BearCom Services: Repairs and Field Service

There are no loopholes in Murphy’s Law when it comes to two-way radio networks. A construction worker drops a handheld radio, then kicks it down two flights of stairs. Lightning strikes a radio antenna tower and turns a base station into a brick. Just about anything bad that can happen to your radio gear will happen no matter how careful you are. That’s why BearCom has one of the most extensive repair and field-service programs in the United States. Here’s … Continue reading

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BearCom Services: Service Level Agreements

Once you’ve invested in a two-way radio network for your business, you need a way to contain the costs that accompany an equipment purchase. Paying for parts and hiring technicians to repair radios, repeaters and base stations might not be a big deal if your business owns a small network that is not mission-critical to your business. But the larger your radio fleet is — and the more deeply it is integrated into your business — the greater the likelihood … Continue reading

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BearCom Services: Managed Services

The bigger a two-way radio network gets, the harder it becomes to keep everything up and running at peak efficiency. A sophisticated two-way radio network contains a web of radios, repeaters and transmitters that might connect hundreds of two-way radios. As more radio owners switch to digital transmissions, they are adding their radio networks to their Internet protocol, or IP, networks. That, in turn, integrates their digital transmissions into their wider IT infrastructure. As a leading provider of two-way radio … Continue reading

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BearCom Services: Preventive Maintenance Plans

BearCom’s preventive maintenance plans are designed to reduce the likelihood of your two-way radio network failing when you need it most. These plans have four key benefits Keeping equipment in top condition Extending service life and saving money Ensuring your fleet is operating within manufacturer specs and remaining compliant with FCC regulations Reducing uncertainty and removing the guesswork Let’s look at these benefits in a bit more detail. Keeping equipment in top condition We think your radio network is only … Continue reading

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BearCom Services: Extended Warranties

There’s a force in the universe that we do not truly understand which seems to cause manufactured goods to malfunction at the most inconvenient time after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. That’s why BearCom offers warranties for up to three years beyond the factory warranties. Respected two-way radio manufacturers will pay the cost of repairing defects that crept in on the assembly line, within limits. And no matter how hard these companies try to minimize defects (trust us, they try very … Continue reading

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BearCom Services: Installation and Systems Deployment

Acquiring a sophisticated communications network is not like buying a radio at your local big-box retailer. It requires patience, preparation and perseverance on your end and exacting attention to detail on ours to make sure you get the best return on your two-way radio investment. Your network will have multiple components — radios, repeaters, cabling, headsets, antennas — that have to be special-ordered from multiple manufacturers, tested on our site, installed on your site and adjusted to iron out any … Continue reading

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BearCom Services: Consulting and Customization

It’s one thing to see the folks at your favorite fast-casual restaurant using radios to speed orders from the kitchen to your table. You realize, “yeah, that’s exactly why we need radios for our staff.” It’s quite another to confront the logistics of installing a two-way radio network in your workplace. All the sudden you have to worry about: Specific radio models — analog or digital, portable or mobile units Coverage range — how far your radios need to send … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Review: Motorola SL7550

Sometimes you have to carry a full-featured two-way radio, but you don’t want a bulky device at your side. In such a scenario, the Motorola SL7550 is ideal. It’s thin, stylish and brimming with high-end digital communication features. Part of the MOTOTRBO line from Motorola Solutions, the SL7550 is not much bigger than a smartphone and weighs about half as much as a standard two-way radio. It’s purpose-built for industries in which discretion is a virtue and style is an asset. (Think hospitality, personal … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Review: Motorola XPR7550

The Motorola XPR7550 is an advanced data-communication device built into a rugged, industrial-strength two-way radio. The XPR7550 anchors the Motorola Solutions 7000 Series of high-performance two-way radios. They are part of the company’s MOTOTRBO line of digital communication products. It might look like a standard two-way radio at first glance, but closer inspection reveals a broad spectrum of advanced digital features, starting with the keypad and extending to the five-line, full-color LCD screen. What you can’t see are the advanced … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Review: Motorola XPR7350

The Motorola XPR7350 two-way radio is rugged, powerful and packed with the latest digital communications technology. The XPR7350 is part of Motorola’s 7000 Series of MOTOTRBO digital two-way radios, which feature technology that brings the digital age to construction sites, oil platforms, distribution centers and just about any other workplace where workers rely on sturdy push-to-talk radios. Among the highlights: GPS tracking — If your people face any kind of on-the-job hazards, from traveling winter roads to drilling for oil in … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Rentals: Satellite Phones and Broadband Cards

Highly mobile people and companies inevitably find themselves disconnected — the traveling sales rep stuck in a hotel with no Wi-Fi or the oil-and-gas developer drilling wells 50 miles from the nearest cell tower. That’s where satellite phones and broadband cards really prove their worth. An Iridium sat-phone bounces calls off a satellite and can reach people in polar regions, remote deserts and empty expanses of ocean. A broadband card connects to the Internet over a cellphone provider’s network so … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Rentals: The Push-to-Talk Phone Option

Fifth in a series When you buy that a new cellphone, within weeks something familiar happens: a new generation of phones arrives on the market with more power and better features. When you’re looking for push-to-talk phones for business use, that let-down feeling can be avoided when you rent push-to-talk phones rather than buy them. Another attraction is that BearCom deals with all the fine print in the service-provider contracts and handles all the complexities of getting your network up and … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Rentals: What Accessories Do You Need?

Fourth in a series So you’ve picked out the radios you want to rent for your annual art and crafts fair, but you’re not done yet. You still have to decide on the two-way radio accessories: batteries and chargers, earpieces and headsets, speaker microphones, and perhaps even surveillance kits for your security crew. Every radio brand makes a host of accessories for specific radios. Typically, if you can rent the radio you can rent its accessories, but don’t assume. Make … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Rentals: Base Stations and Repeaters

Third in a series Base stations and repeaters add enormous power and flexibility to a two-way radio network. They also can add considerable expense and complexity. That’s why a lot of organizations choose to rent base stations and repeaters rather than buy them. You don’t have to bear the full cost of the equipment, and your dealer can be an enormous asset with the technical details. When you acquire a fleet of radios and turn your people loose on them, unforeseen problems … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Rentals: Dependable Analog Models

Second in a series So you’ve decided to rent two-way radios for your annual event. Renting is an economical choice, giving users access to the latest generation of radios at a much lower cost than buying. If you don’t need the encryption or data-transmission capabilities of digital radios, you will be well served by analog models. BearCom offers a range of Motorola radios for short-term rentals and long-term leases. The analog two-way radios for rent come with a range of … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Rentals: Why Digital and Which One?

First in a series Organizations of all kinds rent two-way radios for events ranging from county fairs to petrochemical plant turnarounds. Renting gives them access to the latest technology while avoiding the expenses associated with buying and maintaining equipment. The challenge often is deciding which models to rent. While analog and digital radios each have their strengths, there are some distinct advantages to renting digital radios. Improved audio quality Digital radios will maintain a good, solid signal farther than analog … Continue reading

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TeamTalk Expansion Brings New Levels of Two-Way Radio Connectivity

Cell phone service providers aren’t the only businesses that can tout their coverage. BearCom has expanded its digital two-way radio wide area network to provide uninterrupted two way radio connectivity from north of Sacramento, all along the west coast and across to most of Arizona. It’s the largest digital radio network of its kind. The TeamTalk Network is a wide area network offered by Fisher Wireless Services, the largest provider of local and regional two-way radio networking services in the country. … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radios Help Public Events Run Smoothly and Safely

Summer is fast approaching, and with it the busy season for public events. Did you know that more than 1.8 million meetings and events are held each year in the United States, resulting in $280 billion in spending? Wireless technology has impacted the events industry in a major way for years, and two-way radios remain its communications device of choice. The push-to-talk convenience of the two-way radio and its one-to-many communications capabilities make it possible for people to relay timely information. That’s especially important … Continue reading

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Wireless Success Story: Florida Restaurant Improves Service, Efficiency with CLP Series Radios

Motorola CLP Series radios have become commonplace in retail stores and other businesses that want to keep employees connected with affordable, easy-to-use two-way radios. Now restaurants are seeing the value of wireless communications. A recent article on TodaysWirelessWorld.com describes how a Florida restaurant issues Motorola CLP1040 radios to all employees to improve efficiency and customer service. “Taverna is a restaurant riding a hot trend, combining the chef-driven fare of a fine-dining establishment with the greater speed, efficiency, and volume of … Continue reading

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BearCom Participating in Special Promotion on Motorola CLS and CLP Series Two-Way Radios

Are you part of a retail, grocery, hospitality, security, or healthcare organization considering adding two-way radio to your communications capabilities? Would you like to add to your existing radio fleet? BearCom is participating in a Motorola Solutions promotion that rewards purchases of six CLS or CLP Series radios with a free seventh radio or free radio accessories. Motorola CLS Series Two-Way Radios Motorola CLS Series two-way radios are simple, rugged, and reliable, with intuitive controls that are easy to use. … Continue reading

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Huffington Post Tech Explores the Internet of Things with Help from BearCom

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a topic that continues to garner media attention by the terabyte. Now the IoT is moving beyond the trade journals and industry blogs to find a place in more mainstream publications. The Huffington Post recently took a look at the IoT, and it reached out to BearCom for some perspective. Business at the Dawn of the Internet of Things by Huffington Post contributor James Moore makes the point that, “Adoption of the IoT as … Continue reading

