The Urgent Communications Podcast

Listen to Urgent Communications' editors discuss news and trends in mobile communications technology, engineering, operations and governance with industry leaders and experts. The interviews are targeted to educate and entertain dealers, private radio and wireless systems operators and large volume commercial, industrial and public safety communications end-users on topics of current interest and professional development.

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Video Jun 21, 2018

NIST: Michael Ogata outlines methods, challenges for vetting security of mobile applications

Michael Ogata, a computer scientist for the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), explains how the methodology used in his Mobile Application Security Exercise (MASE) research can be used to help ensure that public-safety applications include the desired level of security.
Gallery Jun 19, 2018

Test & Measurement Gallery

Audio Jun 19, 2018

CritComm Insights: Ken Rehbehn highlights global progress of public-safety LTE, MCPTT

Ken Rehbehn, founder and principal analyst at CritComm Insights, provides an update on public-safety LTE initiatives in the United Kingdom, South Korea and Europe, based on insights gathered during recent travels, culminating with last week's Mission Critical Technologies event in London. Rehbehn also examines plans for many public-safety LTE systems to use LMR technologies to address off-network voice communications.
Video Jun 17, 2018

Univ. of Oxford: Pedro Gusmao demos navigation system designed to help locate firefighters

Pedro Gusmao, a researcher at the University of Oxford in England, explains how his team is developing a algorithm that can leverage dead-reckoning technology and inertial sensors to estimate the location of a firefighter or other first responder, even when network infrastructure is not available.
Video Jun 17, 2018

Univ. of Virginia: Homa Alemzadeh, Mustafa Hotaki showcase 'Siri for first responders' to help EMS

Homa Alemzadeh and Mustafa Hotaki demonstrate how voice-recognition technology can be combined with analytics and artificial intelligence to help EMS personnel provide medical care with greater accuracy and efficiency, particular when responding to large-scale incidents.
Video Jun 15, 2018

Cornell University: Kolbeinn Karlsson explains how blockchain technology can help public safety

Kolbeinn Karlsson, an electrical and computer engineering PhD student at Cornell University, discusses his research to explore the potential use of blockchain technology—best known as a key component for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin—as a secure method for public safety to enter and access data securely in sensitive databases.
Video Jun 15, 2018

TRX Systems: Carol Politi highlights company's partnerships, deployment successes

TRX Systems President and CEO Carol Politi explains how partnerships are helping the company realize widespread deployments and notes recent developments in its location technology.
Video Jun 10, 2018

Carnegie Mellon University: Anthony Rowe showcases firefighter-location technology

Anthony Rowe, associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University, demonstrates how an incident commander could leverage ultrawideband (UWB) beacon technology to track the location of firefighters, even when there is no traditional network infrastructure available.
Video Jun 08, 2018

NYU and Austin FD: Marco Mezzavilla and Alex Zottarelli discuss mm-wave project, benefits of collaboration

Marco Mezzavilla (left) of New York Univesity and Alex Zottarelli of the Austin Fire Department, explain the goals of their high-capity, millimeter-wave research project for public safety and highlight the benefits that can be realized when first responders and technologists cooperative to tackle communications issues.
Video Jun 07, 2018

PSCR: Margaret Pinson outlines goals of video-quality research project

Margaret Pinson, a computer engineer for the Institute for Telecommunications Services (ITS), explains how video-quality research could be used to develop algorithms that would help first responders and others at an incident scene record video in a way that is most helpful to the evidentiary and/or recovery processes.

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