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Airbus Defence & Space has introduced the world’s smallest fully-featured TETRA radio to the UK market this year at B-APCO.

The TH1n is the thinnest and most lightweight handset available today, and is part of a significant investment by Airbus in the UK public safety communications market both in terms of current technology and the provision and development of mission critical communications for the future.

The TH1n handset, which won the title of ‘Best Tetra Enterprise Product’ at last year’s International Tetra Awards, has undergone the necessary formal evaluation process with the CESG, the government’s national technical authority for information assurance, for certification in the UK, and Airbus and the CESG have worked closely on the software evaluation to ensure the radio achieves accreditation. This certification is imminent, explains Elizabeth Baker, the lead for ESMCP for Airbus, which means the TH1n will become available to users in the UK within the quarter.

The handset has also undergone conformance tests with Airwave to ensure its suitability to operate on the Airwave national TETRA network, and Airbus has invested in extensive user trials.

The TH1n’s impressive attributes go beyond just its small size, however. ‘Along with all the features users expect from a DP3400 radio, the TH1n comes with a number of extras,’ says Elizabeth. ‘These include the unique “Where are you?” feature, an automatic capability that gives users visibility of other members of their talkgroup by providing details on how far away and in which direction their closest colleagues are. This information is displayed on screen without consuming any traffic units.’

Another useful feature is the Man Down capability that sends an alert to the control room if an officer is out of action for any reason and the handset has been left on its side for a certain period of time.

Finally, the TH1n incorporates some mobile phone features, such as the ability to set it to silent or vibrate mode. ‘Coupled with the small size of the radio, which fits easily into a jacket pocket of handbag, this is ideal for anyone doing discreet work as it allows them to monitor the activity in their talkgroup in an unobtrusive manner,’ says Elizabeth.

The TH1n will be available through the multi-agency National Airwave Framework Agreement, which is open for use by public sector bodies using the Airwave service via the Bluelight portal.

‘Bringing the TH1n handset to the UK is part of our programme of investment in this market,’ adds Elizabeth. ‘Airbus is committed not only to helping customers move to the future of mission critical communications through LTE but also enabling them to get the best out of the networks available today, and we believe that this is what the TH1n does.’

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Diverse Power Leverages Exalt Backhaul for Large-Scale UHF Radio Network

So i discovered this post on the web and i heard that just posting it as the whole article isn’t a good thing, I got permission from the original writer and read up how to curate articles, so that is it…….i thought this was fascinating as it highlights some of the highs and lows that I encountered when i was working inside the industry.

Exalt Communications, Inc., the leading innovator of next-generation wireless connectivity systems for private networks and Internet infrastructures, today announced that Diverse Power, an electric membership cooperative based in La Grange, GA has deployed Exalt ExploreAir microwave backhaul systems to link traffic from its TETRA UHF Walkie Talkie network back to its fiber core.

With 36,000 customers throughout counties in Georgia and Alabama, Diverse Power’s far-flung operations in this rural area require highly reliable radio communications among its maintenance personnel. Working with Exalt partner Dean’s Commercial Two-Way of Cataula, GA, Diverse Power deployed a TETRA UHF radio system for its workers and selected Exalt ExploreAir microwave backhaul systems to carry traffic among sites in Manchester, Mulberry Grove, and Red Oak, GA.

“We wanted a first-class system all the way with our radio network, and Dean’s Two Way recommended Exalt for its outstanding performance and reasonable price,” said Randy Shepard, senior vice president of Diverse Power. “Exalt gives us a fiber-speed backhaul infrastructure that we can rely on in all weather conditions, even during the recent ice storms.”

Diverse Power deployed Exalt ExploreAir systems in all-outdoor configurations on links between Mulberry Grove and Manchester, and between Red Oak and Manchester. The systems carry 100 megabits per-second of Ethernet traffic. While the microwave systems backhaul voice radio traffic today, Diverse Power is looking ahead to carrying SCADA traffic over the links in the future.

“Fiber and microwave are the only technologies that can reliably backhaul traffic, and Exalt microwave offers customers distinct advantages when expanding a network over a broad geographical area,” said Amir Zoufonoun, CEO of Exalt. “Our systems are scalable, providing customers like Diverse Power the capacity they need to optimize energy delivery, increase productivity, enable two-way information exchange with customers for greater control over their electricity costs, and easily add future service offerings.”

About Exalt Communications

Exalt Communications, Inc. is a forerunner in the global Internet revolution, delivering high-value wireless systems that transform the economics of connectivity. Exalt wireless systems extend or complement network fiber and replace now-outdated copper, enabling customers to accelerate time-to-market, optimize network performance, and reduce network infrastructure costs. Today, over 2,000 global customers, from the world’s largest mobile operators to independent service providers, government agencies, and multinational enterprises depend on Exalt systems as they move their applications to the Cloud, enable mobility, and connect the unconnected.