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Security Industry Improves Coordination and Safety by Employing a Range of Wireless Technologies

Security is big business in America, with estimated annual revenues of $350 billion. The federal government alone spends nearly $70 billion a year on homeland security. Despite those big dollar figures, security organizations are always looking for force multipliers, and many turn to wireless technology. Wireless equipment and devices have a long track record as effective force multipliers. They also deliver discretion, mobility, and improved coordination—all key issues for an industry that continues to refine the balance between vigilance and … Continue reading

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As the BearCom Bulletin Marks Three Years, We Look Back at Our Most Popular Posts

Three years ago this month, we started this blog, the BearCom Bulletin, to keep you updated on the news coming from BearCom, our partners, and the whole wireless world. In my very first post, I said, “Over the coming weeks and months, it is our intention to use this space to inform, educate, advocate, challenge, and salute. We hope to do so in a way that will enlighten and, at least occasionally, entertain you.” That was three years, more than 150 … Continue reading

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Teldio Introduces D3M at Motorola Solutions Channel Partner Expo

Big news from our partner Teldio! At the recent Motorola Solutions Channel Partner Expo (CPE), Teldio released D3M, the first web application that simplifies the end-to-end process of designing, documenting, delivering, and managing two-way radio networks. TodaysWirelessWorld.com reported from CPE that the response to D3M was overwhelmingly positive. The Teldio booth staff could barely keep up with the demand for live demos. Both technicians and sales reps see extreme value in the application and are already starting to use the … Continue reading

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BearCom Named to Motorola Solutions’ Empower Circle for Best-in-Class Partners

BearCom takes special pride in the relationship we enjoy with Motorola Solutions, so it was especially rewarding when our largest partner named BearCom to its Empower Circle. The industry leader in two-way radios this year designated 101 companies for the Empower Circle, which recognizes Motorola’s best-in-class partners around the world. Representatives from Motorola and executives with the Empower Circle partners are set to meet soon for five days. While they are to discuss how everyone involved can grow their businesses, … Continue reading

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BearCom’s Two-Way Radio Partners Announce New Products at IWCE

The wireless industry takes its latest technologies to the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE), and this year was no exception as Motorola Solutions and Icom America both arrived in Las Vegas with new products. Motorola Solutions used IWCE, the wireless industry’s largest annual gathering, to announce the introduction of its APX1000 and APX4000XE portable radios, as well as the mobile APX Dual radio. That brings to 13 the number of Astro 25 radios in the APX portfolio. The Motorola APX1000 is … Continue reading

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Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Information on Wireless Technology

More than 230 million users spend an average of 170 minutes each month on Twitter. The social network generates 500 million tweets every day. If you want to know who has the best information on wireless technology, you’ve come to the right place. Here is our list of the “must-follow” Twitter accounts for people interested in wireless technology. When putting together a list of people to follow on Twitter, the goal should be quality over quantity. Even then, you can … Continue reading

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Motorola Solutions Teams with SchoolSAFE to Offer Radio Interoperability System to 10 Ohio Schools

A key element of school campus security is the ability to quickly summon first responders in an emergency. And while calling 9-1-1 works, a direct wireless connection with police, fire, and medical personnel is even faster. That’s the advantage behind the donation by Motorola Solutions of 250 two-way radios to the Chardon Area Schools in Ohio. Each is equipped with the SchoolSAFE solution, which enables interoperable radio communications between school personnel and first responders. “School districts continue to identify methods … Continue reading

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Motorola Solutions Delivers Wi-Fi Service and a Whole Lot More to Alaska’s Largest Ski Resort

I’m just back from Alaska, where Motorola Solutions has boosted both customer satisfaction and staff productivity at the state’s largest ski resort with the installation of true high-speed, wall-to-wall Wi-Fi coverage in every guest room with plenty of bandwidth to ensure superior wireless performance, regardless of how many devices may be in use. “Most hotels and resorts offer free high-speed wireless service but aren’t always able to deliver on their ‘high-speed’ promise,” reads a story on the Wi-Fi project by … Continue reading

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BearCom Designated a Motorola Service Elite Specialist by Industry Leader Motorola Solutions

The big news from BearCom this month is our designation by Motorola Solutions as a Motorola Service Elite Specialist. This is a reflection of our ability to sell, design, deploy, support, and service the highest tiers of Motorola products and solutions as a direct representative. “Even though we sell only the highest-quality wireless communications equipment, we recognize that it sometimes needs service and repair,” Jerry Denham, BearCom’s President & CEO, said in announcing the designation. “Our Technical Services Group is staffed … Continue reading

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Internet of Things Update: Motorola Solutions CTO Sees “Intelligent” Retail Stores

While the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be the subject of mind-boggling projections, major companies—including our partner Motorola Solutions—are working to develop new mobile technologies that will solve real-world business problems. “The ‘Internet of Things’—technologists’ vision of a network of billions of connected devices—has attracted the attention of a number of tech giants—including Cisco, Intel, and General Electric—all of whom have internal business units dedicated to building the infrastructure for that network,” The Washington Post said this month in a … Continue reading

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Wireless Technology Helping to Drive the Booming Video Surveillance Industry

Okay, so the recent Super Bowl wasn’t much of a game. But there were plenty of noteworthy elements beyond the weather, the halftime show, and the event’s largest-ever television audience. Security at the event was unprecedented—not just the day of the game, but the days and weeks leading up to it. A 2.5-mile chainlink fence surrounded the stadium, and there were helicopters, boat patrols, and an advanced system of IP video surveillance cameras. Video was processed by an artificial intelligence system … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radios Play a Role as Construction Industry Builds Momentum

The construction industry is on a roll, according to experts who project construction starts will be up 9% this year, on top of last year’s 5% gain. The biggest increases in activity will be in single-family housing, commercial building, and multifamily housing. Getting all that construction work done as efficiently and safely as possible will take top-floor communications capabilities, and that’s where two-way radios come in. Two-way radios have long been popular tools on construction sites, and it’s easy to … Continue reading

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New Analog-to-Digital Migration Guide Helps Users Take Advantage of the Latest Technologies

All around us, the wireless world is going digital. But organizations have questions about this breakthrough technology. To provide them with answers, BearCom and Motorola Solutions teamed up to create our Analog-to-Digital Migration Guide: “Five Reasons to Migrate to Digital Two-Way Radios.” “A ‘smart’ revolution is transforming two-way radios,” the guide begins. “Digital technology is opening the door to a host of useful web-based applications for two-way radios, even as it enhances capacity, coverage, audio quality, and battery life.” Available … Continue reading

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Private Pilots Shouldn’t Take Off Without a Backup Radio

Those of you who follow my adventures know that I can fly to wherever there’s a communications emergency. Regular folks need a plane, and what do private pilots need? They need two-way radios, of course! A recent story on TodaysWirelessWorld.com explained how many private pilots wouldn’t consider taking to the air without a backup radio. “Imagine what happens if an airplane’s primary radio fails in flight,” the story says. “You’re thousands of feet in the air at the controls of … Continue reading

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In a World of Cell Phones, Remote Call Boxes Still Have a Place

Nearly everyone has a cell phone or smartphone these days, so who needs remote call boxes? Plenty of people do, our Mike Butler wrote recently in an article on TodaysWirelessWorld.com. “Cell phones are vital in emergencies, whether it’s a natural disaster or a car crash,” Butler said. “However, cell phone batteries can die, callers by the hundreds sometimes clog the airwaves, and frazzled onlookers can even struggle to dial 911 (if it’s even available).” That’s why there will always be … Continue reading

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BearCom’s 2014 Wireless Products, Services & Solutions Guide Heading to Customers Soon

Some companies publish catalogs filled with little more than pretty pictures and glowing product descriptions. Not BearCom. Our 2014 Wireless Products, Services & Solutions Guide, which is headed to customers early next week, is filled with detailed information about BearCom’s capabilities and scope, as well as updates on the latest innovations in wireless technology. “In this issue, we explore how digital technology is transforming two-way radios,” said BearCom’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kent Huffman, who oversees the annual project. “That section … Continue reading

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BearCom’s 2013 Marked by New Products, Operations Center, Maintenance Plans, and the Motorola CP200d

This first day of the new year seems like the perfect time to look back at all that happened at BearCom during 2013, a year that brought new products and solutions, an award for our BC130 two-way radio, a revamped online magazine, and a potential game changer from Motorola Solutions. It was just last month that we announced the opening of the BearCom Network Operations Center (NOC), which can monitor customers’ Motorola MOTOTRBO systems around the clock. It provides system … Continue reading

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Volunteer Brings Holiday Music Back to Downtown Plaza in Fairbanks, Alaska

Even superheroes need helpers, and today I want to congratulate one who responded beautifully to a communications emergency in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska. His name is John Benevento, and thanks to “Benny,” the clock tower carillon in Golden Heart Plaza plays Christmas music instead of two-way radio traffic from the city’s public safety agencies. According to the Fairbanks News-Miner, the carillon designed to fill the downtown square with music was beset by problems almost since the local Rotary Club put it … Continue reading

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BearCom Opens Network Operations Center to Offer Customers Continuous Monitoring of Their Communications Systems

