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7 ways to make the most of a single key press on the radio »

You depend on your TETRA radio every day. It must be easy to use. Yet today’s radios are super-powerful tools with many features and options. A logical menu structure makes it intuitive to navigate to and select any of the radio’s capabilities. However, to activate your most commonly used functions, what could be quicker and easier than a single key press? Here are seven useful (and...

13 Dec 2018 by Jukka Saari  |  TETRA radios

What everyone is saying about professional apps »

The third Airbus survey into the state of the professional mobile apps market ran from November 2017 to January 2018. We analysed the 112 responses to the survey and this blog post summarises what we found.

23 Nov 2018 by Rahim Zaknoun  |  Public safety apps , Critical communications , Professional apps

Professional apps vs. mainstream apps – what is the difference? »

Imagine a police officer, or anyone who uses a professional radio. They may look at a smartphone and then at their radio and think: “I could use some of these smart apps in my job. They would make my work a lot easier and more efficient.” Could it work? Would it be a good idea? How do consumer apps differ from professional apps?

9 Nov 2018 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Professional apps , Public safety apps

What does "TETRA over LTE" mean? »

TETRA over LTE? Public safety LTE? What do these things really mean? Ask an engineer to explain what TETRA over LTE means and they may say something like: "TETRA over LTE is an LTE smart device application and an interface in the TETRA service core to connect from the smart device to TETRA services, using a secured VPN tunnel over LTE data access." Okay, but what does that mean in everyday...

23 Oct 2018 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  Critical communications

How to solve TETRA radio buyers' top 5 problems »

What is your biggest challenge when buying TETRA radios? That's the question we put to our readers. People like you. Hundreds responded. Their answers are revealing. It seems there are five top issues radio buyers face, from getting best value for money to ensuring total security. This post reveals how to solve these top five challenges.

1 Oct 2018 by Jukka Saari  |  Critical communications , TETRA radios

Extreme traffic? Here's how to keep your critical users always connected »

Do your key radio users need to keep in touch, even when traffic reaches extreme levels, say during a serious incident or at a major event? If so, there are two solutions that could be just what you’re looking for - and as a bonus, they are also very cost-effective to set up and use.

13 Sep 2018 by Janne Tarkiainen  |  Critical communications

How to recognize a professional push-to-talk application »

There are things that a professional push-to-talk app just has to deliver, but which a generic PTT app cannot. When choosing a PTT app for professional use, what should you look for? We look at 12 must-haves for a professional PTT app.

2 Jul 2018 by Pierre-Yves Roy  |  Professional apps , Public safety apps , Critical communications

Three reasons I loved Critical Communications World this year »

The doors to Critical Communications World (CCW) closed in Berlin on 17 May 2018 following three days of intense activity. It was busy, it was tiring, but it was also very informative and enjoyable. After a few days of reflection, I have identified what made CCW so worthwhile this year. Here are my three reasons for loving this event, and one thing that really caught me by surprise.

23 May 2018 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Events , Critical communications

Busting the myths of professional app use »

You might think you know how professionals use mobile apps – but do you really? The latest Airbus mobile app survey took an in-depth look at how professional organizations go about getting apps, how they use them, what their priorities are and what they expect of their app vendors. The results deliver some surprises so let’s dive in and bust ten myths of professional app use.

10 Apr 2018 by Rahim Zaknoun  |  Public safety apps , Professional apps

How to use 7 communication security strategies like the pros »

Critical organizations need total security for their professional communications. Indeed the high security enabled by today’s dedicated Tetrapol and TETRA networks has been one of their key selling points. In addition, it is vital to ensure security in other areas. Which are the seven strategies of security that need to be used so that operations do not become compromised – today or in the...

27 Mar 2018 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Critical communications

What Wikipedia can't tell you about hackathons »

Buzzword it might be, but the term “hackathon” frequently comes up in discussions. Yet, do you know what a hackathon actually is and why they are organized? What is so great about working 24 hours straight or a whole weekend, bringing your idea to life? Participants in an Airbus Critical App Challenge – a hackathon like event – reveal things that you won’t find elsewhere.

13 Mar 2018 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Public safety apps , Critical communications , Professional apps

7 reasons why you don't need a more powerful radio »

A patchy radio connection and black spots are definitely to be avoided when professionals need a radio for their jobs. To avoid such issues, you might think it reasonable to specify a radio with more output power. It’s a logical, gut reaction - but not really helpful! Why? Here are 7 reasons why a higher-power radio is not the best answer when you want more coverage and better communication.