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two Way Radios in Industry Application

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Virtually every industry which needs to communicate with its personnel cost effectively and instantly by voice or data has a requirement for a Kenwood analogue or NEXEDGE® digital two way radio solution, whether in simple peer to peer voice communications or a voice and data enabled trunked network.

We have attempted to provide a snapshot of some of the most common industry applications, but there are hundreds of others which have yet to be reported from taxi and delivery services to mining, aerospace and forestry.

If you are an existing user of Kenwood licensed analogue radios or NEXEDGE® digital Headsets located anywhere in Europe, Middle East or Africa, we would very much like to hear from you to learn how you have put your Kenwood radios to work for your business.

Please click here to send us an outline of your application story and we will contact you for more details. If we publish your experiences either as one of our Market Sector examples or as a News Story or Case Study, we will present you with two NEXEDGE® digital hand portable walkie talkies of your choice, free of charge, to add to your system. Just for your reassurance if you are currently operating licensed analogue radios, NEXEDGE® digital hand-portable walkie talkies feature Analogue/Digital Mixed Mode which (unlike some other brands) allows them to communicate automatically with existing analogue radios whatever the make; providing a straightforward and economical way to use your existing radios while you upgrade to the benefits of digital.

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How Mototrbo Walkie Talkies are helping the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort improve.

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“With the old way, housekeeping would call the front desk, or the front desk would get a call from a guest. They would use a cell phone to call the right person and it might take ten minutes to reach them. With MOTOTRBO, the process is rolling within 30 seconds. A couple of minutes can make all the difference in the world to the guest waiting for someone to show up and fix the problem.”

– Steve McGuire, Director of Engineering, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

Integrated data capability can significantly increase staff efficiency and guest satisfaction

Integrated voice and data capability, as well as the operating software of the walkie talkies which enables easy integration of customized workforce applications, further increases staff productivity.

• Customer Relationship Management: If housekeeping needs a repair in one of the guest rooms, they can now radio engineering to report the problem. MOTOTRBO’s data capability allows the engineering supervisor to use the Guestware application to open a ticket and assign it to a staff member who verifies receipt. The application directs the flow of activity by monitoring the open ticket, enabling the supervisor to ensure the job is finished within the required time. When the repair is completed, the employee uses the radio to close out the ticket which documents the activity from start to finish. Supervisors can assign accountability and ensure that the problem is taken care of in a timely manner. “With the
old way, housekeeping would call the front desk or the front desk would get a call from a guest,” says McGuire. “They would use a cell phone to call the right person and it might take ten minutes to reach them. With MOTOTRBO, the process
is rolling within 30 seconds. A couple of minutes can make all the difference in the world to the guest waiting for someone to show up and fix the problem.”

• Telephone-to-radio interface: Hotel management and key employees working on-site or remotely can use mobile or landline phones to place a call that goes direct to the MOTOTRBO radio users on the resort property. Leveraging the Teldio RBX application enables third party convention services to contact radio users directly through cell or landline to meet guest needs, speeding response through immediate contact.

• Email messaging: MOTOTRBO radios can accommodate custom data applications that adapt the radios to specific business needs. With a third party application, the resort’s MOTOTRBO radios can convert email messages to text. For example, touch screens installed at the door of each conference or meeting room allow guests to request refreshments, initiate a room temperature request or other need. A text message is then sent via MOTOTRBO to the Convention Services staff, along with the location from which it originated.

• Text messaging: Text messaging enables discreet communications, allowing employees to receive and respond to requests from
the front desk without disturbing guests. In addition, security staff can send a discreet pre-programmed security text message indicating “incident in progress” to every security radio on the property.

Emergency alarm and staff collaboration enhances guest safety and security

The radios are also equipped with an emergency button that sends an audible alarm to all security radios and activates the microphone to transmit ambient noise, conversation and activity at the scene to the security radios. In addition, the MOTOTRBO Capacity Plus software enables an emergency or broadcast channel which allows collaboration between the hotel staff and security. During opening week two guests suffered medical emergencies. Hotel personnel sent out an alert and within minutes, medical and security

staff were at the scene.

Dramatic cost savings and rapid return on investment

Currently the hotel chain uses push-to-talk cellular technology in their hotels around the world. Depending on the number of phones, service fees can reach thousands of dollars per month or more. Because the new resort has replaced their cell phones with MOTOTRBO, which is a private digital two-way radio system, they save $14,000 a month. Even when factoring in maintenance and other operational expenses, the hotel estimates that over a five-year period, they will net around $500K in savings when compared to cellular
and push-to-talk subscriber services. “We ran the numbers for them and calculated that they will achieve a complete return on investment within about 18 months,” says Sherman. Because of the dramatic cost savings and rapid ROI, the hotel chain is considering MOTOTRBO radios for their other properties.

