17th – 18th November 2014
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, USA
TETRA has arrived in the Americas, bringing the guarantee of secure voice services alongside data services and applications that offer new efficiencies to Mission Critical Users. This year it has been used to ensure safety and security during the Super Bowl and the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
IIR recently interviewed, Andy Schwartz, Director of Radio Communications, New Jersey Transit on his experiences of using TETRA during the Superbowl.
IIR: How has the TETRA Network for New Jersey Transit developed in the last year?
AS: Since the past year, we have added over 1500 subscribers to our system and are operating throughout the State of New Jersey along our bus and light rail routes. We continue to add base station sites as part of our initial project and are looking to expand coverage to serve the needs of our radio system users.
IIR: What were the challenges in preparing the network, services and users for the Super Bowl 2014?
AS: The Super Bowl was a large undertaking. For radio coverage, there was significant coordination required between all local, state, and national level agencies participating in event along with the NFL. In addition to developing an incident communications plan, public safety frequencies had to be coordinated with the NFL who handles coordination for all non-public safety users, both domestic and international, who were planning on using radio at event. NJ TRANSIT went to the FCC with a request for Special Temporary Authorization using frequencies identified by our consultant for use at three major transit hubs serving the Super Bowl event. The FCC was very helpful and quickly granted our request for a two-week period centered around the date of the game. The final challenge was securing backhaul to connect our TETRA base stations to the core. We used a variety of methods including in-house fiber, microwave, and leased circuits. (more…)
21 July 2014:
The TCCA welcomes the stated commitment of new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to make much better use of the great opportunities offered by digital technologies.
In his New Start for Europe document, President Juncker states: “…. we will need to have the courage to break down national silos in telecoms regulation, in copyright and data protection legislation, in the management of radio waves and in the application of competition law. … Enhancing the use of digital technologies and online services should become a horizontal policy, covering all sectors of the economy and of the public sector.”
Emergency services have an increasing demand for access to mobile broadband data services for their PPDR operations. The establishment of mission critical mobile broadband data services ideally requires a frequency band located below 1 GHz. An opportunity is opening at 700MHz. This band is today inter alia used by terrestrial broadcasting services, but is expected to be shared or ultimately fully re-allocated to mobile service at the World Radiocommunications Conference in November 2015 (WRC-15).
Will LTE really be able to offer Mission Critical Users the services that they need? When? And at what cost? What steps are being taken to ensure that there will be a global standard for Mission Critical Mobile Broadband?
Standardisation for Mission Critical LTE is VITAL. The topic will form a key part of the debate at Critical Communications World 2014. Watch the videos below to hear more from ETSI, the French MOI and TCCA on the importance of developing common standards. Users of all Critical Communications technologies must draw together to drive forward common goals for Mission Critical Broadband technologies. (more…)
Critical Communications Europe 2014 will bring together experiences and opinions from across the European continent to help develop existing TETRA networks and develop future services and standards. This will be the first opportunity in 2014 to come together as a community with mutual interests to ensure continued excellence in the current European climate.
Registration is now open – Join us for Critical Communications Europe, 10 – 12 March 2014, Amsterdam to hear all about the latest development.
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We have now developed the conference agenda, which will highlight two key themes throughout:
- Making sure that existing networks are being used to their fullest operational potential
- Approaching next generation networks with cost effectiveness, practicality and standardisation as a priority
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TETRA is now being deployed in the Americas as THE secure radio choice for the Transit, Airport and Utilities communities. Are you looking to find out more about TETRA’s specific technical attributes and benefits?
Join us for TETRA Congress Americas, 14 – 15 November 2013, New York to hear all about the latest deployments.
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NEW PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
We have recently updated the agenda and added some brand new sessions and speakers to the TETRA Congress Americas program – Download your latest copy here
Genesee County will receive more than $5.4 million in grant funding from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Interoperable Communications to upgrade the County’s 800 MHz Public Safety Radio System.
Legislature Chair Mary Pat Hancock was notified of the grant award in a letter dated Feb. 4, 2013, from the New York State Division of Homeland Security.
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