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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  |  3 min read
Public safety apps, Critical communications

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  |  6 min read
Public safety apps, Critical communications, TETRA and 5G

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  |  4 min read
Critical communications, TETRA and 5G

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 TETRA radios can solve these challenges as well as others that users and the network may face.

3 Feb 2017 by Jukka Saari  |  5 min read
Critical communications, TETRA radios

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  |  7 min read
Critical communications, TETRA radios

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  |  6 min read
Public safety apps, Critical communications

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 I...

2 Dec 2016 by Tiina Saaristo  |  6 min read
Critical communications

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

An increasing number of professional 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  |  5 min read
Critical communications, TETRA radios, TETRA and 5G

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