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A October 2011 Volume 18 Number 10 Image conscious News

UK auctions for 800 MHz and 2·6 GHz are delayed further; a new mobile Linux platform emerges to counter Android’s dominance; and BlackBerry catches a cold

Switching on

Healthcare via text messaging and SOS messaging via satellite; a new analogue mobile radio network for a UK electricity operator; and a stolen quad bike recovered


Undercover radio sites that hide the Airwave network; narrowband video on the move; dPMR trunking technology on show; and why migration to digital is set to accelerate

At sea with broadband PMR

A WiMAX network designed especially for Italy’s coastguard service is providing a full set of ‘remote offi ce’ facilities aboard coastguard vessels, under the service’s own control


New products for CCTV applications, including two product families for sending live video over low-bandwidth wireless connections, and an HD security surveillance system

LAND mobile October 2011 24 14 12 8 4 Trunking nationwide

A revived MPT network promises quality PMR for less than your own CBS would cost, plus coverage options from regional to quasi- national. Sam Hunt talks to Land Mobile 26

Migrating to digital

At Land Mobile’s round table in London last month, a panel of leading fi gures looked at the evolving options for digital mobile radio in business and considered the state of play 30

DSEi 2011

Matt Conder reports on product innovations and developments in wireless communications on display at land month’s Defence & Security Equipment International exhibition


A fanless in-vehicle PC, a point-of-sale tablet, intelligent workforce management software, and a pay-as-you-go fl eet tracking app

People Looking at... PIM

Peter Jackson explains the causes and diagnosis of passive intermodulation, a troublesome form of radio interference which can especially affect shared base station sites

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41 18 Radio integration plays a key role in making this CCTV control room work

Land Mobile’s series, our experts (page 30) noted that the choice of business radio technologies open to users in the UK looks wider than ever. A glance through this issue will find not only some new options on the way (dPMR trunking) but the renewal of a seemingly timeless classic (two MPT1327 projects). Alas, making a choice doesn’t seem to be getting any easier, for larger systems at least. Many private Tetra projects are ruled out by the lack of suitable frequencies. With the narrow- band ETSI digital technologies, trunking hasn’t arrived yet. And even when it does, it won’t be field-proven: one industry expert reminds us that it took ten years to debug MPT 1327 fully. At the same time, there’s no knowing how long manufacturers will maintain support for analogue products. Richard Lambley, Editor

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