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Virgin Media 02 takes flight with 5G rescue drones

Swiss drone company Fotokite has announced a new partnership with Virgin Media O2 to test 5G-enabled, tethered drones for use with emergency services.

The simulated rescue trials, which VMO2 claimed are the first ever in the UK, saw the tethered Fotokite Sigma system ...

Signify adds narrowband smart lighting with Telensa acquisition

LED lighting specialist Signify has completed a deal to acquire UK company Telensa adding narrowband street lighting to its offering.

Telensa, which was valued at £11m, will continue to sell under its own brand as a subsidiary of Signify. Telensa claims to have ...

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust selects Globalstar SPOT

Globalstar has announced its latest deployment in the field of science and environmental protection by supplying its satellite-enabled SPOT Gen4 to help Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s soil researchers.

The Trust’s Yorkshire Peat Partnership (YPP) will use the SPOT ...

Dispatch software launch marks APD rebrand to NEC

NEC Software Solutions – formally APD Communications - has developed a new computer aided dispatch product, called Dispatch.

Discussing the solution, a spokesperson for the company said: “The cloud-based software has been developed with input from control room ...

New chief exec for Tait Communications

LMR manufacturer Tait Communications has appointed Dr Yoram Benit as its new interim chief executive.

Benit, who joined Tait in early 2018 as global president of technology integration before being promoted to chief operating officer a year later, took over the top ...

First commercial narrowband IoT-over-satellite launched

Satellite-to-Earth communications software specialist Inmarsat has announced a partnership with California-based Skylo to develop what it claims will be the “world's first commercial narrowband Internet of Things(IoT)-over-satellite solution”.

The deal will pair ...

Industry honours control room heroes

?APD has held the 2021 iteration of its annual Control Room Awards online, with the ceremony taking place in the middle of May.

The annual awards are described by APD as recognising “the selfless and unstinting efforts of control room individuals and teams who go ...

Councils use IoT sensors to tackle flooding

Two London borough councils have partnered with remote monitoring specialists Aquasition to trial the use of sensors which they claim will help prevent flooding.

Sutton and Kingston Councils are deploying the sensors, which use Internet of Things (IoT) technology to ...

Viavi expands automated testing for L3Harris two-way radios

Viavi Solutions has announced an expansion of its partnership with L3Harris Technologies to provide enhanced automated test capabilities for L3’s P25 and DMR two-way radios.

The Viavi 3920B Radio Test Platform and 8800SX Digital Radio Test Set enable automated test ...

Sepura wins HR and business recognition

Radio manufacturer Sepura has received Investors in People silver accreditation, as well as ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the recent Cambridge News Business Awards.

The company received the award after its latest assessment with Investors in People (IiP), which came ...


BAPCO 2021 call for content

The BAPCO 2021 call for conference content has been issued, with a deadline for entries of 10 May. This follows the recent rescheduling of the event - which will take place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry - to October of this year.

Speaking of their hopes for the ...

Getac gets new EMEA distributor

Getac has unveiled plans to expand via a new distribution deal with Bechtle, Germany's largest IT system house and European IT e-commerce provider.

The company – which produces ruggedised tablets and notebooks - first collaborated with Bechtle three years ago. The ...

Norfolk FRS enables ESN early adoption

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has deployed a suite of Panasonic Toughbooks, for use as mobile data terminals on its fire appliances.

The devices have been rolled-out in conjunction with LTE Panorama antennas, and routers supplied by Cradlepoint. The latter products ...

London ambulance deploys tech to protect staff

London Ambulance Service is rolling out body-worn video cameras with the aim of protecting its paramedics from violence. The cameras are being provided by Motorola Solutions.

According to figures released by the service, 529 incidents of violence towards staff have ...

APD collaborates with what3words

APD has launched a new cloud-based control room mapping software – ‘Maps’ – designed to “optimise emergency services’ response to incidents”.

According to the company, the solution locates personnel, as well as “callers, vehicles, incidents, points of interest and ...

BAPCO online conference schedule announced

Details of the conference programme for BAPCO: The Online Event have been released. The virtual show - which is being run in lieu of the organisation’s rescheduled annual Conference & Exhibition – will take place between the 2-4 March this year.

Running across the ...

Northgate broadens offer with software acquisition

Northgate Public Services has announced the acquisition of Charter Systems, which it describes as “a leading supplier of covert operations software to police services in the UK and Canada.”

According to Northgate, software developed by the latter company is used by ...


CCWeek content available on demand

The organisers of Critical Communications Week have announced that all presentations from the event are being made available from this week.

Speaking of the move, a spokesperson for Mark Allen Exhibitions said: “CCWeek was a landmark event, and we're excited to now be ...

Online ICCAs showcase sector innovation

The winners have been announced of the 2020 International Critical Communications Awards, which this year took place online at the inaugural Critical Communications Week.

Presentations were delivered by finalists across the course of the event’s five days, with the ...

Avon FRS collaborates with comms giant

Avon Fire and Rescue Service and Airbus have developed new command software designed to be the “first step” in fully digitising the incident ground.

According to a statement, the solution collates operational information, mapping, GPS data, communications as well as ...

Major MCPTT landmark reached

The first pre-verification of a Mission Critical Push-to-Talk conformance test case has been achieved.

According to a statement issued by TCCA, the aforementioned test case utilised a TTCN-3 tester from MCS-TaaSting, in conjunction with a mission critical services ...

Nokia router gets FirstNet sign-off

Nokia’s 7705 SAR-Hmc wireless service aggregation router has been certified for use on FirstNet.

According to the company, the device is designed to extend service routing to “remote sites, hubs and network edges” while also supporting smart grid distribution ...

Frequentis expands portfolio with new investment

Frequentis has acquired a 15 per cent shareholding in Spanish software specialist Nemergent Solutions.

The latter company – which has its headquarters in Bilbao – develops mission critical services, including MCPTT via LTE. According to Frequentis, Nemergent is ...
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