PTT-old Comment: Push-to-talk set for a comeback

Could-be a spin-off from LTE based ESNs

The recent decision by the British government to award an ESN [Emergency Services Network] contract to leading UK MNO [Mobile Network Operator], EE, has caused the team here at GoMo Towers to speculate. Could we be on the brink of a comeback for Push-to-talk [PTT]? Only this time as a service running over LTE. After all, if EE is going to replicate what services Brit emergency responders currently enjoy over TETRA (the current technology used in Europe), then basic ally it is going to have to offer some kind of PTT facility. There are going to be both benefits and drawbacks to such a scenario. Firstly, PTT could be offered to more than just emergency services customers. Secondly, it is going to make an ESN much easier to hack because suppliers and users are going to be using widely available components. Whereas with TETRA, the handsets are relatively uncommon – making it harder for them to fall into the wrong hands. Continue reading

Hardware clinic : Push-To-Talk [PTT] explained

Turning a cellular handset into a walkie-talkie

Recent events [December 2015] have thrown PTT as a facility back into the limelight. The original buzz surrounding a push-to-talk [PTT] facility – also known as PoC [Push-to-Talk over Cellular] can historically be put down to the Nextel in the USA. Nextel used a system known as iDEN from Motorola. However, Nextel is simply now part of Sprint, of course. What is PTT? Basically, PTT turns you mobile phone into a ‘walkie-talkie’. In essence you select a user from the handset’s addressbook; press a button; and say, “Hi this is Ground Control, come in Major Tom.” Or, something similar. Although a ‘real time’ conversation is taking place, with PTT is normally a data rather than voice connection. Given that PTT utilises data there’s no reason why you couldn’t have PTT over LTE [PoLTE] just like you have voice over LTE [VoLTE]. Continue reading

same impact on UK's public safety infrastructure - flomer Guarded reaction to EE’s UK ESN network win

To be LTE based rather than using TETRA

Much as anticipated, in the UK, leading MNO [Mobile Network operator] EE has won the contract to run the country’s Emergency Services Network (ESN). This network serves all branches of the emergency services including ambulance and fire fighters as well as the police. Presently, the UK’s ESN is based on European TETRA technology which many regard as old-fashioned. By contrast, EE intends to build a £1 billion LTE-based network, which should come on-stream as early as mid-2017. The British government is hoping that this switch will help to put the UK centre-stage in the cellular industry with the Home Office claiming its arrival will make the UK a “world leader” in emergency services communication. The move has been welcome by at least one industry player – Ingo Flomer, director of product management, with Cobham Wireless Continue reading

Only one day to go before IoT virtual conference

Sign up for the IoT slam before 9th December

Although the cellular community has been well-aware of the technology before – in the shape of M2M [machine to Machine] communications, the Internet of Things [IoT] has now taken its place. And it’s a key market to be playning in for anybody in the communications sector. Hence the The Internet of Things Community – abody claiming to be the world’s largest CxO community of IoT practitioners with some 8,000 plus members, has created an event to get a virtual IoT conference and exhibition known as IoT Slam. But hurry because the event is taking place tomorrow – December 9th [2015]. To register go here: Continue reading

IoTSlam2015 IoT Slam virtual conference 2015

[ December 9, 2015; 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: IoT Community
Venue: Online [Virtual]
Hashtag: #IoTSlam

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The Internet of Things Community is the world’s largest CxO community of IoT practitioners consisting of 8,000 plus members. It’s organised the IoT Slam which is claimed to be the world’s first and largest virtual IoT conference and exhibition. Topics cover: – standards, interoperability, Open Source, integration, security, infrastructure, business models, research, innovation, best practices, technology, industry implementation and regulatory compliance. Continue reading

Data mining app for loans is one step to far

Prediction that credit providers will monitor phone usage

Here at GoMo Towers, we’ve just come across a move towards more data mining by credit providers via a mobile phone app. The app will apparently help the likes of mortgage companies to gather data about a potential customers’ phone usage and therefore expenditure.  Via info on data such as texting; emailing and voice call times. Reputedly this kind of data mining is already being employed in Africa – where the mobile network operators [MNOs] are effectively the Banks, anyway. We can see mobile apps helping car insurance providers in Europe but not loans companies in the suggested way. Continue reading

Motorola steps in to save UK’s Airwave

Move welcomed by employees’ union – Prospect

A very interesting situation is developing in the UK between those who think that emergency services should retain a separate mobile network and those who don’t. Motorola Solutions has just announced a deal to secure Airwave – the UK’s TETRA based network. Apparently, Motorola Solutions will acquire Airwave from its existing owners in a deal worth more than £800 million. The catch is that the UK’s Home Office has recently made a decision by the to award the next emergency services contract to rival operator – EE. Continue reading

always-connected mobile world - trowbridge RIPTec launches cut the cord app for unified communications

App has the potential to end small businesses’ dependence on fixed phone, systems and personal multiple mobiles in the anytime-anywhere workspace
GSM and VoIP communications on one smartphone brings about the Unified Communications era

Press release

November 30th 2015. Communications specialists
RIPTec has launched an app that has the potential to end capital investments on business communications hardware and software and replace it with one unified multi-number smartphone-enabled dialer for business and personal use. At-a-stroke, SME staff need no longer have one mobile for private use and another for business use. Continue reading

hosseini - even if it is apple, he couldn't say Oxford Don may hold key to wearables market

He’s invented screens requiring almost zero power – eatyourheartout Apple
hosseini – even if it is apple, he couldn't say
It appears that an Oxford [England] based academic – Dr Peiman Hosseini, may have come up with the solution to the heavy power consumption of high profile wearable devices. [Mentioning no names - apple. Ed] What Hosseini [...]