Today’s two-way radios rely on base stations and repeaters to relay voice communications from one radio to the others. If these pieces of the infrastructure develop problems, the operation of the entire system can be compromised. To help customers avoid these problems, BearCom this week announced the opening of its Network Operations Center (NOC). The NOC not only can alert BearCom’s enterprise customers to problems, it can help them optimize their systems for maximum efficiency. “Wireless communications systems are vital … Continue reading

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Motorola Solutions Helps Provide Wi-Fi Connectivity to Toronto’s Subway System

With help from our partner Motorola Solutions, wireless LAN is going down under. In this case, I don’t mean Australia, but underground into the subway system in Toronto, Canada. There, ruggedized wireless access points and controllers using Motorola’s Wireless Next Generation technology were chosen by BAI Canada to give Wi-Fi connectivity to Toronto’s subway riders. TCConnect, as it’s being called, was unveiled this week at two of the city’s busiest subway stations, and it eventually will cover all 65 that are … Continue reading

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How Wireless Technology Impacts the Retail Industry During the Holiday Season

Hiring happens on a mind-boggling scale at this time of year. Retailers will add up to 780,000 seasonal workers to handle the crush of holiday consumers. Many will have little experience, limited product knowledge, and no familiarity with store operations. How will they get answers? Through a two-way radio. Radios are being used in an increasing number of retail settings because they provide the one-to-many communications that result in quick responses to queries. One person sends the same message to … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: The Second Thanksgiving and the Motorola CP200d

Last year at this time, we told you how wireless technology saved the first Thanksgiving, improving communications and making for a festive celebration for the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians in 1621. Historians are just now learning about the struggles the new settlers faced in their second year in the New World, and how they were solved by digital two-way radios. Around turkey-laden tables across the nation, many families each year recall the now-familiar tale of the first Thanksgiving. They … Continue reading

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BearCom’s New Preventive Maintenance Plans Help Keep Organizational Efficiency High and Equipment Lasting Longer

Our fleet of rental radios from Motorola Solutions—we’ve got 20,000 of them—has taught us a thing or two about preventive maintenance. All that experience and expertise helped us develop the BearCom Preventive Maintenance Plans, which officially launched this week. “A communications system is only as strong as its weakest link,” BearCom President & CEO Jerry Denham said in a news release announcing the new offering. “With a Preventive Maintenance Plan from BearCom, our customers can avoid outages and unexpected repair … Continue reading

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BearCom-Sponsored Golf Event Raises $43,000 for Two Wounded Warrior Charities

When a steady rain moved in on the morning of the 2013 AUSA Wounded Warrior Golf Classic, what did the nearly 180 participants do? They soldiered on, of course! This year’s tournament, with BearCom and Motorola Solutions as lead sponsors, raised $43,000 for two Dallas-area charities helping injured servicemen and women. “The rain may have diminished our golf games but not our gratitude for the men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation’s freedom,” BearCom President … Continue reading

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New Predictions Call for Even More Rapid Growth of the Machine-to-Machine Industry

The latest news on the machine-to-machine (M2M) industry points to even faster growth in M2M and identifies the business sectors that stand to be most impacted. Strategy Analytics says M2M will grow from $45 billion in annual revenue in 2013 to an amazing $242 billion in 2022. The report’s author, Andrew Brown, was quoted by M2M World News as saying, “Healthcare, consumer electronics, utilities, and vehicles are areas that will see major revenue growth, through the driving out of inefficiency … Continue reading

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Vehicle Applications Pushing Surveillance Video Purchases

Some $500 million was spent on video surveillance equipment in 2012, and that doesn’t even count accessories. A big driver of that spending is, well, driving. A significant portion of the video surveillance equipment being purchased these days is being used to equip vehicles: school buses, patrol cars, and commuter trains to name a few. While school systems can use surveillance cameras to monitor child safety inside buses, some districts have found that the real need is on the outside. … Continue reading

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When Vintage Locomotive Lost Power, It Was BearCom to the Rescue

I’m not the only superhero here at BearCom. We’ve got people with amazing levels of experience and expertise in two-way radios and other wireless solutions who every day solve complex and unusual challenges for customers. One of my personal BearCom superheroes is Product & Purchasing Manager Hugh Johnston, who recently told me about how he helped restore power to the mobile two-way radio in an unusual vehicle: a steam locomotive built in 1896. “My favorite attraction in my Texas hometown … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radio Options for Fire Departments

All across the country, declining state and local revenues have caused budget cuts to numerous public safety agencies. Fire departments, with limited funds and the admonishment to do “more with less,” are looking for two-way radio solutions with affordability as a major factor. Fortunately, there are options. In Los Angeles, the fire department’s budget for the 2011-2012 year was $472 million, down from $561 million two years earlier. Last year, the city council voted to leave 318 firefighting positions unfilled. … Continue reading

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BearCom’s Motorola BC130 Recognized by Construction Industry Publications as a Top 50 Product for Contractors

The Motorola BC130 has been a winner for years, and now it’s official. This BearCom-branded two-way radio has been recognized in the Contractors’ Top 50 New Products awards made annually by Equipment Today magazine and ForConstructionPros.com. The awards are based on reader interest in earthmoving, road-building, lifting, demolition, transportation, and technology products. The Motorola BC130 was among four technology products honored, along with a rugged smartphone, a grade-control system, and an operator vision system. “We’re always pleased to see our … Continue reading

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Wireless Technology Aids the Healthcare Industry Far Beyond Obvious Applications

It seems everyone is talking about healthcare. This week, the health insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Many wonder what this means for their individual care plans. Now more than ever, hospitals need to reduce costs and increase efficiency through any means available. Digital wireless technology offers a clear path to improved productivity. Most hospitals are anxious to try new technology. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society found that 79% of 253 healthcare executives … Continue reading

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For Los Angeles River Path, Council Member Puts Out a Call for Remote Call Boxes to Keep People Safer

Sure, almost everyone has a smartphone these days, but the little jewels don’t work everywhere all the time, and there are times when we don’t carry them. Fortunately, other wireless technologies fill those voids. One of them is remote call boxes, which will be used to keep people in Southern California safe as they enjoy the outdoors. The Los Angeles River biking and walking path is a busy place. All day and night, riders and walkers make use of this … Continue reading

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BearCom, Motorola Solutions Return as Lead Sponsors of AUSA Wounded Warrior Golf Classic

Attention golfers, it’s time again to get your clubs cleaned up and your swings in shape for the AUSA Wounded Warrior Golf Classic, which is set for October 14 with BearCom and Motorola Solutions as lead sponsors. This year’s event promises to be even better, with a new venue, more participation from wounded warriors, and some fantastic items for the post-tournament raffle. The 2013 AUSA Wounded Warrior Golf Classic will be held at Firewheel Golf Park, one of the Dallas … Continue reading

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Expansions in Petrochemical Industry Mean Jobs, Increased Need for Digital Wireless Solutions

Innovations can dramatically influence the logistical needs of any industry. So when technological advances helped unlock natural gas and oil from shale formations, it meant growth for the petrochemical industry and an increased need for digital wireless solutions. As a result of the boom in shale gas, ExxonMobil has made plans to expand the capacity of its petrochemical complex on the Gulf Coast. The Baytown, Texas, complex will be tasked with converting ethane, a natural gas liquid, into the chemical … Continue reading

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Reports Continue to Praise IP Video Surveillance as Force Multiplier

Across the country, the public’s safety remains a top concern of governments and citizen alike. Getting more policing while holding down costs seems to be on a lot of people’s minds. Judging by several recent news accounts, governmental organizations and policing agencies appear to have found a key force multiplier in the form of IP video surveillance. The term is used in several stories describing how video surveillance systems are being used to fight crime. Newsday’s report about the video … Continue reading

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BearCom Expands Its Presence in Florida with Acquisition of A&R Radio Rentals

BearCom is getting even bigger in Florida. Today, the company announced it has acquired an Orlando-area business that for decades has served a range of customers with two-way rentals. In a news release, BearCom Executive Vice President Brent Bisnar, who directs our rental operations, said, “In A&R Radio Rentals, we have acquired a strong local and regional provider that is servicing some clients on a nationwide basis.” A&R is located in Winter Garden, Florida, and it focuses on two-way radio … Continue reading

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BearCom’s Nationwide Branch Network: Four Benefits for Customers

By now, people all across the wireless industry know BearCom is different. We’re the only dealer and integrator of wireless communications equipment with a nationwide presence. Our network of 26 branch locations across the country is unique in the industry. But what specifically does the BearCom branch network do for customers? “Many of our customers offer their services nationally,” said BearCom Executive Vice President Brent Bisnar, who directs our rental operations. “As the only supplier with nationwide points of presence, … Continue reading

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BearCom Introduces Company-Branded Audio Accessories for Several Popular Two-Way Radio Models

Big news from BearCom: We are introducing of a new line of audio accessories that will carry the company name. The speaker-microphones and surveillance kits are designed for Motorola Solutions’ XPR3300 and XPR3500 digital two-way radios and the EVX-531 and VX-450 Series models from Vertex Standard. BearCom works to keep a close eye on our customers’ needs, and one of those needs has been audio accessories for certain popular Motorola MOTOTRBO and Vertex Standard two-way radios. This new line of … Continue reading