23 Jan 2018 by Jukka Saari  |  PMR radios , TETRA radios

Five must-have features of a hybrid TETRA+LTE device »

What are the most important features of a dual-mode device to help public safety and other industry professionals in their daily work? Who better to ask than the users themselves with their years of experience in using mobile communications in the field? So that’s what we did and our test users came up with five features they considered essential in a hybrid device.

18 Dec 2017 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Critical communications , TETRA future

Check these 5 things before buying a professional application »

Need to save lives but also want to save time and money? Tick off these requirements and get the professional apps you need.

20 Nov 2017 by Catalin Gheorghiu  |  Public safety apps , Critical communications , Professional apps

Comment un réseau hybride haut débit Tetrapol vous aide à éviter certains risques »

Peut-être possédez-vous un réseau Tetrapol dont vous et vos utilisateurs sont satisfaits. Il est fort probable que vous recherchiez tout de même des moyens de l'enrichir grâce à des terminaux intelligents dotés de nouvelles applications mobiles. La continuité de vos communications actuelles vous préoccupe-t-elle ? Voulez-vous éviter ces quatre risques particuliers ?

3 Nov 2017 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  En français

How a hybrid TETRA and broadband network helps you avoid risks »

Today, you may have a TETRA network which you and the users are happy with. Chances are, you may still be looking for ways to complement its voice and narrowband data with new mobile applications on smart devices. Are you worried about the continuity of your current communications? Do you want to avoid four particular risks?

3 Nov 2017 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Critical communications , TETRA future

The best way to boost Direct Mode range may surprise you »

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? The more output power a PMR radio has, the further it will reach in Direct Mode? But not so, think again. In fact, more radio power will not give you a much better range in Direct Mode (DMO). Read on to learn why – and to discover the best way to achieve the best Direct Mode range.

9 Oct 2017 by Jukka Saari  |  PMR radios , TETRA radios

Four ways to tell if you're living in a city that's getting smarter »

With more of us living in cities than ever before, urban life is under pressure and there seems like there is more of everything – people, traffic, energy use, journeys, pollution, congestion and waste. Cities will have to get smarter to deal with all this – but how do you tell if your city is smart? How do you know it is evolving to meet these challenges? Here's a look at four signs that a...

22 Sep 2017 by Pierre-Yves Roy  |  Critical communications

What virtual reality could mean for you professionally - right now »

A fire brigade commander looks around at the devastating scene before him – a burning lorry is overturned on the highway, threatening to set fire to other vehicles. Injured people stagger from their cars, helped by paramedics and firefighters. Yet, he has not left his control room. How is it possible?

11 Sep 2017 by Rahim Zaknoun  |  TETRA future , Public safety apps , Critical communications

Take five – videos show how smartphones can transform your work »

When buying new smartphones for your organization, what do you do? Read reviews, talk to colleagues and industry experts? If you’re confused about all the changing technology, you might even look at market reports on the changes in the rugged smartphone markets. Reports are fine as far as they go, but eventually you have to bite the bullet and get into the specifics of products and how they...

25 Aug 2017 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps , TETRA future , Critical communications

5 big benefits of hybrid networks for smart airports »

Airports depend on professional radio communications to run their operations smoothly. By going ‘smart’ and adopting a hybrid network that delivers the best of both TETRA and broadband broadband solutions, airports can reduce operating costs, manage flights more effectively and improve security.

18 Aug 2017 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Critical communications , TETRA future

Be a better PMR radio buyer - 7 tips that really work »

So it’s finally time. You’ve decided your organization needs new PMR radios. Maybe your next step is to write a RFP (request for proposal), send it out to radio vendors and choose the best offer.But, how do you identify the best fit? How can you know the radios will meet your needs? How do you pick a vendor that “gets you” and understands the challenges you face? Clearly, you need to identify...

11 Aug 2017 by Bruno Milard  |  Critical communications , TETRA radios , PMR radios

Your ABC guide to smartphone security terms »

Do you sometimes get lost in the world of acronyms and abbreviations? It seems like every day there is a new TLA, or Three Letter Acronym, to get our heads around. The IT and communications world is full of acronyms, abbreviations and new terms that people just seem to assume everybody knows. This is partly because a lot of new things are being created and they need names and partly because...

30 Jun 2017 by Christophe Calvez  |  Public safety apps , Critical communications

What you need to know about professional apps today »

More than three-quarters of professional organisations are either using or planning to use mobile apps in the near future, says the second Airbus survey of professional app users. These professionals are taking the app message on board and getting many advantages from the use of apps in critical communications. This was only one of the findings from the survey.

23 Jun 2017 by Catalin Gheorghiu  |  Public safety apps

Success stories and case studies from around the world »

Across the world, professionals rely on their radios when communication is critical. Our customers are professionals representing public safety, transport, industry and other organizations who need reliable and secure radio communication solutions in their daily work. Meet some of our customers through Customer Stories!

