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September 2021 VOLUME 28 ISSUE 3





04 Editor’s le er 06 Who, what, where

University of Glasgow successfully demonstrates 5G robotic arm; Transport for West Midlands rolls out broadband road sensors; SFL donates radios to Amelia Mae Foundation; APD becomes NEC

08 News

UK government offers O-RAN investment; ESMCP tests ESN Underground; scooter firm trials community safety digital geofencing; 5G adoption will unlock industry, says report

10 Ask the expert

Hytera general manager, Dr Guan Bao

12 No one left behind Chair of The Scotland 5G Centre, Julie

Snell, discusses the organisation’s mission to enable connectivity for all communities across the country

16 On the road James Atkinson explores the use of communications technology by the transport and logistics industry to help mitigate the effects of Brexit and the pandemic

20 Not just voice

The ‘Next Generation 999’ concept is becoming increasingly important to the public safety call-handling conversation

24 The spirit of radio

Philip Mason talks to two major industry players about the direction of the twoway radio market during a period of considerable change

28 Products Sepura’s new application automates vital

TETRA handset functions

30 Conference report

Land Mobile reports on the first iteration of the Critical Communications Bitesize online event

32 60 seconds with…

TCCA chief executive Tony Gray

33 BAPCO show preview

A comprehensive guide to the organisation’s conference and exhibition, taking place in Coventry in October

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