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Cell Phones or Two-Way Radios: Which Is Right for My Business? (Part Four)

Part Three Almost any discussion of cell phones eventually turns to apps. This smartphone platform has these cool applications and that platform has these others. Many people don’t realize that two-way radios have apps as well, and their growth is being fueled by the same third-party ingenuity that gave us Angry Birds. In this final installment of our comparison of cell phones and two-way radios, we’ll look at applications and that most paramount of concerns: cost. Applications came to two-way … Continue reading

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New CP200d Two-Way Radio from Motorola Solutions Combines Simplicity, Durability, and Digital Technology

What do you do when you have one of the most popular two-way radios ever produced in the Motorola CP200? If you’re Motorola Solutions, you make it better. And that’s what happened with the introduction this week of the Motorola CP200d. By bringing a digital option to one of the most popular talk-and-listen radios on the market, Motorola continues to add to its rapidly expanding MOTOTRBO line. Introduced in 2007, it has grown to more than 20 different models. Motorola … Continue reading

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Wireless Technology Helps to Keep Schools Manageable

Schools function as a complex network of teachers, coaches, administrators, accountants, clerks, counselors, diagnosticians, nurses, cooks, security officers, librarians, computer technicians, janitors, bus drivers, and parent volunteers. The logistics are staggering. For any principal or college president, the biggest responsibility is the safety of the hundreds, if not thousands, of students. Maintaining proper communications among the staff and around the campus is the most proactive step an administrator can take to enhance safety, improve security, and increase overall productivity. TodaysWirelessWorld.com … Continue reading

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Predicted Expansion of M2M Technology Signals New Landscape for Wireless Industry

The first wave of the Internet connected users to information found on websites. The second wave went further by connecting users to each other through social media. The third wave will go beyond interactions with personal computers to include digital wireless technology, connecting machines and systems in a vast network to benefit users. Simply stated, devices will talk to each other to optimize our daily living. According to a new report from IHS Electronics & Media, the expansion of machine-to-machine … Continue reading

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Today’s Wireless World Online Magazine Re-Launched with Support from BearCom, Motorola Solutions

Today’s Wireless World, an award-winning magazine focused on the latest innovations in wireless technology for commercial and government applications, has been re-launched online with the help of contributors from BearCom and Motorola Solutions. Both companies will offer their expertise as part of a greatly expanded effort to deliver up-to-date information on two-way radios and other wireless technologies. TodaysWirelessWorld.com offers a steady stream of coverage on the uses of two-way radios and related equipment across a wide range of industries, including … Continue reading

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Advice on Lifecycle Management of Two-Way Radio Fleets

An announcement last week from Motorola Solutions about its Mobility Lifecycle Management service got me thinking about what companies need to do to maintain their fleets of two-way radios. For the whole story, I went to Hugh Johnston, BearCom’s Product & Purchasing Manager, who as usual had plenty of good advice. “Radios can lead a tough life,” Hugh said, explaining how they can get dropped and banged against things. Knobs and antennas have it especially rough. “And the most difficult … Continue reading

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Cell Phones or Two-Way Radios: Which Is Right for My Business? (Part Three)

Part Two When companies weigh the relative merits of cell phones and two-way radios, there’s one group that has to stay top of mind: the users. These are the people actually using the equipment, after all. This series of articles has examined communications philosophy, urgency, coverage, reliability, and security. Now we turn our discussion of cell phones and two-way radios to users’ concerns, which center on durability and ease of use. How many people you know have cracked the screen … Continue reading

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Are You Ready for the Nextel Network Shutdown Now Just Days Away?

They said it, we said it, now we’ll say it again: The shutdown of the Nextel National Network is happening at the end of this month. Are you ready with another wireless communication solution to replace Nextel push-to-talk phones? We’ve known for years that the Nextel National Network, which is based on iDEN technology inadequate to meet the data needs of modern smartphones, was on its way out. Sprint, which now owns the network, announced the shutdown in late 2010. … Continue reading

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Educational Institutions, Retail Chains Continue to Embrace IP Video Surveillance Systems

Video surveillance cameras have been popping up in gas stations and parking lots for decades, but as budgets tighten and safety concerns rise, more organizations than ever are turning to them. As I travel around the country, I’m seeing them more and more in schools and retail stores. In Walpole, Massachusetts, high school officials had petitioned the town’s budget committee for funds to install additional security cameras for the past few years. Finally, in April, the town voted to approve the … Continue reading

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Vertex Standard’s New EVX-531 Digital Radio Shined at Presidential Inauguration

At BearCom, we know all about how two-way radios make large events easier to manage, more enjoyable to attend, and safer for all. We’ve helped some truly high-profile events with two-way radio rentals. So it’s with that experience that we tip our hats today to our partners at Vertex Standard. A new case study from Vertex Standard details how its eVerge EVX-531 portable digital radios were used by Red Cross Disaster Relief teams deployed to provide public safety assistance in … Continue reading

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91-Year-Old Motorola Solutions Employee Says that “Innovation Has Kept Me Interested”

We have plenty of people at BearCom with decades of experience in two-way radios and other wireless products and solutions, but no one here can match the longevity of Chester Matusek. At 91, Chester is perhaps the oldest and longest-tenured employee of Motorola Solutions. The Algonquin, Illinois, resident is a metal mold maker who has worked on some of Motorola’s most famous products, including the first DynaTAC cell phone. “At the metal shop, we were involved in everything at Motorola,” … Continue reading

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Narrowbanding Issues Remain Unresolved Months After FCC’s January 1 Deadline

Nearly five months after the FCC’s narrowbanding deadline, people are still talking about the mandate for users of two way radios to convert to 12.5 kHz technology. Among them is Al Ittner, Senior Manager of Spectrum Strategy for Motorola Solutions. Ittner was in Houston last week to speak at the Utilities Telecom Council’s annual conference. His topic was “Narrowbanding: I Missed the Deadline. Now What?” The narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is familiar to most everyone who … Continue reading

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Motorola Solutions CEO Takes to Twitter to Cheer on His Colleagues and His Scarlet Knights

Some executives shy away from social media networks or leave the tweeting to other professionals on their staffs. But Motorola Solutions Chairman & CEO Greg Brown sure doesn’t appear to be one of them. Brown’s Twitter feed (@GregBrownMoto) shows that he is a leader, is interested in politics, and loves his sports teams. “One of the most unbelievable Bulls games ever. One for the ages!” he said after a triple-overtime Chicago win on April 27. Brown also cheers hard for his … Continue reading

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Latest Issue of Today’s Wireless World Magazine Highlights Wireless Solutions for Manufacturers

BearCom is out with the latest edition of Today’s Wireless World, our award-winning magazine that focuses on the latest innovations in wireless technology. This issue is all about solutions for manufacturers. Available in digital and print formats, the Special Manufacturing Issue of Today’s Wireless World focuses on how manufacturers are using wireless technology to solve problems and increase productivity. It discusses how, with two-way radios, analog technology has given way to advanced digital systems, like the MOTOTRBO line from industry … Continue reading

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BearCom Issues White Paper Exploring Options for Businesses as Nextel Network Shuts Down

Businesses are always looking for options, and a once-important wireless communications option is going away on June 30, 2013. That’s the date the Nextel National Network is being officially decommissioned. With just two months left, plenty of businesses are considering their options to replace their push-to-talk communications systems; and BearCom has them. To highlight the choices available, BearCom this week published a white paper, Considering All the Options for Replacing Nextel Push-to-Talk Communications Services. In it, BearCom reminds organizations impacted … Continue reading

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Cell Phones or Two-Way Radios: Which Is Right for My Business? (Part Two)

Part One As companies evaluate their wireless communications needs, the discussion often turns to the relative merits of cell phones and two-way radios. Today, we’re continuing our own review of the points of comparison generally used when evaluating the two technologies. The first post in this series explored overall communications philosophy and urgency. As we turn to questions of coverage, reliability, and security, we see again that frequently it’s not a question of which technology is better, but which is … Continue reading

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BearCom Sponsoring Expedition Outreach and its Death-Defying Icelandic Adventure

Motorola Solutions makes some of the toughest two-way radios on the market, and this fall, a couple of them will be put to the ultimate test during an amazing expedition being sponsored in part by BearCom. Expedition Outreach, a charitable organization based in Boston, will be traveling to Iceland in August to try and set the Guinness Book World Record for the fastest alpine face-first luge. Team leader Michael Coyne, who already holds the world record for the highest-altitude luge … Continue reading

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BearCom and Motorola Solutions Commit to Continue Support of Wounded Warriors through Golf Tournament

What do you do when you help stage a fun event that raises a bunch of money for a great cause? You do it again! And that’s what BearCom and Motorola Solutions have done in committing to again be the lead sponsors of an annual golf tournament that benefits wounded warriors and their families in North Texas. The 2013 AUSA Wounded Warrior Golf Classic is scheduled for October 14 at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland, Texas, a Dallas suburb. It … Continue reading

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FCC Notice Confirms Narrowbanding Enforcement Effort

The latest public notice from the Federal Communications (FCC) on its narrowbanding mandate confirms two points that should be of interest to organizations that depend on two-way radio communication. First, the FCC intends to go ahead with plans to verify compliance with the mandate, and second, users who have yet to make the technology switch can still avoid the promised penalties. The FCC said the purpose of its March 14 Public Notice was to “provide guidance” to various stakeholders about … Continue reading

