Positive train control (PTC) technology has been the focus of attention--and finger pointing--ever since the May 12 Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers.
More than 425 representatives from federal, state and local jurisdictions, as well as vendor community participants, showed up either in person or via webcast for the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet) first "Industry Day."
Cisco Systems, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers are preparing to test the "listen, detect and avoid" protocol in the dedicated short range communications (DSRC) 5.9 GHz band, according to an FCC filing.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released its report on the First Responder Network Authority, finding, among other things, that while the organization has made progress, it still needs to complete a risk assessment, develop standards of conduct and come up with an evaluation plan for early builder projects.
The First Responder Network Authority made a couple of significant moves of late, setting May 14 as an "Industry Day" for interested parties to convene and beginning the process of accepting requests for one-on-one meetings with vendors starting May 15.
Sprint's years-long effort to be able to fully deploy its 800 MHz spectrum along the Mexican and Canadian borders got a boost after 29 U.S. senators wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry urging pressure on Mexican regulators to direct Mexican licensees in the band to retune to new channels.
Global Mobile Alert, a small company that got its start after its founder was hit--not once, but twice--by distracted drivers, is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a universal standard for, among other things, communicating the phases of traffic lights and other road conditions to drivers using mobile devices.
The Competitive Carriers Association wants the First Responder Network Authority to adopt technical requirements for the National Public Safety Broadband Network that maximize interoperability of the network.
The European Parliament approved plans to install emergency calling equipment in new vehicles, but only after beefing up the data protection requirements of the system.
Let the games begin--the games being the comment period on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) draft Request for Proposal documents.