16 Jun 2017 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Critical communications

Why a hybrid network is a great idea for airports »

Arriving at an airport, whether for a holiday or a business trip, you expect things to go smoothly. Check-in, security, luggage handling, boarding – all depend on good communications.  This blog post explains why a hybrid TETRA/broadband network really meets an airport’s needs.

9 Jun 2017 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  TETRA future , PMR for airports

How to fix 4 common problems for medical teams »

All medical professionals face the same problem – constantly up against the clock while trying to save lives. This involves plenty of teamwork, particularly in trauma teams and emergency surgery. Delaying an extra second could mean someone’s life, so it’s vital that team members work together seamlessly. But even the most efficient teams need a little help.Professional radio communications can...

2 Jun 2017 by Jouni Kemppainen  |  Critical communications , TETRA radios , Comms for medical teams

A few of my favourite things at CCW 2017 »

This year saw my second CCW event, but it was far from being a case of “Déjà-vu”. In my earlier blog post I promised that Airbus would not repeat itself and we did some things very differently. Here are five of my favourites:

26 May 2017 by Igor Vinogradoff  |  Critical communications , Events

Why not have both TETRA and LTE? »

If you are a PMR professional, it is almost certain that you have used broadband and apps professionally or thought about it. It is true that broadband technologies such as LTE offer great possibilities. New multimedia-enriched messaging or video transmissions from the field can bring new efficiencies to everyday operations. Where does trusty TETRA fit in these scenarios? The answer: TETRA and...

19 May 2017 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Critical communications , TETRA future

What is the professional approach to smartphone security? »

Applications for smartphones go together like strawberries and cream – but where there are apps, there is danger for the smartphone user. Because they are widely used and easy to develop software for, cybercriminals are increasingly targeted Android-based and other mobile devices, using apps as a way in. How should professionals safeguard against this threat?

12 May 2017 by Christophe Calvez  |  Critical communications , Public safety apps

8 things I would like to have seen in Key Touch magazine »

I’ll let you in on a little secret. For every article that appears in Key Touch magazine, the editors come up with ideas for at least seven more. They may work on some and realize that, for one reason or another, there isn’t a story there for a magazine. Or the idea will be postponed. Here’s another secret – or actually, eight of them. These are 8 topics that have been presented as an idea for...

5 May 2017 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Critical communications

More excitement at CCW 2017 »

This time last year, I knew nothing about Critical Communications World – I hadn’t even visited it. Yet I found myself planning and producing Airbus’ presence at the show. Was I excited, scared? You bet I was. Yet everything went well and this year, I'm still excited but no longer scared by the prospect of CCW17. There are three reasons:

28 Apr 2017 by Igor Vinogradoff  |  Critical communications , Events

Which apps would professionals like to use? »

Let’s get one thing straight – smartphones and apps aren't just for consumers. Professional organisations, including police, fire fighters and paramedics, are using apps. But which apps are they using and what would they like to use more of? The second Airbus Mobile App Survey provides some of the answers.

21 Apr 2017 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps , Critical communications

Which 3 requirements must mission-critical comms meet? »

When called out on an emergency, public safety vehicles don’t hang around – police cars, ambulances and fire engines race to the scene and everybody gets out of the way to help them do their job. But it’s not only public safety that nowadays is time-critical. Metro companies, mines, airports, and energy companies also need to have the ability to respond quickly. All these professionals need...

7 Apr 2017 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Critical communications

Quelles sont les 3 exigences que doivent respecter les communications critiques ? »

En cas d'urgence, les véhicules de sécurité publique ne perdent pas de temps – les voitures de police, les ambulances et les camions de pompier se rendent sans tarder sur les lieux, tandis que tout le monde libère la voie pour faciliter leur travail. Mais la sécurité publique n'est plus le seul secteur prioritaire. Compagnies de métro, mines, aéroports, fournisseurs d'énergie : ces organismes...

7 Apr 2017 by Tiina Saaristo  |  En français

What makes a great user management tool for hybrid networks? »

If your organization has both smartphone users and PMR radio users, are you managing them in the best way? Some users will carry both devices, and will be on different networks. How can you stay on top if your subscriber management tools are separate? There are several characteristics that separate superb subscriber management from the rest of the pack. Here are five must-haves for efficient...

31 Mar 2017 by Rahim Zaknoun  |  Critical communications , TETRA future , Public safety apps

Making the difficult easier - ISI is coming to life »

TETRA is a marvelous tool for communicating between individuals, groups and organisations but what of the next level – between whole countries? It is certainly possible – the Inter System Interface or ISI has been around for some years but only now is it really starting to bring practical results as countries link up their authority TETRA networks.