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BearCom Names Paul Moore Eastern Regional Director and Rick Watson Atlanta Branch General Manager

BearCom has announced that Paul Moore is the company’s new Eastern Regional Director and that Rick Watson will replace Paul as General Manager of our branch office in Atlanta. I met Paul last June, when he spoke to me for our article on the Atlanta branch. In his new role, Paul will be responsible for all the branches in BearCom’s Eastern Region, which stretches from New England to South Florida. Based in Atlanta, he will report to BearCom’s President & … Continue reading

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Why Do Organizations that Rent Two-Way Radios Choose BearCom? Reason #1: Inventory

BearCom rents two-way radios used at some of the highest-profile events in America—events like the Super Bowl, World Series, and New York Marathon, as well as gatherings like South by Southwest, Burning Man, and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. BearCom has provided radios used at the Olympic Games, World Cup competitions for both soccer and cricket, and World Youth Day. BearCom once assisted with the NBA All-Star Game and the Academy Awards on the same day! So how is … Continue reading

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BearCom Took Off with Momentum from a Merger

Read part one… As we look back on BearCom and its history as a company, we see it had its first successes in two-way radio rentals. But it became a true power in wireless communications with the 1995 merger of Bear Communications and PageCom that combined the industry’s largest field office distribution dealer and its largest catalog dealer. PageCom had been founded in Dallas in 1981 and acquired a decade later by a group led by Texas businessman John Watson. … Continue reading

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BearCom Began with Ambitious Young Men Who Saw an Opportunity

BearCom‘s recent recognition as Motorola Solutions’ top-volume dealer worldwide highlights again the amazing growth the company has enjoyed on its way to becoming the only nationwide dealer and integrator of wireless communications equipment. BearCom has been shaped by entrepreneurial leadership, a timely merger, and its association with some of the biggest events in the world. It’s an amazing story, so let’s take a look back. It’s almost hard to believe, but a company that now ships more than 115,000 two-way … Continue reading

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BearCom Attends Motorola Solutions Channel Partner Expo

BearCom typically sends a large contingent to Motorola Solutions’ annual Channel Partner Expo (CPE), and this year was no exception, as about 40 of us traveled to Las Vegas for three days of meetings, motivation, and some world-class recognition for BearCom. Some 3,000 people from 800-plus Motorola Solutions dealerships attended this year’s CPE, held February 17-19 at the Aria Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The general sessions on Monday and Tuesday mornings featured keynote speakers, with the … Continue reading

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Wireless Technology’s New Frontier is Machine-to-Machine

Remember when wireless technology meant a doctor with a pager or a high-priced lawyer with a cell phone the size of a shoebox? So much has changed since then, with thousands of new devices, more powerful networks, and faster and faster data transmissions. The wireless industry has put cell phones in the hands of six of every seven people on the planet, even as two-way radios have improved and expanded their own loyal following. So what’s next? It’s machines talking … Continue reading

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BearCom Adds New Vertex Standard EVX-531 to Its Two-Way Radio Product Line

BearCom is adding the new Vertex Standard EVX-531 two-way radio to our product line, and officials here are predicting it will be a popular choice among customers looking for a talk-and-listen radio with dual analog and digital functionality. “The Vertex EVX-531 fits perfectly into the simple talk-and-listen space that is still the most popular,” said BearCom’s Product & Purchasing Manager, Hugh Johnston. “Because it’s dual-mode analog and DMR digital, it’s fully compatible with existing digital systems, including MOTOTRBO from Motorola … Continue reading

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Video Surveillance Cameras Finding Work on American Farms

Flying between our Seattle and Chicago branches last week, I was over South Dakota when I noticed a most unusual—but entirely appropriate—application for video surveillance cameras: large agricultural operations. Back at BearCom, I did a little research and came across the story of Joel Foxley, who farms with his brothers near the South Dakota town of Platte. He told The Daily Republic newspaper how he installed his first video surveillance camera a year and a half ago and now has … Continue reading

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With Live Chat, Push-to-Talk Comes to BearCom.com

It’s one of the great things about two-way radios: You push the button and talk to a user group—no busy signals, no voicemail, no wondering if you were heard. Now that same utility has come to BearCom’s website with a new live chat feature that offers visitors another convenient way to get answers about radios and other wireless communications solutions. We’ve all been seeing consumers seek out products and services online in rapidly growing numbers. For those who know what … Continue reading

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Cell Phones or Two-Way Radios: Which Is Right for My Business? (Part One)

Across the business spectrum, there is intense focus these days on mobility. Companies want to arm employees with the tools needed to do more things from more places—and to do it all faster. Smartphones are getting smarter. And two-way radios are getting smaller and more sophisticated. In fact, cell phones and two-way radios now can be hard to tell apart. With the convergence of the two technologies, it’s natural to ask: Which is right for my business, cell phones or … Continue reading

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Private Pilots Shouldn’t Take Off Without a Backup Radio

Those of you who follow my adventures know that I can fly to wherever there’s a communications emergency. Regular folks need a plane—but what do private pilots need? They need two-way radios, of course! A recent story on TodaysWirelessWorld.com explained how many private pilots wouldn’t consider taking to the air without a backup radio. “Imagine what happens if an airplane’s primary radio fails in flight,” the story says. “You’re thousands of feet in the air, at the controls of an … Continue reading

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BearCom’s CEO Looks at Wireless Trends in 2013

Again this year, I asked Jerry Denham, BearCom’s President & CEO, for his thoughts about the coming year in wireless communications. And while some of his predictions reflect those he made a year ago, there are several new ones worthy of discussion as 2013 shifts into high gear: 1. Narrowbanding will continue to be an issue, despite the passing of the January 1, 2013 deadline set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The massive effort to convert users of the … Continue reading

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Fire Chief’s Comment Highlights Importance of Noise Reduction

After a fire this week at the Archer Daniels Midland ethanol distillery plant in Illinois, a local fire chief had this to say about the blaze his crews battled for nearly 11 hours: “The biggest problem that we had was the background noise,” said Peoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Morgan. “Radio communication was tough.” The fire caused more than $1 million in damages, but no one was hurt. A company spokesman was quoted as saying the cause was under … Continue reading

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Young Ham Radio Operator Has a Motorola-Filled Christmas

Kie Martin says this was his best Christmas ever. “I got some stuff from Motorola and from BearCom, too,” said the 10-year-old Houston boy, who received a Motorola-branded backpack, USB drive, pen, teddy bear, and several other items. They were fitting gifts for a boy who is already a diehard Motorola Solutions fan with a growing collection of Motorola two-way radios and an uncanny understanding of them. Kie’s father, Brian Martin, is a ham radio operator, so perhaps it wasn’t surprising … Continue reading

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A Merry Christmas to All, Thanks to BearCom and Motorola Solutions

It was another busy day here at BearCom when my wireless senses told me there was a communications crisis at the North Pole. Someone needed help with two-way radios. And since Christmas was just a few days away, I knew I’d better get there fast! I crashed through the window, and as usual, everyone in the room screamed, “Wireless Woman!” (like I don’t know my own name). I picked myself up and couldn’t believe my eyes. I was in the … Continue reading

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BearCom and Motorola Solutions Present Charities with $56,380 Raised through Golf Tournament

The 2012 AUSA Wounded Warrior Golf Classic held October 1 was a fantastic event, and the best part came recently with the presentation of $56,380 to two local charities that assist injured servicemen and women. BearCom and our partner Motorola Solutions served as lead sponsors of the tournament held at Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas. The event attracted some 200 golfers, who were treated to gifts, food, prizes, and contests, as well as displays of military vehicles. Highlights … Continue reading

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Narrowbanding Deadline Now Less than a Month Away

With just weeks to go until the January 1 deadline, the race to comply with the federal mandate on narrowbanding has become a sprint. Businesses across the country are affected. From Canon City, Colorado to Creston, Iowa and Bergenfield, New Jersey to Winder, Georgia, government agencies are talking about how to get into compliance and avoid hefty penalties from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A November 30 public notice issued by the FCC reminds users about provisions of the mandate. … Continue reading

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Narrowbanding Conversion: How is Your State Doing?

