANPR), based in Livermore, California and Fort Worth, for $445 million in a combination of cash and equity.

VaaS’ ...

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.

APD will ...

ENENSYS acquires Expway, looks forward to 5G broadcast future

ENENSYS – which designs and manufactures digital TV transmission technologies over mobile, terrestrial and satellite networks – has acquired Expway. In a statement, the latter is described as “the world’s leading provider of LTE broadcast infrastructure software and solutions.”

According ...

Ordnance Survey digital information partnership

Technology provider Mobileye has signed a deal with Ordnance Survey to provide the latter with “high precision road network location data.”

Integral to this will be the company’s “automotive camera-based mapping capabilities,” with the roll-out anticipated to support in particular the ...

Survey: connected devices becoming ubiquitous

The research and consulting arm of mobile operator association the GSMA has revealed that 90 per cent of people in developed countries now own a smartphone, with the average household also operating six ‘connected’ devices.

The information is found in two new reports based on consumer ...

UK company wins major IoT award

Technology firm Connexin has won the IoT Breakthrough award for smart city deployment of the year, for its work with the Newcastle Smart Road pilot.

According to the company, this year’s awards attracted more than 3,500 nominations from across the globe covering a range of categories, ...

Facewatch launches Latin American partnership

Facewatch distributor Staff of Technology Solutions has announced a deal with public safety reporting system Disque Denúncia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

According to Facewatch, the deal will enable “the state's most dangerous criminals to be automatically recognised when they pass ...

Radar/hand-gesture technology for phones takes a step forward

On December 31, The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted a request from Google to allow its Project Soli’s short-range motion sensors to operate at higher power levels than previously allowed, while also allowing their use while onboard aircraft.

The sensors are intended to ...


Yelspa invests in SmartDispatch system

Yelspa Ltd has obtained a private two-way radio system for its 1150 acre Aspley Estate agricultural site to allow reliable and constant communication between its 32 tractor fleet.

DCRS supplied a solution consisting of a Hytera MD785G digital mobile radio in each tractor, which features ...


Sepura renews partnership with Italian distributor

Digital radio manufacturer Sepura has signed a long-term deal with distributor Sintel Italia, ensuring a continuing pipeline for the company into the Italian market.

According to a statement, as part of the agreement, Sintel Italia will establish a certified service centre for Sepura’s ...

3GPP Release 15 final freeze delayed by three months

The cellular standards body announced last week that the ASN.1 freeze date for the ‘late’ drop of Release 15 specifications has been delayed by three months and will now take place in June 2019.

The ‘late’ drop contains additional migration architectures and 3GPP states that the delay ...

Study highlights costs of business-critical mobility failures

A study conducted by VDC Research on behalf of SOTI, an enterprise mobility management solution provider, has highlighted the increasingly business-critical nature of mobile devices and the applications they support.

It states that even one dropped connection or poorly performing ...

UK testbeds and 5GIC publish 5G security report

A report that has been produced by three of the UK’s 5G Testbed and Trials programme’s six 5G testbeds and the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre has made a number of security recommendations that if acted upon could help protect the UK’s future vital infrastructure.

The authors ...

GSMA: unlocking spectrum will add huge benefits to global economy

A report published this week by mobile network trade body the GSMA suggests that $565 billion could be added to global GDP in the next 15 years, through the freeing of spectrum for the mobile industry to deliver “innovative 5G services.”

According to organisation, the report – ...

JVC Kenwood completes purchase of 40% stake in Tait Communications

The Tait Foundation announced the completion of the sale of a 40 per cent stake in Tait Communications to JVC Kenwood on 10 December.

The deal was initially announced back in August by JVC Kenwood and Garry Diack, Tait Communications’ chief executive had been previously reported as ...

Nimans adds Cobra two-way radios to its portfolio

Nimans has become the exclusive UK distributor of a new range of rugged professional and business two-way radios from Cobra (one of the largest consumer radio brands in the US).

The models include the PU880 BG, which is claimed to have a 10km talk range and the PU500 BG with an 8km ...

ESMCP invites tenders for £100m air-to-ground contract

The Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) has published an invitation to tender (ITT) for the air-to-ground component of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) service.

The procurement seeks to establish a framework agreement valued at £100 million, that ESMCP and user ...

NATO deploys IoT satellite tracking devices to study marine currents

Scientists from the NATO Science & Technology Organization (NATO STO) are deploying an IoT solution using SPOT Trace tracking devices and Globalstar satellite communications to further their understanding of the world’s oceans.

Scientists from the NATO Science & Technology Organization ...

Vodafone launches self-optimising mobile plan for businesses

Vodafone has today (6 December) launched Business Optimiser, which it claims is the UK’s first self-optimising mobile payment plan and is available to organisations with more than 250 employees.

It has been developed because businesses’ requirements vary from month to month and the ...

Huawei and Intel's 5G milestone

Intel and Huawei have announced the successful completion of 2.6GHz 5G NR interoperability and development testing (IoDT), based on the 3GPP Release 15 global standard (September version). According to a statement, this represents the world's first test of its kind and is a "key milestone towards ...

Sepura's new Nordic connection

Sepura has recruited new business development manager Roland Pettersson with the aim, according to the company, of strengthening its presence in the Nordic market.

Speaking of the move, Gary Maughan, Sepura's regional director for Northern Europe, said: “Roland has a track record in ...


Nokia: IoT botnet activity up 33% since 2016

According to Nokia’s Threat Intelligence Report 2019, IoT (Internet of Things) botnet activity accounted for 78 per cent of malware detection events in communication service provider (CSP) networks in 2018. This is up from the 33 per cent seen in 2016, when IoT botnets were first seen in meaningful ...
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