24 Mar 2017 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Critical communications , TETRA future

Etes-vous prêt pour le marché des applications professionnelles ? »

La montée de l’utilisation des applications dans le milieu professionnel, profite grandement aux développeurs qui grâce à cet essor tentent d’adresser des offres répondants à la demande croissante du marché. Le questionnaire sur les Apllications Mobiles professionnelles réalisé par Airbus en 2017 révèle des chiffres très intéressants : moins de 1/5 des répondants n'ont aucun projet...

10 Mar 2017 by Catalin Gheorghiu  |  Public safety apps , Critical communications , En français

Are you ready for the professional app market? »

With increasing numbers of professional organisations using apps, the time has never been better for developers who can give them what they want. The Airbus Mobile App Survey report 2017 gives the figures behind the optimism – less than a fifth of respondents have no plans to introduce mobile apps, a reduction from a quarter last year, while those planning a trial has grown four-fold since...

10 Mar 2017 by Catalin Gheorghiu  |  Public safety apps , Critical communications

Active paging lets you know who’s ready to help »

Modern pagers don’t just go beep. Two-way comms let you know exactly who is coming to help with your emergency.

3 Mar 2017 by Petra Vakiala  |  Paging

5 things I learned at Critical Communications Europe 2017 »

Critical Communications Europe was held 7-8 February in Copenhagen. The event promised to explore how the collaborative path looks like for critical communications in Europe. I was at the event and had the opportunity to attend several conference sessions in addition to doing stand duty at the Critical Communications Finland exhibition area. This kind of work is always educational! I’ve seen...

24 Feb 2017 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Events

Have your wishes come true yet? »

Think back five to ten years. As a professional mobile radio user, what capabilities did your radio lack and that you wished it could have? Today, have your wishes come true? Well we asked several users and here are the top five things from their wish list – see how many you agree with.

10 Feb 2017 by Satu Lamberg  |  PMR radios , TETRA radios

How to avoid 5 communication challenges thanks to your radio »

Do you find your radios difficult to use? Ever have the signal drop out, cutting you off from dispatchers? Read on to discover how PMR radios can meet these challenges as well as others that users and the network may face.

3 Feb 2017 by Jukka Saari  |  PMR radios , TETRA radios , Critical communications

Top 6 TETRA functions for healthcare »

Caring for desperately sick or injured people is the definition of mission critical. In situations where every second counts, healthcare professionals need quick, reliable communications. Read on to discover how TETRA radio communication meets this need with six top functions.

30 Jan 2017 by Jouni Kemppainen  |  TETRA radios , Critical communications , Comms for medical teams

Smarter radios rewrite the rules »

Ever wondered why TETRA radios work the way they do? Could they be more like the devices we use in our everyday lives? Can a smartphone cut it in the demanding world of emergency services? The whole concept of professional communication is changing as it adapts to new ways that people work. A novel product is set to rewrite the rules of professional communication. Read on for the full story.

20 Jan 2017 by Mika Myllymäki  |  TETRA future , TETRA radios , Public safety apps

Why group calls must tick the critical communications boxes »

We often see tables comparing radio technologies or solutions, with 'group call' marked with a single yes/no check box. Yet, is that really fair?  A group call is much more than 'yes, it can be done', or 'no, only one-to-one calls are possible'. How much more? A lot more. Here are ten capabilities that first spring to mind when I think about group calls.

6 Jan 2017 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  Critical communications , PMR radios

Photo review: Around the world in 16 events »

Whether in Abu Dhabi, Australia, Botswana, Ecuador, or Vietnam; PMR evolution and hybrid solutions have been hot topics in this year's events. Can you spot familiar faces or places in this photo review? 

30 Dec 2016 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Events

Eight tips to extend the battery life for your duty smartphone »

Your new duty mobile phone or hybrid device looks good and will keep you and your customers safe – but how do you  make sure you will still have battery power left at the end of your shift?  Most smartphones use Li-On batteries these days – and here are eight great ways to make your device run for longer between recharges.

16 Dec 2016 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps , Critical communications

Five top highlights of PMR Expo »

In November, Cologne hosted the PMR Expo, central Europe's largest annual PMR exhibition. It was a terrific event across the board, but five aspects particularly caught my attention as they all reveal the growing demand from user organizations and innovative products to satisfy that demand.

9 Dec 2016 by Kirstin Bircks  |  Events

Six reasons TETRA base stations fascinate me »

Engineers are awesome. I love it when they talk about their area of expertise. They may start a sentence in a regular way and then continue with a flow of terms and abbreviations that mean little to me. They often get quite excited about this too. It’s fascinating. I also love engineers because they design and make things - such as base stations that serve PMR radios. Here are six reasons why...

