Issue Date
Issue 41
Issue 41May- June 2016


London Buses gears up for DMR in-vehicle radio project

The private MPT 1327 analogue two-way radio system used by London’s 9,000 buses has reached capacity and is in need of replacement. Dr Dimitris Kaltakis, Radio Services Manager at London Buses, tells James Atkinson why it has opted to replace it with a DMR Tier III trunked radio system

Globalstar and Manx Telecom offer combined satellite and cellular for first responders and remote workers

Combining satellite and terrestrial communications for first responders in an easy to use and affordable way has proven elusive up until now, but Manx Telecom and Globalstar think they have come up with a solution, as James Atkinson finds out

BroadMap project to shape PPDR future communications in Europe

The EC-funded BroadMap project will collect end user requirements to develop specifications and a roadmap for future interoperable public safety broadband radio networks, services, devices and applications, as James Atkinson reports

ETSI and ATIS spearhead TETRA/P25 and LTE interworking standard

Narrowband legacy radio systems are expected to co-exist with 4G LTE broadband systems for some years, which means a standard for interworking between the two needs to be written, as the TCCA and ETSI’s Malcolm Quelch explains to James Atkinson

British Gypsum deploys Icom’s IP Advanced Radio system in UK mine

Leversedge Telecom replaced the existing communications system at British Gypsum’s East Leake mine with Icom’s Wi-Fi IP radio system, which had the advantage of providing a scalable licence-free communication system using the existing WLAN

Wireless robots transform Ocado’s on-line grocery business

Online grocery retailer Ocado has collaborated with Cambridge Consultants to pioneer a new wireless technology designed to control and monitor 1,000 robots in real time at its new warehouses. James Atkinson finds out more

Can drones be used to extend wireless coverage to remote areas?

With Goggle and Facebook both vying to use drone technology to increase Wi-Fi access to remote parts of the world, Dr Dave Sloggett examines the issues involved and the challenges to be overcome

Mobilisation work for ESN gets underway

The UK has taken the bold move of moving its emergency services communications onto a commercial mobile network operator, but details of how the new £1bn Emergency Services Network will work have been hard to come by until recently. Six months on from main contract awards, James Atkinson takes a look at what we know so far

The devil is in the details for the US FirstNet first responder LTE network

The US First Responder Network Authority has much to contemplate regarding its fledgling nationwide FirstNet broadband network for first responders, argue Mike Hunter and Scott Neal of Mission Critical Partners