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APD’s ICCS first to receive ESN accreditation

APD Communications’ integrated command and control system (ICCS) Cortex has been officially certified for use with the Emergency Services Network. It is the first such solution to be accredited by the Network Approval Testing Service, otherwise known as NATS.

The ...

Hytera reports 56% YoY increase in revenue for 2017

According to Hytera’s Annual Report, the Chinese company generated CNY 5.4 billion (£600 million) in revenue in 2017, up 56 per cent year-on-year. 2017 was the year that the company completed its acquisition of Sepura Group (including its subsidiaries, Teltronic and PowerTrunk) ...

RadioTrade and Panorama Antennas team up

RadioTrade Ltd became an accredited distributor for Panorama Antennas' range of antennas and accessories on 3 April. The distributor will have the most popular items stocked and ready for next day delivery.

Richard Searle, RadioTrade's managing director said: “We are ...

Innovative crime investigation tool launched

Information specialist SAS has launched Intelligence and Investigation Management, an analytics-based tool designed to help law enforcement agencies integrate disparate information streams in real time.

According to the company, the product uses text analytics to ...

MIT working on ‘wordless transcription’ technology

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a computer interface able to transcribe words which the user verbalises internally, without the need for them to speak aloud.

The system consists of a wearable headset, which uses electrodes ...

Airport FRS gateway solution tested

Sysoco has successfully tested a gateway radio solution ahead of a planned roll-out at Lyon-Bron and Lyon Saint-Exupery airports.

As part of the test, the company, which is a Sepura partner for France, took part in a rapid intervention exercise simulating an accident ...

Live ESN demonstration at BAPCO 2018 is a hit with users

A live demonstration of the ESN service took place at BAPCO 2018, with calls being made over an ESN handset provided by Samsung, Motorola Solutions’ software and the ESN network run by EE.

The demonstration took place using a beta release of the BSR1 software drop, ...

Hexagon joins British APCO

Control room specialist Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure has joined BAPCO (the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials) as a Platinum member.

According to the company, as a platinum member it will contribute to “the continuous improvement of UK ...

Public safety comms associations make major event announcement

BAPCO and TCCA have announced that next year's Critical Communications Europe - which is staged on behalf of the latter organisation - will take place in conjunction with the BAPCO Annual Conference & Exhibition. The venue for both will be the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, in March ...

Sepura achieves Airwave approval for its SC21 TETRA hand-portable

Sepura’s SC21 TETRA hand-portable has been approved for use by both Airwave and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for use on the UK’s Airwave Network, making it the second terminal in Sepura’s SC2 Series to receive network approval (the first was the SC20).


ESN: PAC “extremely concerned” by delays

Meg Hillier, chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has written to Sir Philip Rutnam, the Home Office’s permanent secretary, following the recent PAC hearing on the progress of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) project on 21 February.

In the letter, dated 14 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

London Mayor’s digital comms plan

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has asked those living in the capital to share their ideas on the potential future use of digital communications technology and data.

The request follows on from last year’s announcement by Khan that he wants to transform London into ...

iOS 11.3 to add support for Advanced Mobile Location

Apple has announced that iOS 11.3 which will go live this spring, will include support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML), which automatically send a user's current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.

According to ...

Frequentis UK appoints Andy Madge as managing director

Andy Madge, former managing director (MD) of defence and intelligence for Lockheed Martin, joined Frequentis UK’s Managing Board on 1 January 2018, taking responsibility for Frequentis AG’s UK and Ireland subsidiary.

The phased handover from existing MD John Gurney, ...

Sepura's journey to the East

The first TETRA terminals bearing the Sepura brand have been manufactured at Hytera’s Longgang factory in Shenzhen, China.

The radios - which include the company’s STP9000 series hand-portables and SRG3900 mobile terminals - were manufactured in December of last year. ...

Finnish authorities prepare for emergency services LTE

Finnish public safety communications prioritisation has been tested on a commercial 4G network in anticipation of the eventual incorporation of broadband technology into the country’s emergency services operations.

According to a statement released by Finnish ...

Airbus rolls-out LTE/TETRA app

Airbus has deployed smartphones equipped with its Tactilon Agnet app to organisers and staff at December’s Fortune Global Forum, which took place in Guangzhou, China.

According to the company, the roll-out was the first time that the solution - which allows LTE users ...
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