The deadline to comply with the federal narrowbanding mandate for two-way radios is little more than a month away, and statistics show that a third of FCC licenses—33%—have not yet been converted from 25 kHz-only technology. How can this be? The mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) dates to 1992, and in the last year alone, it has been the subject of hundreds of news media stories, as well as reminders from all manner of players in the wireless industry. … Continue reading

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How Wireless Technology Saved Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 as colonists from the Mayflower joined the Wampanoag Indians to celebrate the autumn harvest. No record exists of what was said during the three-day celebration, though historians have agreed that communications were an issue. In an effort to effort to complete the historical record, BearCom enlisted a team of researchers to develop an accurate account of that first Thanksgiving nearly 400 years ago. “Squanto, this is Bradford. Come in, Squanto. What is your location?” … Continue reading

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BearCom Radios Helpful in Companies’ Recovery from Hurricane Sandy

Motorola Solutions says, “We help people be their best in the moments that matter.” And that sure came to mind as I spoke this week with Jim DeRosa, General Manager of BearCom’s New York/New Jersey branch. That part of the country has been in turmoil since Hurricane Sandy came ashore October 29-30. Jim said BearCom was able to help a few of its customers in a small way in their recovery, all because of the utility of two-way radios. “We … Continue reading

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BearCom Heads to IAEE Expo! Expo! to Highlight Its Experience Assisting Event Organizers

Members of BearCom‘s Rental Team will be in Orlando, Florida next month as exhibition and event organizers from around the world gather for the Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). On December 5, IAEE Expo! Expo! 2012 will attract some 2,000 attendees to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, and more than half of them will be event organizers. This year—in booth #1022—will be BearCom’s Eric Stephens, Rental Regional Manager, and Marjorie … Continue reading

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BearCom’s Rental Operation is Built on a Solid ROC

When I heard from one of my co-workers that BearCom has more than 22,000 two-way radios in its rental inventory, I just had to see them. So I headed over to the Rental Operations Center—known around here as the ROC. There I found an amazing operation that really sets BearCom apart when it comes to two-way radio rentals. I got my tour of the ROC from BearCom Director of Rental Operations, Dennis Gonzalez, who has been with the company for 18 … Continue reading

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BearCom’s San Francisco Branch Excels at High-Profile Events—Lots of Them

The day after the San Francisco Giants won their way into another World Series was an especially busy one for Ann Guyer. The Rental Manager for BearCom’s San Francisco branch said, “Every time I looked at my e-mail, it was someone saying, ‘I need radios today.’” Major league urgency is nothing new for the San Francisco branch, which over the last several months has supplied two-way radios and push-to-talk phones by the hundreds for use in connection with a series … Continue reading

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BearCom Partner Profile: TABLETmedia

Who out there wouldn’t like to improve operations, provide better customer service, and save money? Those are the goals of our partner TABLETmedia, which is a leader in enterprise communication solutions for mobile platforms. A privately held company located in San Francisco, TABLETmedia was founded in 2001. It was the first company to turn PDAs into standards-based wireless telephones and videoconferencing devices. It also has developed a line of applications for Motorola MOTOTRBO digital two-way radios that includes iTalkie, eztracker@trbo, … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radios Make for Happier Holiday Events

One of my favorite events of the year is coming up fast: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. And while some people tune in to admire the floats, I’m always eager for glimpses of people using two-way radios to make sure Bullwinkle and Rocky don’t go crashing into a skyscraper! Few events are as big as the Macy’s parade, but holiday events of all sizes go smoother when organizers use wireless tehnology to maximize their communications capabilities. Staging any public event … Continue reading

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BearCom and Motorola Solutions Team Up for Charity Golf Event

Monday was a big day for BearCom and Motorola Solutions, as we helped put on a great golf tournament that supports local charities aiding our injured servicemen and women. The 2012 AUSA Wounded Warrior Golf Classic seemed to have it all—golf on two courses, displays of military and 9/11 vehicles, contests, music, food, prizes, and plenty of camaraderie. BearCom was the lead sponsor of the tournament, along with our partner Motorola, and we worked for several months alongside the event … Continue reading

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BearCom’s Los Angeles Branch Covers the Waterfront with Two-Way Radio Solutions

I’m just back from sunny Los Angeles, where I interviewed Stan Cameron, General Manager of BearCom’s LA branch. As you might imagine, the entertainment industry is important to that branch, but it also serves plenty of others, from hospitality to manufacturing. Q: What kinds of interesting projects has your branch been working on recently? A: “We’ve been working on the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, helping some companies migrate to the digital technology that was developed by Motorola … Continue reading

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What to Do About a Loss in Signal Strength

Whew! The narrowbanding deadline for two-way radios is a little more than three months away, and it seems like everyone is having some kind of communications emergency. Many users are still making the transition from 25 kHz to 12.5 kHz technology. Plenty more, especially public safety organizations, are dealing with the loss of signal strength that comes with the change. Let’s look at what’s behind that loss and what you can do about it. Think of two-way radio transmissions as water … Continue reading

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FCC Warns It Will Take Seriously Its Deadline for Narrowbanding

A Federal Communications Commission official appearing recently at a conference of public safety communicators left no doubt that the agency is serious about the January 1 deadline for the mandate on narrowbanding. The FCC’s narrowbanding mandate requires public agencies and companies that use legacy wideband (25 kHz) two-way radio systems in the VHF and UHF bands to make the transition to narrowband (12.5 kHz) technology. The deadline to comply is January 1, 2013, and users who don’t make the switch … Continue reading

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BearCom Welcomes Additional Sponsors for Golf Tournament Benefitting Wounded Warriors

Preparations are in full swing for the 2012 AUSA Wounded Warrior Golf Classic, which benefits wounded warriors and their families in North Texas. BearCom and Motorola Solutions are lead sponsors of the October 1 event, and we’ve been joined by a host of generous companies in supporting this great cause. Thanks to these sponsors, the tournament at Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas will offer plenty to the 200-plus participants. Each will get a golf shirt from BB&T, a … Continue reading

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BearCom Partner Profile: OTTO Engineering

One of the great things about BearCom is the strength of our product partners, and one of those partners is OTTO Engineering, an industry leader and a great American success story. That story begins in the summer of 1961 in suburban Chicago, where a young engineer named Jack Roeser was working in his basement to make pushbutton and rotary switches. Demand was so great that OTTO, named for the founder’s father, moved the next year to a proper manufacturing space. … Continue reading

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Deadline’s Approach Causing Some Narrowbanding Headaches

About four months remain for users of two-way radios to get into compliance with the FCC narrowbanding mandate, and there are signs that the January 1, 2013 deadline is causing some serious scrambling by businesses and government entities around the country. Take a look at these recent news reports: In southwest Georgia, Decatur County had to take out a $1.5 million loan to make upgrades to its communications system after an expected source of funding fell through. In the New … Continue reading

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BearCom Supports Events with Communications Rentals

One of my personal superheroes is BearCom’s Marjorie Montoya, who represented the company at two recent conventions that entrusted BearCom with their own communications needs. Marjorie is our Rental Team Sales Manager, and she travels to five or six shows each year to talk about BearCom and its unique capabilities in two-way radio rentals, sales, and service. Late July found Marjorie in St. Louis for the World Education Conference of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). MPI boasts more than 21,000 members … Continue reading

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TV Producers in Need of a Radio Reach Out to BearCom

The BearCom Bulletin is breaking some news today about a completely new user of two-way radios: zombies! Zombies—those corpses brought back to life by mystical means—are the main characters of “The Walking Dead,” a three-time Emmy-nominated television show on the cable network AMC. According to AMC, “‘The Walking Dead’ captures the ongoing human drama following a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who are traveling in search of a safe and … Continue reading

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Casino Games Online

If you are wondering which is the best approach to playing casino games online, you have come to the right spot. I am here to guide you through a not so complicated journey that should take you closer to being at least a good casino player. First and foremost, you are going to have to start by thinking of the kind of games you would like to play. If you are interested playing casino games for free, you can choose … Continue reading

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BearCom and Motorola Solutions Salute Wounded Warriors with Golf Tournament Sponsorship

BearCom and Motorola Solutions today announced some exciting news: They have agreed to serve as the lead sponsors of a golf tournament that benefits wounded warriors and their families in North Texas. The 2012 AUSA Wounded Warrior Golf Classic will be held October 1 at Indian Creek Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The tournament will feature various contests, including a hole-in-one challenge for the approximately 200 participants. Various military and public safety vehicles will be on display. In making the … Continue reading

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BearCom’s Chicago Branch Opens the Doors to Savings

Is there a better place to be in the middle of the summer than Chicago? I’m here to interview Troy Johnson, General Manager of BearCom’s Chicago branch, which has been involved in some amazing two-way radio projects. One involved tractor-trailers, garage doors, and propeller blades for wind turbines. Curious? Well, let’s hear more! Q: What kinds of interesting projects has your branch been working on recently? A: “We have two large projects in the works right now. We designed a … Continue reading

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Playing Games Together

It is a common knowledge that the world of games, sport and online casinos is changing and developing: there is a growing number of professionals of gamblers around the world. A beginner can easily loose in all the variety of casino games, betting, special promotions and other conditions. To avoid getting lose casino we offer you these online casinos reviews, where you can find the best online casinos. Thus, examining this information, you can determine where and how you play. … Continue reading

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MOTOTRBO Hits the High Notes at South by Southwest

Down in Austin, Texas, it’s 10 miles between the venerable Saxon Pub and the eclectic nightclub Red Eyed Fly. But they might as well have been a thousand miles apart two years ago, as organizers of the South by Southwest festival sought to maintain wireless communications across a hodgepodge of venues during one of the nation’s premier music events. All that changed with a two way radio rental. Kirk O’Brien, the Chief Technology Officer of the five-day event, embraced the … Continue reading

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University Depends on Rental Radios for National Event

I just flew in from Knoxville, Tennessee, where the good folks at the University of Tennessee host 12,000 high school students for Destination Imagination every year—with more than a little help from two-way radio rentals from BearCom. These students attend a special 10-day event called Global Finals to learn and experience creativity, teamwork, and problem solving. It is the University of Tennessee’s job to make sure the event runs smoothly. Each year, the university usually hires about 130 temporary workers … Continue reading

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Just Six Months Left Until the Narrowbanding Deadline!

