State & Local

New Jersey mashes up to keep traffic moving

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is making traffic data from a variety of sources available to drivers through multiple channels, including interactive voice response systems for phones and a new website.

State & Local

With cellular boost, a longer arm of the law

Yavapai County, Ariz., is larger than some states, with spotty mobile communications, but tools to boost the power of cellular modems bring data to sheriff's patrol cars through most of the sprawling county.

Army takes the point for DOD wireless services

The Army Knowledge Online portal is serving as a mechanism to test a new wireless plan.

Army picks Android OS for soldiers' smart phones

Indications are that the Army will use Google's Android operating system to power handheld smart phones that might eventually be distributed in large numbers to soldiers.

State & Local

FCC clears way for first responder use of military surveillance robots

The commission granted first responders continued access to the 420-450 MHz frequency band for using rugged devices that transmit video feeds, though some limitations were added.

Army schedules new round of tests for battlefield network

Upcoming tests will set stage for deployment of tactical battlefield communications and networking architecture.

Army keeps tight grip on tactical network project

Army Col. William Hoppe, project manager of the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical system, discusses new developments with the program, its future road map and the effect of budget cutbacks.

State & Local

Spectrum auction to fund public safety broadband network

The D Block along the 700 MHz spectrum could be used for a national public safety network for emergency workers and first responders, to be paid for by proceeds from a spectrum auction.

Army implements battlefield network strategy

Lessons learned from previous Army battlefield networking and technology programs are paving the way for the service's new network integration strategy.

Emerging Tech

In Egypt, social media fuels the evolution of revolution

Advancements in communication technology have often foreshadowed civil unrest and revolution. In Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, the revolution is indeed being tweeted.

Navy recruits know technology, but they're not IT experts

Familiarity with popular technologies doesn't yield an IT expert, says Rear Adm. Patrick Brady, commander of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

DISA creates DMZ to boost security on unclassified network

DISA's demilitarized zone will be designed to protect its unclassified network, the while command center will help align with the cyber command and oversee key networks, officials say.

Emerging Tech

DARPA seeks 'smart jammer' technology for combat

DARPA's BLADE program will put selective, software jammer/analyzers into soldier's gear.

State & Local

Ready to text-message 911?

The FCC has issued a Notice of Inquiry on how the nation’s public safety communications systems can integrate cellular and digital communications into a Next Generation 911 system capable of handling video and data as well as voice transmissions.

Cybersecurity

Do commercial electronics threaten military security?

The growing demand for handheld mobile devices, many of which are not up to military specifications, poses a dilemma for military users.

DARPA wants tech to connect soldiers in barren lands

The Defense Department's research agency kicks off another program in its many-pronged effort to create smart, cognitive battlefield networks.

4G public safety network to undergo first tests

Telecom industry partners are being signed up for the public safety demonstration network being established by the Commerce Department to test LTE equipment for a 700 MHz nationwide public safety network.

State & Local

Radio interoperability effort is old enough to drink

Delays in finalizing the P25 suite of interoperability standards for public safety radios force agencies to use expensive, proprietary equipment, House panel is told.

Emerging Tech

How Air Force's BATMAN can steal power from an enemy

An Air Force program is developing new technology, with an emphasis on reducing weight, to give forward units their own super capabilities in the field.

Emerging Tech

Wind power blows military in different directions

The Army is working on a wind-power project, while elsewhere wind turbines cause havoc with radar.

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