With its new flagship property, the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa is proving that the right technology can significantly increase efficiency, reduce cost and keep its guests satisfied and coming back. With uninterrupted coverage throughout the hotel and grounds, enhanced features, increased capacity, crystal clear audio, and integrated data applications, the MOTOTRBO digital two-way radios help hotel staff throughout the resort maintain the gold standard of flawless guest service.

Some of the trained writers on the net are at a really high level that i wonder if any of them have ever written a paperback? well from time to time i like to highlight these outstanding items and here is one i thought was interesting the other day.

Bebo, the troubled social network that got re-acquired by its serial entrepreneur founders Michael and Xochi Birch last year, is today launching its first app in its bid to return to glory. Blab is a video-based “two Way Radio” app for iOS that lets users send messages to others with the app, as well as those who don’t have it.

It’s the first of three apps that the company, working with the Birchs’ Monkey Inferno incubator, plans to release this year, in the hopes that it will draw more users back to its platform, once with 100 million users and attractive enough for (TechCrunch owner) AOL to buy it for $850 million before eventually selling it off, leading eventually to Bebo filing for bankruptcy.

Shaan Puri, CEO of Monkey Inferno, tells us that Blab has been in private beta for the last four weeks and managed to get 775,000 people to sign up for its waiting list in the meantime to try it out. It’s been a long time coming. Apparently Monkey Inferno experimented with three different apps before deciding to launch Blab.

I took the opportunity of the launch to ask, in a market absolutely full of messaging and video apps, why Blab?

The answer is fairly logical, if a little unspiring for its emphasis on making money. “Ev Williams said it best when asked what the formula is for building the next billion dollar company,” Puri told me in an email. “‘Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.’”

Away from the business aspect, Puri and his team think that the much-tried formula for video messaging apps has room for improvement. “Skype and Facetime were great innovations, that pushed communication past a basic phone call,” he says. “Millions of people around the world have used video chat communicate. The problem is, there is lots of friction. It requires long blocks of time, scheduling with another person (often in a different timezone), and it’s live, so it requires your undivided attention. [But] mobile is a different beast. Mobile is about being ‘on-demand’, about being lightweight, and on-the-go. We took those principles and built an app that 100M+ people will love to use.”

Puri believes that Blab, as a result, has a few key factors that differentiate it from competing apps. The first of these, he says, is ease of use. “We designed the app for the specific purpose of video messaging,” he explains. “For example, sending a Blab is dead simple. Hold-to-Record, Let Go to Send. That’s it. On Snapchat, an app known for being lightweight, the same task takes 5 separate steps (flip camera, press record, review the video/add a caption, choose the recipient, then hit the send button).”

He also points out that the fact that the app is designed to draw in users to create content, but not necessarily to consume it. “Blab[ing] people who don’t have the app is a key innovation,” he says. Even in this regard, users without the app can decide whether or not they would like to download the app to reply to messages.
“Most social products suffer from the chicken-and-egg problem, since you can’t use them until your friends are on the app,” Puri notes. “But you don’t want to invite them, because you don’t know if it’s any good or not!”

Indeed, this is one of the most frustrating aspects of app onboarding, in my own personal experience. I’ve even had friends (non-techie friends) suspect my email of getting infected with viruses when I invite them to start interacting with me on new products so that I can try them out on “normals.”

Puri also differentiates Blab from other social messaging products. “At first glance, it’s easy to lump Blab in with other popular services (Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, etc..) but there is a fundamental difference,” he says. “Those products were built to show something to your friends. Blab is built to communicate with your friends. This is obvious once you’ve used the app – so our challenge will be to get people to give it a try for the first time.”

Puri says the next two apps are currently being built and beta tested by a team of four. It’s still up in the air, it seems, whether what is being tested now is what we will see shipped. ” We kill products if they don’t show the right metrics in beta testing, and pass our internal gut check,” he says. “For example, we prototyped/tested three different apps before striking gold with Blab.”

For that reason, Puri would not talk about what’s coming next, except to say that they will all follow the “model” of Blab. By that he means “Apps that are fun, social, and do just one thing, really really well,” he says.

For a company that basis at least some of the logic of going for messaging apps on a “billion dollar” formula from a repeat entrepreneur, it’s interesting that for Blab there doesn’t seem to be a business model in place. Asked what Blab may do to monetise, Puri responds: “We quite literally have not had a conversation about this yet. We are lucky to be in a position where we can focus on just making things that people love to use. If we do that, we’ll be alright.”
I’ll be giving Blab a test drive shortly. Let us know what you think of the app, too.