2 Dec 2016 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Critical communications

The question you should ask when people use PMR radios and smartphones »

An increasing number of PMR user organizations seem to have started adopting broadband simply by taking out cellular subscriptions, in much the same way as the consumer world works. This can of course solve many short-term issues and even improve the efficiency of a single person. Yet, there is a risk if the organization doesn’t ask one important question before launching into action.

25 Nov 2016 by Rahim Zaknoun  |  Critical communications , PMR radios , TETRA future , TETRA radios

TETRA on a smartphone - and four other gains from a modernized network »

You are running your faithful, reliable TETRA network and it is serving you well. It ain’t broke, so you aren’t thinking of fixing it. But maybe your TETRA network could serve you or your customers even better. For example, did you know that networks running the latest software could give you five very attractive new options?

18 Nov 2016 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  Critical communications

Could these nine professional applications work for you too? »

We hear a lot about public safety applications, or apps, designed for professionals, but how would they work in real life? How would a police officer or paramedic actually use them to make their working day go more smoothly? Take police officer John, for example. During the first half hour of his working day, he could easily need and benefit from the following nine apps – and more.

11 Nov 2016 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps , Critical communications

Comment reconnaître une bonne application Push-to-Talk professionnelle? »

« Push-to-Talk » ou PTT signifie littéralement « appuyer pour parler ». C'est un mode de communication qui permet à un interlocuteur de s'adresser à un groupe en appuyant sur une touche – il doit la maintenir enfoncée pendant qu'il parle. Sur une radio PMR, la fonction PTT est le moyen le plus efficace de mettre en relation un groupe de personnes collaborant sur une tâche.

4 Nov 2016 by Petra Vakiala  |  En français

A professional application that could save your life »

At a major accident, casualties need to be treated as soon as possible. But what if there are more injured people than ambulances to carry them? The solution is effective triage – deciding who needs to get to hospital immediately and who can be treated later or at the scene. Today it’s done manually using coloured paper labels – but there is a better way.

28 Oct 2016 by Jouni Kemppainen  |  Critical communications , TETRA radios , Comms for medical teams

Citius, Altius, Fortius - its fascinating meaning for PMR users »

Citius, altius, fortius, or in English, faster, higher, stronger, reflects how athletes strive to perfect their sport and become worthy of a gold medal. The same quest for excellence lives in the world of technology and engineers work hard to provide solutions that match this motto. What are some of the interesting and perhaps surprising examples of faster, higher, or stronger in the world of...

21 Oct 2016 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Critical communications

TETRA and your smartphone? It's a marriage made in heaven »

Tactilon Agnet continues to be a hot topic and people are really interested in it. No wonder! The app lets people vital to an operation to be connected easily and securely, even when they are using different devices or even different technologies in a hybrid environment. It took me some time to learn the important facts about it, and here's the summary of my findings - I hope you will find...

14 Oct 2016 by Petra Vakiala  |  TETRA future , Public safety apps , Professional apps

What do these outstanding metro companies have in common? »

What do these metro companies have in common: Shenzhen Metro in China, RATP Paris in France, Malaga Metro in Spain, and BVG Berlin Metro in Germany? And how is the Helsinki metro the same with a difference? They all have three vital needs for professional communications, but these companies have something else in common as well.

7 Oct 2016 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Critical communications

How to build your critical communications investment strategy »

These days, mobile broadband seems to be used by everyone everywhere, such is its phenomenal growth in the last few years. But if you think the technology has reached its limit in how it can be used, think again because the future will bring a myriad of new uses in all aspects of life. Not least of which is its use for mission critical applications, supported by ongoing progress in...

30 Sep 2016 by Tiina Saaristo  |  TETRA future

Why these people wouldn't go back to using cell phones »

What do you think of when you picture someone using a TETRA radio in their work? A high-speed police chase? A daring helicopter rescue? Perhaps you don’t think immediately of the clinical surroundings of a hospital. Maybe you have some doubts about why radio communications would be needed in a hospital. Yet many medical staff are using TETRA right now to make their work go smoothly.

16 Sep 2016 by Jouni Kemppainen  |  TETRA radios , Comms for medical teams

How to boost cooperation and security at a sports event »

Think about event security at a football match, for example. What if different technologies could actually work together? What if different communication networks really complemented each other? How would things be if the people responsible for security could use hybrid communications? What if their user experience was truly mission-critical? …That time may be closer than you think.

9 Sep 2016 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Critical communications

How to build maximum availability also in the PMR future »

Governments and organizations whose operations rely on smooth communications have chosen to set up dedicated communication networks. Their prime objective: availability. After all, failure in communications could jeopardize operations and put lives at risk. Public safety organizations in particular need their communication systems to be very reliable and always available. What does...

