Public Safety

FCC reiterates vertical location rules, deadlines

20 July, 2020

The US Federal Communications Commission has redoubled on its efforts for quickly locating people who call 911 from wireless phones in multistorey buildings.

Big budget boost for NZ search and rescue

17 July, 2020

New Zealand's search and rescue bodies will benefit from a $54.8 million boost, which includes funding for communication technology.

Hamburg police, fire services prepare for future comms

15 July, 2020

The German city's police and fire control rooms will be equipped with a multimedia system able to handle phone, digital radio, text, webchat and social media.

BroadWay's prototype phase has begun

14 July, 2020

Three consortia have been chosen to build prototypes for the BroadWay pan-European broadband communication system.

Finland's Codea joins TCCA

01 July, 2020

Codea's software is used by rescue services, hospitals and private ambulance companies for navigation and for the handling of emergency missions.

Royal Commission calls for communications input

24 June, 2020

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has invited input on emergency services communications and other topics.

A critical time for Australia's comms ecosystem

23 June, 2020 by Geoff Spring

Australia's public safety communications ecosystem urgently needs to be officially recognised as critical infrastructure in order to secure its future.

EE, Nokia to trial 4G LTE air-to-ground network

22 June, 2020

EE has signed an agreement with Nokia to build a nationwide 4G LTE air-to-ground network for the UK's Emergency Services Network.

FirstNet Board approves US$218m network upgrade

22 June, 2020

The upgrades will set the FirstNet network core on the path to 5G and will expand the fleet of deployable assets.

Planning for Australia's connectivity during natural disasters

16 June, 2020 by Gavin Wilson*

Authorities must include network technology that can provide failover or fast pop-up options for connectivity during disasters.

New GRN site goes live on the NSW Central Coast

09 June, 2020

The NSW Telco Authority continues to expand the government radio network, with a new site activated at Wyong Creek on the NSW Central Coast.

Victoria's SCC reaches eight-month milestone

20 May, 2020 by Amy Sarcevic

The State Control Centre has been activated for eight months straight, dealing with crises such as bushfires, COVID-19 and extreme weather events.

Comms industry input to the 'Bushfires' Royal Commission

15 May, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

Communications and disaster management experts have outlined steps that should be taken to improve Australia's mission-critical communications environment.

Power loss the main culprit for bushfire comms problems

13 May, 2020

Loss of power rather than fire damage was the main contributor to mobile network outages during the 2019–20 summer bushfires, according to an ACMA report.

Canberra provides $37.1m emergency comms boost

12 May, 2020 by Jonathan Nally

The federal government has announced funding of $37.1 million to improve communications resilience during natural disasters, including satcoms and more backup power.

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