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What does 'TETRA over LTE' mean? »

TETRA over LTE? Public safety LTE? What do these things really mean? Ask an engineer for the meaning of TETRA over LTE 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 terms?

30 Jun 2020 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  9 min read
Critical communications

How to revolutionize your sites with the new hybrid solution »

Public safety operators face several trends and challenges that pull them in different directions. They need to keep their customers, the public safety organisations, happy. But this is only one of the challenges...

27 Apr 2020 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  4 min read
Critical communications, TETRA future

How to improve situational awareness when managing large events - case football fireworks »

Security systems that share intelligence, allow for collaboration and go beyond radio communications empower professionals to focus fully on their mission. Just imagine the following drama - 

13 Jan 2020 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  4 min read
Public safety apps, Critical communications, Events

Manage your smartphones, hybrid devices and apps - professionally »

Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts on how to bring smart and hybrid devices into professional use. We will cover many topics, from tools to processes to features, offering help to organizations tackling this type of transition. A hybrid device is one that takes advantage of a PMR technology such as TETRA, Tetrapol or DMR and complements that with broadband.  Today’s question is:...

17 Apr 2019 by Päivi Laakso-Kuivalainen  |  3 min read
Public safety apps, Critical communications, TETRA future, Professional 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  |  6 min read
Critical communications, 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  |  4 min read
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  |  5 min read
TETRA future

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  |  3 min read
Critical communications

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  |  3 min read
Critical communications