Communications emergencies are my specialty, and it looks like we could be having plenty of them come January 1. That’s the deadline for compliance with the FCC narrowbanding mandate, and federal figures show that nearly half of all users have yet to make the transition to the new technology for two-way radios. We’ve said it before: Users who don’t comply with the FCC mandate face fines or even the loss of their communications capabilities. And January 1 now is less … Continue reading

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Introducing the MOTOTRBO XPR3000 and XPR7000 Series Two-Way Radios from Motorola

The industry-leading MOTOTRBO lineup of two-way radios from Motorola Solutions has gotten even stronger with the recent introduction of several new products designed to offer organizations even more ways to improve communication and collaboration. The new XPR3000 and XPR7000 series portable radios are designed to meet the communications needs of customers in the public service, manufacturing, education, hospitality, and services industries. They take their places in a MOTOTRBO line known for its exceptional voice quality, extended battery life, increased capacity, … Continue reading

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Across the Country, Local Officials Discuss Narrowbanding

Here at BearCom, we’ve worked to provide users with the information they need to comply with the FCC narrowbanding mandate for two-way radios. And as the January 1 deadline for compliance nears, we’ve been struck by all the narrowbanding stories appearing in local publications across the country. They make it plain that this shift to more efficient technology is a hot topic in cities and towns nationwide. They also remind us that when it comes to narrowbanding, there are still fair … Continue reading

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BearCom’s Atlanta Branch Helps Airport Concourse Take Off

Today, I’m in Atlanta for the first of a series of interviews that will introduce you to the leaders of BearCom’s branch offices around the country and tell you about the good work they do. Here in BearCom’s Atlanta branch, the General Manager is Paul Moore, whose varied career includes positions with familiar names like Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, and Dannon. Before joining BearCom, the Wisconsin native spent seven years at Motorola.   Q: What kinds of interesting projects has … Continue reading

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Support BearCom in Social Madness Competition

This is a communications emergency! BearCom needs your help in a contest that measures the social media influence of companies all across the nation. The Social Madness competition now being conducted by American City Business Journals measures companies’ social media footprint using a proprietary algorithm, but readers can voice their opinions, too. Vote for us here! (Click on the “Medium Companies” tab to find BearCom’s listing.) There are three other ways to help out: Like us on Facebook Follow us … Continue reading

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Motorola Goes Around the World with New Products

Motorola Solutions representatives were in the air more than I was during May, introducing new products at events all over the world. Let’s take a virtual tour. We’ll start at Motorola Solutions’ headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, where Motorola announced the new AP8132, a first-of-its-kind modular WiFi access point that it recently added to its mesh networking product line. Combined with Motorola’s WiNG5 technology, the new access point delivers an outstanding quality experience for wireless users with smartphones and tablets. That’s … Continue reading

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Motorola Solutions Unveils Ultimate Patrol Vehicle

While I fly to emergencies, our law enforcement officers drive. Their vehicles are their offices, and they’re becoming more and more crowded as departments add the latest technologies. Motorola Solutions has been working to integrate and streamline police car technologies, and last fall, the company introduced its “ultimate patrol vehicle.” Then at the TETRA World Congress held last week in Dubai, Motorola unveiled the latest iteration of this innovative car. The vehicle is designed to make it easy for officers … Continue reading

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FCC Waiver Means More Time for T-Band Users

If you follow the news on narrowbanding—as I’m sure you do—then you’ve read lately about T-Band and a story so complicated it could only have been written in our nation’s capital. Well, if you don’t know the T-Band from the T-Bird, let me explain what happened. The T-Band is 470-512 MHz spectrum currently used by public safety licensees. Those users, and presumably the business/industrial users there as well, will have to clear out within 11 years under provisions of the … Continue reading

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America’s Funniest Wireless Videos

BearCom‘s been busy of late producing video content to inform and entertain the public about various aspects of wireless communications. Personally, I’m partial to this one. But who has the funniest videos out there about wireless communications? Ever wonder how the military came up with the term “walkie-talkie?” Comedian Brian Regan has. Of course, most of the funny videos about wireless communications are TV commercials, like the one from Nextel that advanced wireless technology but set back dancing. Phones seem to … Continue reading

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Motorola Solutions Really Connects on Twitter (Part 2 of 2)

Part 1 of 2 Motorola Solutions employs no less than six Twitter accounts to keep in touch with stakeholders about company news, industry updates, and items of interest to various groups of users. Today, let’s complete our tour of Motorola with a quick look at accounts for wireless network solutions, education, and Motorola’s North America Channel. @MotWireless is a wide-ranging feed from Motorola’s specialists in wireless network solutions. Here there are items about all kinds of industry trends—such as narrowbanding—and … Continue reading

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Motorola Solutions Really Connects on Twitter (Part 1 of 2)

As an industry leader in two-way radio communications, is it any wonder that Motorola Solutions is active—interactive, actually—on Twitter? BearCom‘s partner uses no less than a half-dozen Twitter handles to exchange information with followers. Let’s take a look today at three of them. @MotoSolutions is the place for news about Motorola Solutions, its executives, and employees, as well as updates on issues surrounding wireless communication. Here the company spreads the news about a $4 million LTE expansion project in Texas, … Continue reading

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BearCom’s Ian Torok Answers 10 Questions on Narrowbanding

The narrowbanding mandate from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has businesses and government entities working to retool their two-way radio systems in the face of stiff penalties and a January 1, 2013 deadline. BearCom, the nation’s largest dealer of Motorola two-way radios, has been a leader in educating users about narrowbanding. In partnership with Motorola Solutions and the Enterprise Wireless Alliance, BearCom launched the online resource Narrowbanding.com, published the 2012 Two-Way Radio Narrowbanding Guide, and produced two videos about narrowbanding. … Continue reading

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For Events, It Pays to Rent Two-Way Radios

Staging a public event is all about coordination. Workers have to have clear direction, the ability to ask questions and solve problems, and access to the most accurate, up-to-date information. Often, those involved are providing disparate services and thus unfamiliar with one another—and venues can be huge. Helping them all work together are the organizers, who have to be able to relay information quickly and make sure everyone gets the same message. Is there a more appropriate use for two-way … Continue reading

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Video Surveillance Now Protects Right from the Start

For several months, Dallas has been abuzz about a bridge. The just-opened Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge now elegantly spans the Trinity River with a massive central arch and web of supporting cables, all designed by the revered Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Protecting the $182 million structure is an around-the-clock undertaking, so it’s not surprising the Dallas Police Department uses wireless video surveillance technology from BearCom. The Hill Bridge has three cameras looking down on the span and two more underneath … Continue reading

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Need Even Better Radio Communication? There’s an App for That!

If you want to be a communications superhero, you need the very latest in wireless solutions, and you need them tailored to your needs. That’s why two-way radios can be outfitted with a myriad of applications designed to improve communications and organizational efficiency. Apps aren’t just for smartphones—they also help users of digital two-way radios communicate from more places, manage organizational resources, and improve security. All that adds up to increased efficiency and lower costs. Let’s take a closer look at … Continue reading

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Boosting Connectivity with an Expanded Social Media Effort

Here at BearCom, we’ve always tried to be sociable. For years, we’ve kept in touch through magazines and direct mail, attended all manner of trade shows, and of course fanned out across the country to open branch offices—all in an effort to stay closer to our customers. When social media came along, BearCom was at the forefront in our industry. And today, we announced an expansion of those efforts. We’re officially launching our YouTube channel, Facebook page, and LinkedIn profile, … Continue reading

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QR Codes Emerge as a New, Cost-Effective Wireless Tool

If you don’t already know what a “quick response code” (QR code) is, you soon will. These square-shaped barcodes—first introduced almost two decades ago in the automotive industry to track vehicles during the manufacturing process—have become popular the world over because of their fast readability and large storage capacity. Today, consumers can wave a smartphone or tablet over a QR code and retrieve contact information, connect to a wireless network, or open a website in the via the device’s browser. But don’t take my … Continue reading

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Latest BearCom Video Details Narrowbanding Mandate

BearCom and I have added a new video to our superheroic effort to educate two-ray radio users in advance of the fast-approaching narrowbanding deadline. This instructional, animated look at the FCC mandate is intended to help companies and public agencies navigate the requirements, the deadlines, and the recommended solutions. Produced in partnership with Motorola, this video compares the new FCC rules to the re-striping of a busy highway. With more lanes, the video explains, the highway can accommodate more traffic. … Continue reading

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New Motorola MOTOTRBO SL Series Two-Way Radio Wins Rave Reviews at Academy Awards

Last Sunday night at the Academy Awards, amid all the glitter and gold statuettes, a new star made its debut. The MOTOTRBO SL Series two-way radio, introduced by Motorola less than a week earlier, was among the two-way radio assets deployed for security and logistics on the film industry’s biggest night. BearCom is a supplier of two-way radios to any number of events, including the Academy Awards. And Sunday was especially busy, as BearCom rental radios also were in use … Continue reading

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Wireless Technology Users Were Big Winners at IWCE

The 2012 International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) is history, and by all accounts, wireless technology users around the world were the beneficiaries. As usual, IWCE lived up to its billing as the pre-eminent communications technology event for the working world. More than 300 suppliers came to the exhibit hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday and Wednesday to showcase their newest products and services. The opening keynote speaker was Martin Cooper, who contributed to any number of innovations … Continue reading