2 Sep 2016 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  TETRA future

The truth about smartphones: What professionals need but don't get »

Having a smartphone with a push-to-talk function for group communication with a team of people sounds great. For example, volunteers working in an operation led by fire and rescue teams could use their smartphones and a push-to-talk application to communicate in professional TETRA talk groups. It sounds cool but how practical are today's smartphones in practice? Can they deliver the five...

26 Aug 2016 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps

Expert advice: 5 things that professional push-to-talk can do »

The group call is the most important feature in professional radio communication. With one simple, push-to-talk button, a user is connected to many colleagues at the same time. It’s the ultimate in working together and is very easy to use in professional radio systems such as TETRA. In contrast, in cellular systems, linking up several people to talk together requires setting up a conference...

19 Aug 2016 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Critical communications

How to make sure you get the PMR radios you need »

When looking for new radios, it’s easy to get distracted by all the ‘gee whiz’ features they offer – bright colour screens, voice feedback, sophisticated menus and a host of other technical specifications and abilities. But do the radios you are considering really offer what you need? The baseline is the people using them in the field – your people. Will a particular radio offer the features...

12 Aug 2016 by Satu Lamberg  |  PMR radios

Do you think PMR evolution is only a question of technology? »

The near future will see more and more calls to emergency centres arriving in a digital format. There are 5 important reminders of making multimedia-capable critical communication networks happen. And it is not only a question of technology!

5 Aug 2016 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  Critical communications

How to get the right balance into your radio RFP »

You already have or use a TETRA network. But what about your TETRA radios? Are they still meeting the needs of your organisation and users? Or do you need to buy new devices to meet demand? The benefits of new radios can certainly be worth it - they can make your staff’s everyday tasks easier, help them be more effective, or even save money for you. But how can you best specify what you need?

29 Jul 2016 by Satu Lamberg  |  TETRA radios

How to get secure communications in 10 minutes or less »

Setting up a secure communications system doesn’t always have to be a six-month project involving technicians and engineers. It can be done in 10 minutes – or less. 

22 Jul 2016 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  Critical communications

Four simple ways that TETRA improves things for this nurse »

What is the secret to effective health care? Excellent staff, the right equipment, up-to-the minute treatments? Of course, all of these are key but none can be used to their best advantage without one critical factor.

15 Jul 2016 by Jouni Kemppainen  |  Critical communications , Comms for medical teams

5 things that made CCW 2016 a successful professional event »

Two months ago, I had never experienced the Critical Communications World event. At that time, I shared some thoughts with you in this blog post. Now that I’ve seen the event from start to finish, I am very happy - the CCW 2016 event was a great success, and for the following five reasons:

8 Jul 2016 by Igor Vinogradoff  |  Events

10 smart quotes that every PMR professional needs to see »

What do you think of when you imagine a conference? That’s right, speakers, experts in their field who share their knowledge with us. The ones with the most effect are those that leave us with quotes that are remembered long after all the speeches have ended. Critical Communications World 2016 was just such an event, so here are ten of the most inspiring quotes from speakers who captured the...

30 Jun 2016 by Minna Kuronen  |  Critical communications

5 things you need to stop asking in your radio RFP/RFQ »

So you want to buy new radios for use on your TETRA network. You’ll probably have read lots of good advice already, telling you to do this and that if you want to get the ones that are right for you. But, what about the things you shouldn’t do? When buying new radios, which five things should you stop asking in your Request for Proposals (RFP)?

23 Jun 2016 by Satu Lamberg  |  TETRA radios

Never get lost in the PMR jargon jungle again »

It can be tricky keeping up with the jargon and abbreviations in many fields, but in a fast-moving area such as IT or communications new terms are emerging all the time. Get our cheat sheet of PMR abbreviations and never be confused by them again!

17 Jun 2016 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Critical communications

How to be right about PMR evolution to public safety broadband »

Imagine how much better a fire and rescue service could work if its staff could easily send live video images of the incident to the control room. Or if a police officer could complete their admin tasks during a coffee break, while remaining in their patrol car, out on the beat? Broadband technologies can make these opportunities real for public safety organizations. But how do we get to this...

3 Jun 2016 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  Critical communications

What is the right number of devices to carry? »

What do you carry on duty? Your mission-critical radio. Smartphone. Mini-printer. Flashlight. Digital camera. Body worn camera. Tazer. Night-stick? Could you reduce the number of devices you carry? And how would you do it? Should you do it?

