Andy Seybold’s Public Safety Advocate, March 21, 2019

Drive Tests, IWCE, and Palmyra Atoll.  After a two-week interruption in my scheduled Advocates, this one will hopefully serve to get back on schedule and to convey what we have been doing and why. First up is that Michael Britt and I drove to a number of areas in southern Arizona, then into California, and finally to Las Vegas and back to Phoenix. We were drive testing using the Sierra Wireless MG90 installed in my car to measure FirstNet and Verizon coverage along this route. The results and some of the maps that were generated are discussed below. Next came the IWCE Conference, once again well done. This year we decided to begin offering our “best of show” selections, also listed below.

One day after returning home, Linda and I left for Hawaii, where she stayed in Honolulu for the week I flew down to the Palmyra Atoll, about 1,000 miles and worlds away from Hawaii. This Atoll was used during WWII as a gun emplacement but is now jointly owned by the federal government and a non-profit preservation organization. The Atoll is being returned to its original state, which means eradicating thousands of coconut palm trees and other non-indigenous foliage. Our task is to review and recommend replacement of their older communications systems with a new Atoll-wide Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system, new marine and aviation radio equipment, some newer radar, and other items.

While the Palmyra Atoll is an unincorporated U.S. Territory, FirstNet will not build there. The average population on the island is about eight people, swelling to twenty-four, and falling to as low as four, depending on the time of year. I took my Sonim XP8 since I was told the Atoll is not gentle with electronics because of the rain (144 inches a year) and very high humidity. While there is no cell coverage on the Atoll, there is some WiFi and an older satellite service. Using ESChat PTT (Push-To-Talk), I was able to communicate with several people on the mainland. The XP8 came through the test of the weather and humidity perfectly. Planning a new communications system will be a real challenge but rewarding.

Read the Entire Column Here .Here are the articles I have selected with the help of Discovery Patterns artificial intelligence.

T-Mobile Begins Rolling Out Home LTE Internet Service

ExtremeTech Mar 21 14:10

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T-Mobile’s obsession with consuming Sprint is aimed largely at expanding the carrier’s access to spectrum for the coming 5G battle, but its home …

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson discusses future ‘world without screens’ at DC luncheon

Tech Insider Mar 21 10:00

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AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson waved an iPhone as he was interviewed yesterday by Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein at the spring luncheon of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.: We carry around these devices and they’re bigger than they should be, because there’s a lot of computing in here, there’s a lot of storage in here. When you get to 5G, all that computing, all that storage goes away – it’s back in…

Research on emergency medical internet set for Mississippi

Raleigh News & Observer Mar 20 14:40

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The authority, a federal agency known as FirstNet, is overseeing the building of a nationwide network to provide mobile phone and internet …

Cellular Players Face Stiff Opposition to 5G Proposal in 6GHz

Light Reading Mar 20 11:55

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A wide range of cellular companies is urging the FCC to allocate a portion of the 6GHz band for licensed 5G operations. But that proposal is facing …

Samsung might release the Galaxy S10 5G sooner than expected

BGR Mar 20 10:20

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There’s another exciting new smartphone Samsung has in the works though, and it appears as though it may be released even sooner than we …

How 5G, IoT and blockchain will change the Mobile Security landscape

OxGadgets Mar 20 09:35

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The next stage of the evolution of the internet has already begun. Not only will there be massive changes to the way internet works in the next few …

Senators push FCC to improve broadband data maps

Agri-Pulse Mar 20 08:55

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The Commission also maps mobile data coverage such as 4G and LTE. It’s more complicated because …

How Will 5G Unlock Location Targeting?

Street Fight Mar 20 08:15

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Instead of cell towers spread out like today, tiny 5G stations will blanket areas in a sort of edge-computing mesh network that distributes bandwidth and …

Secondary markets can pave the way for rapid 5G deployment

American Enterprise Institute Mar 21 14:55

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Indeed, other countries are already experimenting with 5G networks in this space. In 2018 the FCC, under orders from Congress to free up 255 MHz of …

Briefing: AT&T CEO accuses Huawei of blocking European carriers from shifting 5G suppliers

TechNode Mar 21 14:20

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AT&T CEO says China’s Huawei hinders carriers from shifting suppliers for 5G Reuters. What happened: On Wednesday, Randall Stephenson, …

City leaders pushing to make Charlotte the world’s first 5G city

Mar 21 12:19

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It’s the internet of things, and is a complex system of linked devices using the internet in ways you’ve never seen before. For example, your car could …

NIST pushes new encryption protocols for quantum, connected devices

Federal Computer Week Mar 21 09:24

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology is inching closer to developing two new encryption standards to protect the federal government from new and emerging cybersecurity threats.

Reflexis opens new technical support facility

Chain Store Age Mar 20 16:55

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… existing support team in Kennesaw, Georgia, will act as first responders to outages, scheduled maintenance or other issues for customers globally.

Samsung targets AI, 5G as key growth fuels

MENAFN.COM Mar 20 16:30

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(MENAFN) South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics is focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G, its vice chairman and chief executive …

Huawei Leads Worldwide Patent Applications In 2018 As Germany Launches 5G Auction

Business Times Mar 20 15:15

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Despite battling with the U.S. government on security allegations, Huawei made history as an all-time record holder in patent applications with the …

How 5G is crucial for autonomous cars and connected smart cities

Gearbrain Mar 20 15:15

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Vehicles talking to each other via a cloud server is one part of what 5G can offer. Another aspect is when vehicles talk to their environment, with the …

Verizon’s 5G To Launch April 11 In Chicago And Minneapolis Only

Hayden Herald Mar 20 15:00

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Verizonlast year was based off proprietary specifications but the current launching of 5G service is based off of standards developed by 3GPP and so …

CBRS Alliance Takes Aim at 5G

Light Reading Mar 20 14:40

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Use cases that require ultra-low latency, such as precision Industrial IoT (IIoT), will be ideal for extension into 5G services, setting the stage for the …

Building a network of partners is key to boosting UK 5G readiness

Channel Pro Mar 20 14:15

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Building a network of partners is key to boosting UK 5G readiness …

T-Mobile CEO talks pricing post-Sprint merger, reiterates that 5G won’t cost extra

TmoNews Mar 20 12:55

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He claims that T-Mobile will invest nearly $40 billion in its nationwide 5G network to get eight times the capacity by 2024 than standalone T-Mobile or …

AT&T Spreading Fiber Service in Louisville After Google’s Exit Mar 20 11:15

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The company unveiled its 5G policy framework that hinges on three pillars mobile 5G, fixed wireless and edge computing. In order to have a …

Q&A: Former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Says It’s Time for More Regulation of Big Tech

AdWeek Mar 20 08:05

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As chairman of President Obama’s Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler did much to dispute late-night host John Oliver’s memorable characterization of his revolving-door appointment as “the equivalent of needing a babysitter and hiring a dingo.” His tenure at the agency saw the passage of strong net neutrality rules, broadband privacy protections and other pro-consumer reforms,…