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 Aug 20, 2018

Harris: Don Griffis highlights features of SCBA integration with XL-200 P25/LTE device

Don Griffis, sales engineering manager for Harris, explains how the company has integrated its XL-200 P25/LTE handset with the Scott self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) mask to provide firefighters with significantly better audio quality and volume control.
Video Aug 16, 2018

Hytera: Steve Cragg outlines benefits of new full-duplex DMR communications

Steve Cragg, vice president of Hytera America, describes the functionality associated with the company’s full-duplex communications over its DMR portfolio, including the capability of using mobile and portable radios as a single-frequency repeater.
Video Aug 15, 2018

Hytera: Steve Cragg describes use cases for new E-pack portable DMR repeater

Steve Cragg, vice president of Hytera America, showcases the company’s new E-pack, a portable DMR repeater that can be carried and deployed quickly in locations where fixed terrestrial coverage is unavailable. In addition, the repeaters include 10 hours of battery power and can talk to each other, enabling the establishment of an ad-hoc network when deployed.
Video Aug 15, 2018

Anritsu: Jeremy Davis highlights techniques for measuring RF coverage inside buildings

Jeremy Davis, a field application engineer for Anritsu, explains how the company has worked with TRX Systems to develop an RF-coverage mapping solution for inspectors and facility owners that works inside buildings, where GPS often is ineffective.
Video Aug 15, 2018

General Dynamics: Mark Raczynski showcases FirstRunner deployable LTE system

Mark Raczynski, General Dynamics Mission Systems’ business development lead and product manager for public-safety deployable systems, details the features of the FirstRunner, a 550-pound LTE deployable solution that fits into standard elevators and escalators and can be operational within 30 minutes of arriving at a scene.
Video Aug 15, 2018

VNC: Keith Kaczmarek showcases IOPS-compliant Band 14 LTE network in an 8-pound backpack

Keith Kaczmarek, Virtualnetcom (VNC) board member and senior vice president of strategy, explains how VNC's RAID Direct Access Response Terminal can be carried easily by first responders to provide a "bubble" of LTE coverage in locations where terrestrial networks are unavailable.
Video Aug 15, 2018

Motorola Solutions: Doug Bartman explains interoperability features of Critical Connect offering

Doug Bartman of Motorola Solutions highlights the capabilities of Critical Connect, the company’s new subscription-based, interoperability solution that that provides ISSI-based functionality as a service, allowing ASTRO 25 users to talk with push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) solutions provided by Kodiak, which Motorola Solution purchased last year
Video Aug 15, 2018

AT&T FirstNet: Fred Scalera outlines capabilities in new Emergency Drop Kits for FirstNet

Fred Scalera, director of public-safety strategy and policy for AT&T-FirstNet, highlights the capabilities of the Emergency Drop Kit, a 25-pound deployable package that first responders can take with them into areas that lack terrestrial-network coverage. Connectivity is provided via satellite backhaul, and the Emergency Drop Kits can be deployed in a daisy-chain method to establish a larger Wi-Fi coverage “bubble.”
Video Aug 10, 2018

Motorola Solutions: Jennifer Mitchell highlights upcoming location-on-receive capability on ASTRO 25 systems

Jennifer Mitchell, a product manager for Motorola Solutions, explains how the company’s new location-on-receive functionality will be able to transmit the location information of all ASTRO 25 users without degrading voice performance on the network.
Video Aug 09, 2018

Televate: Joe Ross highlights features of Pinpoint app to verify carriers' local coverage, performance

Joe Ross, a partner at Televate, demonstrates some of the capabilities of Pinpoint, the company’s new software application that public-safety agencies and other entities can use to verify the local coverage and performance of mobile broadband services from FirstNet and/or commercial wireless carriers.

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