20 May 2016 by Mika Myllymäki  |  TETRA future

Five interesting things that make CCW a unique event »

Critical Communications World (CCW) is the undoubted go-to event for secure communications professionals. It’s where the industry’s leading lights (blue and other) come to catch up on what’s new, discuss business and technology and even influence the future development of critical communications. I've visited more than 100 exhibitions and events and helped organize dozens. I find CCW unique,...

13 May 2016 by Igor Vinogradoff  |  Events

Easy ways for better use of your PMR radio »

Four shortcuts and five uses for the red emergency button can give you nine new tricks for your TETRA radio. Check them out - you can learn to use your radio even better than before!

6 May 2016 by Satu Lamberg  |  PMR radios

What you need to know about radio battery life »

When the battery runs down on the PMR radio, people usually blame ... the batteries. But you have a lot of control over how long your batteries work. Here are seven tricks that can make your Tetrapol or TETRA radio battery last longer:

29 Apr 2016 by Jukka Saari  |  PMR radios

How to decide on your radio communication technology now »

If you have followed the trends of the PMR market, you must be aware of the discussion and publicity around LTE and broadband. We are on the brink of a transformation in critical communications – apparently. All this hype is confusing especially if you are in the process of specifying a new radio communication system for your organisation.

22 Apr 2016 by Tiina Saaristo  |  TETRA future

Do public safety professionals use smartphones? »

"Public safety professionals don’t use smartphones" – true or false? People may think they know all this about professional radio users: They don’t use smartphones in their work They don’t use ‘normal’ apps They wouldn’t use Apple iOS for work - ever. A lot of people know these "facts". Except, they don’t happen to be true.

15 Apr 2016 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps

A guide to the professional mobile apps future »

We may not think of professionals as big users of smartphones and apps. When we picture ourselves a firefighter or a police officer on patrol, we think of them getting information using their TETRA or Tetrapol radios. Yet, it’s only logical that professionals too should benefit from mobile applications.

30 Mar 2016 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps , Professional apps

How to get ahead using social media »

Have you ever wondered if you could benefit professionally from social media? Well, you can. If you want to use the time you spend on Facebook or Twitter more productively and gain some professional advantage, here’s what you can do.

18 Mar 2016 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Critical communications

Choosing a new radio comms system? Avoid these common traps »

When choosing a new radio communication system, there are some key traps to avoid. If you don’t, you could find costs spiraling and operational efficiency falling. That’s because you end up with a system that ticks all your requirement boxes, yet still won’t deliver what you need for your everyday work. So what are the pitfalls? Read on to see the risks to avoid when looking for a new radio...

11 Mar 2016 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Critical communications

Five ways to get TETRA admitted to hospital »

Why would medical teams want to adopt the use of authority TETRA radios? The bulky radios which police officers or fire and rescue personnel use? And even if they did want to adopt those radios, where to start and how to go about it?

4 Mar 2016 by Jouni Kemppainen  |  TETRA radios , Comms for medical teams

When push comes to broadband »

New apps are making super-convenient push-to-talk do more...

25 Feb 2016 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps

Seven critical display functions every PMR radio needs »

You’re used to hearing your radio – as well as receiving the voices of your colleagues, it may well make various beeps and clicks and even talk to tell you what it’s doing. But what about its visual aspects?

19 Feb 2016 by Bruno Milard  |  PMR radios

Answering the question on everyone's lips: How to build broadband for public safety? »

The hybrid network approach offers a solution that meets all the needs of professional users.

12 Feb 2016 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  Critical communications

Do you know the secret about Watts in your PMR radio? (Nobody else will tell you) »

Do you believe that a more powerful PMR radio enjoys better coverage? If so, think again.

5 Feb 2016 by Jukka Saari  |  PMR radios

Want a smooth evolution to broadband? Get 3 things right and you're good to go »

You’re keen to offer broadband to your professional network users and want a stress-free evolution towards it – but do you know the three key things that will ensure it all goes without a hitch? There’s no great secret - an IP backbone, a focus on network experience and the ability to handle both PMR and broadband will put you on the right road.

29 Jan 2016 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  Critical communications

Why we love these 3 PMR radio features (and you should, too) »

Picture this… You are a police officer, staking out a building in wait for a suspect. You need to contact your colleague but cannot take your eyes off the entrance for a second.

22 Jan 2016 by Bruno Milard  |  PMR radios

What are people thinking about professional apps? »

Nearly three-quarters of professional organisations are either using or planning to use mobile apps in the near future. These users are taking the app message on board and making growing use of the many advantages that apps have to offer in critical communications.

15 Jan 2016 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps

Smooth operators - what do the best performing airports have in common? »

It’s very likely that you have travelled at least through one airport in 2015. And even if you didn’t, you are certain to know that modern airports are very much like small cities or large villages. Hundreds or thousands of people work there to ensure smooth passage for the travellers.

