Public Safety

US mobile networks at severe risk from fires

11 November, 2020 by Chris Barncard

About one in four people in the US live in areas served by cellular phone towers at risk of an outage caused by wildfires, according to researchers.


Telcos, energy networks addressing power outages

06 November, 2020

Energy Networks Australia and Communications Alliance have signed an MOU to improve collaboration and knowledge-sharing to better respond to emergency situations.


NSW SES begins Far North Coast migration to the PSN

05 November, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

The NSW SES is taking advantage of a huge boost in in-vehicle radio coverage from Byron Bay to Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.


First findings from Virve 2.0 devices RFI to be announced

03 November, 2020

Initial findings from Finland's Virve 2.0 mobile devices RFI will be presented in an online session on Thursday, 5 November as part of Critical Communications Week.


$10m for rapidly deployable emergency comms

29 October, 2020

COWs, SatCOWs, NBN Road Muster trucks and portable satellite kits will be acquired and pre-positioned ahead of the 2020–21 bushfire season.


Next-generation distress beacon research

15 October, 2020

NASA has partnered with Australia's SmartSatCRC to advance distress-related communications and navigation technology.


Telecommunications essential to keeping Australians connected

14 October, 2020 by John Stanton | Supplied by: Communications Alliance

The development of the Telecommunications Emergency Communications Protocol provides a common operating model for communications disaster management.


Security for mobile and wearable devices

08 October, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

Potential security vulnerabilities inherent in smart devices being used by first responders are reviewed in a new NIST report.


Upgrade for Vanuatu's emergency radio network

06 October, 2020

Vanuatu's national government will get an upgraded emergency radio network under a joint project with Australia.


Finland strides ahead with its Virve 2.0 devices RFI

28 September, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

Erillisverkot has issued an RFI for end-user devices that could be used by Finland's forthcoming public safety mobile broadband network, Virve 2.0.


P25 Steering Committee, CISA release P25 resource

28 September, 2020

The Statement of Project 25 User Needs aims to help users better understand P25 technologies and identify their communications needs.


New Zealand appoints next-gen emergency comms board

02 September, 2020

The former CEO of Air New Zealand, Rob Fyfe, has been appointed chair of the Next Generation Critical Communications Executive Governance Board.


Bushfire Inquiry recommends communications improvements

31 August, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

The NSW Bushfire Inquiry has made a range of recommendations for strengthening the state's emergency communications capabilities.


Public safety research reports released

28 August, 2020

The US National Public Safety Telecommunications Council has released several reports covering MCPTT and the use of emerging technologies.


Public warning systems for safer societies

26 August, 2020 by Marta Azevedo Silva

Public warning systems help to protect the population by allowing for timely management of the emergency and an opportunity to reduce its impact.


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