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Colombia probes reported military spying of peace negotiators

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Colombian military intelligence operatives intercepted phone communications of the government’s negotiating team at peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels, a newsweekly said on Tuesday, prompting the interior ministry to announce a probe of the reported espionage.

Interior Minister Aurelio Iragorri said the government appeared to be the victim of the surveillance. President Juan Manuel Santos and his Cabinet ministers had never ordered the interception of phone communications, Iragorri told Caracol two Way Radio.

Colombia began peace talks in Cuba with the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, in November 2012, weeks after Santos announced he had been holding secret talks with rebel leaders.
The negotiations have surfaced as a campaign issue ahead of elections in May in which Santos is running for reelection.
Semana weekly magazine said the cellular phones of peace negotiators Humberto de la Calle, Sergio Jaramillo and Alejandro Eder were intercepted, as well as leftist politicians like former Senator Piedad Cordoba.

Data from text messages were collected, but telephone calls were not listened to, it reported. The espionage was conducted from a Bogota restaurant and adjoining Internet center set up as front for the operation.
The government peace talks with the FARC guerrillas are conducted in secrecy, which both sides have held to, except for brief communiquč± about their progress.

This is the first spy scandal to emerge since the government intelligence agency known as the DAS was shut down after revelations of wire-tapping during the government of former President Alvaro Uribe.
The government and FARC have fought for five decades.
The peace talks, while mostly popular, have some detractors, like Uribe and his party’s choice as candidate for president in May, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga.

The aim of the military intelligence operation, code named “Andromeda,” was to garner as much information as possible about what was being discussed at the peace talks in Havana, according to a source cited by Semana.
Commenting on the Semana report, Interior Minister Iragorri said, “The most important is to carry out an internal investigation because this government at no time, no minister or the president, have given any instructions to interfere with communications of anyone.”

“In this case we are more the victims than the victimizer,” he added.
Semana said it spent 15 months investigating the spying and spoke to as many as 25 sources before publishing.
For a link to the Semana story, please see URL:
here (Editing by W Simon)

The History Of The Two way radio

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The walkie talkie, also known as the handheld transceiver has a rich history and has been instrumental in developments in the military sphere. Fundamentally they are a hand held way to communicate with anyone else who has a similar device. Their history can be traced to the Canadian government who during the Second World War designed the device in order that military operatives had a ready form of communication for operational activities.

The first walkie talkie device was the Motorola SCR-300. First being released in 1940 it was not as handheld as modern variants; at this time the smallest devices still required the user to carry a backpack. However development occurred quickly and in the latter stages of the war a handheld device was released being labelled the ‘handie talkie’ by troops. The term walkie talkie, although being used describe all modern devices during the war referred to the backpack model rather than the handheld. The handie variety however suffered in terms of operation because of its reduced size.

Development after the war was rapid with improvements to both range and size evident amongst the allied nations. However the walkie talkie still had its limitations. Due to the power restrictions, normally only a few watts, the communication applications were somewhat poor. Most handheld devices of the post war era, even up to the seventies operated poorly in built up areas where buildings restricted the transmission of radio waves. As a result, military personnel often had to utilise a highly mounted ‘repeater’ that vastly improved the range of the device.

Today the Walkie Talkie is still a frequently used device in the military although modern models are far smaller and usually integrated in the form of headsets and mouthpieces. The devices however are not purely used in the military sphere, applications today include the public sector, outdoor activities and security personnel, in fact anywhere where constant communication is needed, a walkie talkie is regarded a standard piece of equipment. Other developments have improved the durability of the devices making them shockproof and waterproof. Some developments have focussed on the size of the devices; modern electronics have allowed light and small models to enter the market. Additionally, designers have incorporated scrambling devices in order for operatives to have private communications; this type of development has been especially useful in the construction of police radios.

The walkie talkie has also become a popular toy for children. Predominantly these are low power devices that do not require a licence because they operate in a specific frequency range and do not have the power to communicate over long distances. Normally the components used in the construction of these toys are far cheaper than ‘adult’ varieties meaning that they are not applicable for uses in business. In addition, while more expensive models have a separate microphone and speaker, the children’s models use one speaker for both purposes. One use that is not normally present on adult variants is the inclusion of a code button on kid’s devices. While this is included for the use of Morse code messaging, it is usually used to annoy parents.

The walkie talkie has come from a military background, created to ease the tasks of those in warfare to a device that can be used by children as a toy. This shows that it has entered many different sections of society and has become integral to many different communication requirements. Without the invention of this device, short range communication would not be as easy; the role they play in security, law enforcement and safety procedures cannot be underestimated and most probably form the most important developments the walkie talkie has brought us.