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Flarion & Friends Get Gov't Gig

Flarion Technologies, IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) are powering a much-anticipated public safety network that will be demonstrated on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

The high-speed, wireless network is intended to provide first responders with a reliable, broadband communications channel. It is being built in response to the communications problems faced by emergency workers responding to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The network will be unveiled with a video communications demo.

There's no word yet on what each vendor is providing for the network. But Flarion -- older readers will no doubt recall -- is known for its high-speed wide area wireless technology (see Nextel Trials Flarion's Flash).

Flarion has been working on cutting itself this particular slice of homeland security pork for a couple of years now (see Flarion Seeks Defense Contract).

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

blephen 12/5/2012 | 1:15:41 AM
re: Flarion & Friends Get Gov't Gig uh, i don't see the gig articulated here, just a coalition of players demonstrating their wares locally in washington. sounds more like a pr play to try to convince the powers-that-be to buy into their system for homeland security. c'mon folks, get real. flarion is great technology for what it does--replacing ev-dv, but without smart antennas and using paired spectrum as it does, it's woefully inadequate for anything approaching broadband... .4 bits per hz is hardly an optimized data system sufficient for homeland security (or any security for that matter). for that you'd be far better served with arraycomm's iburst...or navini in a pinch. oh but i forgot, no one is interested in their proprietary technology anymore now that wimax is on the rise. snorrrrr..."oh what fools these mortals be."
whip 12/5/2012 | 1:15:31 AM
re: Flarion & Friends Get Gov't Gig Cmon teamrep(if that's you, sure sounds like you), it says on their website that it's the Washington DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

Paying gig by all accounts. Give them their proper due.

blephen 12/5/2012 | 1:11:11 AM
re: Flarion & Friends Get Gov't Gig not a teamrep, just interested in the space...ok, so they have some backing, but i still say it's nascent and doesn't indicate a nationwide system's been approved. they've got a lot of hurdles yet...spectrum fer instance. the rest of what i said stands...unchallenged.
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