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All two-way radios sold or imported to the United States must abide by FCC regulations, according to an advisory issued this fall by the Federal Communications Commission. When it comes to VHF/UHG radios and FCC rules, here’s what you need to know to be compliant.

Tags: Digital Two-Way Radios, Public Safety Communications

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With today’s speed of information and tech-savvy civilians, social media is not a passing trend. And now more than ever, law enforcement and social media are coming together to keep people safe, informed and enlightened about the role of law enforcement in our society.

Here are the many benefits law enforcement officers across the country are gaining by tweeting, posting, and sharing; along with the challenges in social media they’re learning to overcome.

Tags: Public Safety Communications, Next Generation Public Safety, Social Media, Safety Solutions

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Emergency responder radio coverage in buildings is guaranteed by WiFi and cell coverage, right?

Wrong.

Our new video explores the importance of a dedicated distributed antenna system solution for first responders and why it’s so important for developers, architects and construction crews to work with public safety in mind from the very beginning.

Tags: Public Safety Communications, Distributed Antenna System

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The secret to finding the perfect firefighter radio and communications equipment is simple: Shop for features first.

Given the budget concerns facing public safety, the inclination is to shop for what you think the department can afford rather than what’s required.

But what will serve you best in the long run is to select your two-way radios and other communications equipment by functionality, not price.

Tags: Public Safety Communications

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The case for investing in a mobile command center (MCC) for police departments and other public safety agencies is strong – they’re easily customizable, can be as high-tech as you need them to be, and they’re appropriate for a wide variety of use cases.

With the proper mobile command center, police officers and first responders have the ability to host all of their necessary functions in a single area, all while being able to move throughout their community as needed.

As public safety technology and 911 Communications continue to evolve, the benefits for investing in a mobile command center are as compelling as ever.

Tags: Public Safety Communications

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Complying with requirements for public safety DAS, or distributed antenna systems, can be daunting for everyone involved, including the municipal officials in charge of enforcement.

Developers, contractors and building owners are looking to municipalities to offer guidance, oversee testing and ultimately give the blessing for building occupancy permits. It can be a lot of information to keep track of, especially when the stakes are so high.

For building owners and municipal officials asking and fielding questions about public safety DAS, here’s a quick reference guide to keep handy.

Tags: Distributed Antenna System, Public Safety Communications

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Now that all 56 U.S. states and territories have opted in to FirstNet, the country has taken a monumental step toward the goal of a nationwide broadband LTE network dedicated to first responders.

It’s an exciting time to consider the impact on the future of 911 communications. The power of FirstNet means first responders will have the kinds of technology in their hands that most consumers take for granted: real-time transmission of voice and data, high-speed service and precise location capabilities, to name a few.

All first responders across the country – police, fire, EMS – are set to benefit from the technological advances of FirstNet, and here’s a closer look at what that could mean for the future.

Tags: Public Safety Communications

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If you’re in the market for a new two-way radio solution, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all of the options: Analog vs. digital? Trunked radio system vs. Conventional? Repeater vs. Distributed Antenna System?

Working with trusted two-way radio service providers is ultimately the best way to determine which solution will best meet your needs, and it’s a good idea to go into your conversations with providers with some homework already done.

For now, let’s start with just one of your many options by helping to answer: What’s the difference between a conventional and trunked radio system?

Tags: Two Way Radios, Public Safety Communications

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Anyone on a college campus who’s ever been let down by a cell phone’s spotty reception or an overloaded cell network will immediately appreciate the benefits of long range two-way radios.

Range, reliability and interoperability are the unbeatable assets against even the smartest smartphones out there.

With that comparison in mind, here are the top three benefits of long range two-way radios for college campuses. To make the right selections for your campus, make sure to work with two-way radio service providers who specialize in campus public safety

Tags: Public Safety Communications, Education, MOTOTRBO

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To earn the designation mission critical, a mobile radio for public safety must deliver the same robust functionality and innovative safety features as its handheld counterparts, and be easy to install and use.

Motorola has set the gold standard for land mobile radio technology for law enforcement, firefighters and emergency first responders, and the company has an estimated 80 percent market share in the United States, according to Morningstar.

It’s no wonder then that the top four mobile radios for public safety are powered by Motorola. Below we'll take a quick look at each one. To make the right selections for your department, make sure to work with two-way radio service providers who specialize in public safety.  

Tags: Public Safety Communications, Two Way Radios

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