Broadband emergency systems, bah humbug!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Review | 0 comments

Broadband emergency systems, bah humbug!

The good folks at Silicon Flatirons in Boulder, CO have lately issued a report on an experiment with LTE for a public safety communications system in Adams County. I suppose that I am becoming increasingly cranky in my old age, but I could not restrain myself from sending them an email with my comments on the report. I cc’d my comments on to my old friend Brad Dye as well, and I expect that he my also publish them on his web site. I consider my views, in a complete lack of humility untypical of me, to be worth some openness. So, I’m publishing them here as well. I invite the...

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Paging downsides

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Blog, Review | 0 comments

Paging downsides

Well, if paging is so great, why doesn’t everybody have a pager? If paging isn’t built into iPhones and Androids, what good is it? Who markets paging? The fundamental issue, I think, is that the attention of the world has been captured the truly amazing capabilities of broadband cellular devices. Not that devices like iPhones aren’t amazing, I have one and no longer have a pager myself (sad to say). But they are also marketed as being amazing, and paging services and devices are not. Since existing narrowband systems have not got the remotest chance to compete on the same...

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