8 Jan 2016 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  PMR for airports

10 brilliant public safety apps for the professional »

Police officers could scan crowds for known criminals, fugitives, or terrorists using facial recognition applications. Commanding officers could soon be able to track firefighters inside burning buildings where GPS does not go. And emergency medical care personnel could soon be able to observe patients for symptoms — before the ambulance reaches the scene of the accident. Which applications...

18 Dec 2015 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps

How to use PMR and be better than James Bond »

James Bond overcomes his enemies with hi-tech gadgets that the ever ingenious "Q" provides. But you can do so much better than Bond with solutions that Airbus can provide!

11 Dec 2015 by Tiina Saaristo  |  Critical communications

Five ways TETRA paging will transform your work »

When alerting your staff, do you always know who got the call? How many are on their way to help? Active paging over TETRA can give you the answers.

4 Dec 2015 by Antti Eskelinen

To modernize or not - that is not a question for the BOS »

Since I work for a PMR manufacturer, I usually get a customer's view on technical details only. In the PMR Expo conference, however, I got too see the big picture. The big picture of the world's biggest public safety TETRA network.

27 Nov 2015 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  Critical communications

Do you have this wrong idea about IP protection ratings for PMR radios? »

What do you think - which radio has better protection against dust and water, one classified IP65 or another rated IP67? IP67, right? Because the number is bigger? Wrong. A radio with IP67 rating is not necessarily better for you than one rated IP65. In fact, an IP67 classified radio may be unsuitable for your needs!

20 Nov 2015 by Jukka Saari  |  TETRA radios

Experiences of a TETRA man at ADIPEC, an energy event »

ADIPEC stands for The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference and it took place 9-12 November 2015. It’s the world’s biggest energy congress. I was one of around 85,000 attendees. Why would I visit an event like ADIPEC, you may be asking – after all, I’m more of a TETRA man. But energy, oil and gas is one of the big user sectors for TETRA solutions globally.

13 Nov 2015 by Tapio Mäkinen  |  Events

The 10 things that make a PMR radio easy to use »

You use your radio every day. You need it to be reliable and also easy to use. You know how to use a familiar radio, of course, but how do you know if a model that is new to you will be easy to use? How can you choose? The following are the ten most critical questions on usability. Check these when you are comparing radios and want to choose the easiest to use Tetrapol or TETRA radio.

6 Nov 2015 by Bruno Milard  |  Critical communications

New ideas for paging »

Think about a pager. Did you imagine a small beeping device? That only displayed a number to call as soon as possible? If you did, your idea is old. Paging today can offer much more!

30 Oct 2015 by Antti Eskelinen  |  Paging

5 observations from the RAKEL Day in Sweden »

RAKEL is one the biggest TETRA networks in the world. RAKEL Day is the annual event for the network users and this year’s Day took place in Stockholm on 15 October. The theme of this year’s event was “Var beredd – Be Prepared”. Photo:MSB These are five observations that I made based on the presentations and discussions during RAKEL Day. These seem to be in line with the trends in critical...

23 Oct 2015 by Arto Kaikkola  |  Critical communications

Public safety? There's an app for that »

This is the age of the app. We have all become used to the power of running apps on our smartphones – so why should public safety workers be left out? Public safety organisations have huge opportunities with new smart devices and new apps. These become possible in hybrid networks that combine the extremely secure and reliable TETRA/Tetrapol networks with mobile broadband data services. Public...

16 Oct 2015 by Mika Myllymäki  |  Public safety apps

La sécurité publique ? Il existe une application pour ça »

C'est l'âge d'or des applications. Personne ne peut plus se passer des applications qui équipent nos smartphones aujourd'hui – alors pourquoi les employés de la sécurité publique ne seraient-ils pas concernés ?

16 Oct 2015 by Henry Wilen  |  En français

10 observations sur le LTE qui ne sont PAS destinées qu'aux geeks »

Avez-vous déjà tapé « LTE » dans Google afin d'obtenir les réponses à vos questions une fois pour toutes ? Il est possible que les résultats ne vous aient pas donné entière satisfaction. Vous avez dû faire le même constat que moi : les pages renvoyées étaient truffées d'acronymes et de termes tous plus techniques les uns que les autres. Heureusement que je connais quelques experts qui savent...

1 Oct 2015 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  En français

10 LTE facts that are NOT just for nerds »

Have you ever Googled LTE, trying to find a real answer to your question? Maybe you were disappointed at the results. I know I was: the resulting pages were full of acronyms and technicalese. Luckily, I know some experts who also speak human, in addition to technicalese. With their help, I’ve made a list of 10 things you should know about LTE.

1 Oct 2015 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen