for April, 2014
in the News
We recently learned
there was a significant surplus of unspent federal
funds allocated for the construction of a nationwide
interoperable data network for public safety users.
Presumably, companies like AT&T, Sprint, and
Verizon are incapable of building operating networks
capable of providing service in times of emergency.
Without further explanation, construction of these
"hardened" networks were begun in our
major metropolitan areas.
As a citizen taxpayer, we thought you might be
interested in seeing how your tax dollars are being
spent. Click here
for a very interesting article from the Sacramento
Bee. We'll be having more to say about
interoperability later in this newsletter along with
other information that we hope you will find to be
8.6 Billion in 2013 Grant Funds Remain
The following is an excerpt from a recent
article published on line by RadioResource Media
Group that may be of interest to our law
earlier posts, we noted that significant amounts
of 2013 federal grant money remains unspent. We
now know that the the amount is 8.6 billion
dollars. We recently provided suggestions to law
enforcement agencies in Alabama and Mississippi
with recommendations for funding requests that
might be approved. Obviously, there are other
opportunities, in particular for our No Time
For Crime program. Click here for
Photo and article
excerpt courtesy of RadioResource Media Group
Time for Crime Program Expanded!
partnerships between law enforcement and the
community make our cities safer from crime!
local law enforcement agencies, we have developed a
simple and affordable system that can reduce
response time to less than TWO minutes! Our
newest addition to the program is a device known as
HelpAlert III which works in conjunction with
existing alarm systems. Additional information on
the No Time For Crime Program (NTFC)
is available by clicking here.
A variation of the NTFC program, known as the SafeCities
program is now available for improved response
time as well as a similar system especially designed
for medical assistance. Like the NTFC program,
there is no charge to the first responder agency or
any monthly charges to the user. For
additional information on the SafeCities
program, drop us an email to ServingU@falcondirect.com.
Affordabe DMR/Analog Repeater!
newest, affordably priced DMR repeater has been
announced by Hytera. The RD622 provides both analog
and DMR digital capability in a compact wall mount
The RD622 provides both analog
and DMR digital capability in a compact wall mount
cabinet and you can have up to 16 CTCSS codes in the
analog mode to separate user groups. No need for an
external power supply - it's built in! If you need a
duplexer, that can be built in as well. For
more information, click here!
difference between Tetra and everything else!
is an interoperable wireless integrated work flow
management system - Everything else, including
Analog, DMR, NXDN, and P25 systems are just 2-way
why do we say this? Simple! Everything else was
designed for voice communications! TETRA was
designed for voice AND data communications with 4 to
1 channel efficiency versus 2 to 1 channel
efficiency for DMR and Phase 2 P25. The features
that cost extra in other systems, like GPS, and Man
Down capability are standard with TETRA.
Additionally, integration with SCADA and advanced
touch screen dispatch consoles are available that
follow, select, and administer individuals and work
groups. More information is available by clicking here!
Ought To Own A BlueBox!
a single day, two of our customers had a repeater go
down. So, how did we get them back on the air? With
is many things to many people. It can be a mobile
repeater to extend the range of portables, a range
extender to make up for lost coverage in rural
areas, as a control link between widely separated
base stations, as a cross band repeater to bridge
VHF or UHF analog radios to digital radios (DMR,
NXDN or P25), conventional or trunked, in the 150,
450, 700 or 800 MHz bands. And now it can serve as a
repeater fixer! More information is available
by clicking here!
Odds and Ends
news that didn't make the front page.....
was the month when those of us in the wireless
communications business make our annual pilgrimage
to Las Vegas to learn what's new and attend endless
bragging and BS sessions (some of which are actually
informative). Here's what's new for 2014.
Our business (private wireless) was first
attacked by Nextel which almost destroyed private
mobile communications. They were followed by
the public wireless carriers with itsey bitsy pocket
communicators which gave us a good slap in the head
until folks learned that they didn't have good rural
coverage and the monthly fees could be
significant. Now we are in the sights of the
defense contractors (actually, the term should be
OFFENSE contractors). This includes the likes
of General Dynamics, Harris, Raytheon and of course,
the ever present Motorola.
While they are killing each other in the marketplace
for a very interesting article), the offshore
competition intensifies, and the government gets
larger with ever diminishing accountability.
We now have two new suppliers of voice pagers in the
marketplace (We really needed that) and at least one
manufacturer bringing us a duplex 2-way radio for
use in the Wi-Fi band (Now THIS has some very
interesting possibilities!). The Chinese are
continuing to drop prices and increase competition
as the demand for their high capacity manufacturing
drops world wide.
Healthcare was a big topic. It seems that most
lower income folks can't afford the new lower
premiums so they aren't signing up. As we
understand things, that means they will not have
health coverage and they risk being fined for not
paying for something they can't afford.
Other than the aforementioned news, everything is
Thanks for visiting with us. We appreciate
Burch Falkner and all
the Falcon Team
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