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New Solution from BearCom Partner True Wireless is an Industry First

I don’t have an exclusive on superhero status here at BearCom, where we’re consistently amazed by the growing power of our technology partners. One of them is our Sprint partner, True Wireless, which recently launched the industry’s first truly large-scale turnkey deployment solution for mobile wireless devices. True Wireless’ Mobile Device Deployment Solutions (MDDS) take the headaches out of large-scale rollouts of customized wireless devices. True Wireless does it all, from sourcing the ideal hardware and software to custom configuration, … Continue reading

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Two New BearCom Publications Highlight Latest Wireless Technologies for 2012

Whenever there’s a communications crisis, I know I can rely on my secret wireless tools to save the day. Others here at BearCom use tools almost as powerful, and the latest versions of two of them are now available. The Wireless Technology Report is a special annual issue of BearCom’s award-winning magazine, Today’s Wireless World, and it is published in cooperation with industry leader Motorola and several other key BearCom partners. This year, the report highlights opportunities to create cost efficiencies … Continue reading

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Surveying 2012 with BearCom President & CEO, Jerry Denham

I recently asked BearCom’s President & CEO, Jerry Denham (my boss) for his thoughts on the trends that will dominate two-way radio communications in 2012. Here is his list, with some background on each: 1. Narrowbanding will drive 2012 as two-way radio users strive to bring their fleets into FCC compliance. The countdown clock on every page of the BearCom website says it all: Jan. 1, 2013 is coming soon. And despite years of advance warning and publicity, most two-way radio users … Continue reading

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Two-Way Radios Improve Refinery Efficiency and Safety

Flying home last week after helping yet another BearCom customer resolve a communications crisis, I passed over the scene of an earlier victory for two-way radios: Suncor Energy‘s refinery in Colorado. The 93,000-barrel-a-day plant has undergone a major upgrade that enables it to meet clean fuels regulations and handle a wider range of products. The refinery also has enjoyed the benefits of another significant upgrade—to its two-way radio system. Suncor is focused on developing one of the world’s largest petroleum … Continue reading

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Three Motorola Models are Top Choices when Two-Way Radios are Rented

The biggest events in America run on two things: ticket sales and two-way radio communications. Organizers of everything from county fairs to Super Bowls know that effective radio use dramatically improves logistics, safety, and security. Many choose to rent radios rather than purchase them and have made clear their three favorites. The Motorola CP200 is the most popular two-way radio among rental customers, and it’s used for all kinds of concerts, conventions, fairs, and festivals. Live Nation uses the CP200 … Continue reading

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Firetide Helping to Lead the Way in Campus Connectivity

Got kids? Then you’ve most likely got several mobile devices and the need for Internet access. Pack a bunch of kids into a high school or college, and the demand multiplies—exponentially! Wireless local area networks (WLANs) have been all the rage on campus for years. Educators clearly understand the imperative to provide extensive Internet access and have embraced wireless options that are cost-effective and available for use, whether you’re stuck in Huffman Hall or sunning out on the green. Now the concept is … Continue reading

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Five New Healthcare Applications for RFID

Can anything stem the superhero power of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology? A new report predicts the global market for chipless RFID will climb from this year’s estimated $1.09 billion to nearly $4 billion by 2016! The healthcare industry seems to be one of the biggest fans of RFID technologies, whether they’re for patient care, asset management, or inventory control. The industry tracks everything from the locations of people and important pieces of equipment, to how long patients have to wait … Continue reading

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Thank You to Our Customers for Such a Memorable 30th Year!

It’s downright festive these days here at BearCom, and not just because of the holidays. We’re celebrating another incredible year, and for that, we want to thank you, our customers. You make it all possible! 2011 marked BearCom’s 30th anniversary, and it’s hard not to be amazed at the growth of the company that Jerry Denham and Alyxzander Bear started back in 1981. That two-man shop that rented two-way radios for events is now a network of 26 branch locations … Continue reading

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New Video Highlights Approach of FCC Narrowbanding Deadline

Recently, when my wireless senses told me that narrowbanding was causing a company-wide communications crisis, I knew I had better get there fast. Now you can see what happened next, in a new video called “All Systems Down,” just out from BearCom. It’s the third of my adventures to be captured on video. First was the story of that not-so-super grocery store cashier, followed by the case of the powerless pet store employee. Both had happy endings, thanks to improved communications … Continue reading

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Magazine Envisions a Wireless Future in the Petrochemical Industry

As the virtual Chief Technology Officer here at BearCom, I’m always amazed at the rapid advance of wireless technology and often wonder what’s next. A recent article in the magazine Next Generation Oil and Gas paints quite a picture of the future of the petrochemical industry. Within 10 years, the magazine says, almost all industry employees will carry a handheld mobile device that will be their all-in-one communication tool, with voice, text messaging, and 24/7 access to data. The devices will … Continue reading

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Santa Claus: The “Wireless Wonder”

It was the night before Christmas, so when my wireless senses told me that someone at the North Pole was having a communications crisis, I knew I’d better get there fast! After I crashed through a window (whoops), everyone in the room screamed, “Wireless Woman!” (as if I didn’t know who I was). But what a room—I was in the middle of Santa’s Workshop! Everywhere I looked, there was an elf frantically sawing, hammering, assembling, or wrapping a new toy. … Continue reading

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BearCom to Showcase Latest Wireless Technologies at IAEE Expo! Expo!

Exhibition and event organizers from around the globe will gather at the Las Vegas Convention Center next week, and BearCom will be there. On December 7, Expo! Expo! 2011 will be the centerpiece of the Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. Expo! Expo! attracts 2,000-plus attendees, more than half of whom are event organizers. This year—in booth 448—they’ll find BearCom’s Director of Rental Sales, Eric Stephens. “IAEE Expo! Expo! presents such a great opportunity … Continue reading

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Bon-Ton Stores Speed Communications with Two-Way Radios

I’ll admit it: I love to shop. But I hate waiting for a salesperson to wander off to get the answer to a simple question. What a customer service killer! Two-way radios solve that problem and others for retailers like Bon-Ton Stores. Bon-Ton operates 275 department stores in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest, and upper Great Plains under names like Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Parisian, and Younkers. The stores offer an assortment of fashion apparel … Continue reading

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Graduate Student Helps Motorola’s Golden-i to See

Imagine a computer mounted on your head. Now imagine having the opportunity to help develop it—while still a student! That was the technological dream come true for Sandra Kopecky. Looking to resume her career after a divorce, Sandra enrolled at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), which has a technology partnership with Motorola Solutions. Working toward completing her master’s degree in computer science, Sandra is among a handful of students there who are working on Motorola’s Golden-i, the world’s first hands-free wireless headset computer. Golden-i puts just under the … Continue reading

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Motorola Executive Eduardo Conrado Named Top Marketer of 2011

This week at BearCom, we’re celebrating a huge win for a top executive at Motorola, our largest partner. Eduardo Conrado, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Motorola Solutions, has been recognized as the Top Marketer of 2011 by BtoB Magazine, the publication for marketing strategists. It’s a big award for a big job: communicating a new brand positioning for Motorola Solutions, which was created by the January 2011 split of Motorola into two businesses. Under Eduardo’s leadership, Motorola Solutions created … Continue reading

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Retailers Continue to Benefit from Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology

RFID technology is all the rage these days, and why not? Wireless radio waves transfer data from an RFID tag attached to an object through a reader for the purpose of identifying and tracking the object. They’re used on everything from cars to cattle to casino chips. My Aunt Sue wants to put one on my Uncle Andy! There’s all kinds of evidence on how beneficial RFID technology can be in the retailing industry. The folks at the Sam M. Walton … Continue reading

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Shop Owners in England Use Two-Way Radios to Reduce Losses, Help in Emergencies

As the virtual Chief Technology Officer here at BearCom, I’m constantly hearing about innovative ways people are using two-way radios to make their businesses and organizations safer, more productive, and more profitable. Today, I want to tell you about some shop keepers in England who used radios to combat shoplifting, and along the way, helped out some people when they needed it most.  Dorchester is a town of about 20,000 people in rural southwest England that’s proud to say it was the … Continue reading

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When a Port Official had Questions about Interoperability, BearCom had the Answers

Here at BearCom, we get all kinds of questions about two-way radio communications, including interoperability. One day we heard from Rick Benevidez. Rick’s the Director of Security and Safety at Port Freeport, which is located just down the Texas Gulf Coast from Galveston. It’s a busy place—with 3,000 vessel calls a year—and it handles cargos ranging from cars to crude oil to rice to windmills. That’s right, windmills! Anyway, the port facility needed a two-way radio interoperability system to make … Continue reading

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How MOTOTRBO Helps Manufacturers Maximize Uptime and Improve Productivity

For many years, my Uncle Frank worked in a big manufacturing plant in the town where he lived. He used to say it was a good job in a tough place, with all the machinery, vehicles, heat, and noise. It was all whistles and hand signals for communication back then. These days, we know how the Motorola MOTOTRBO professional two-way radio system helps manufacturing operations boost productivity, reduce costs, and improve efficiency. It combines digital technology with the best in two-way … Continue reading

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Across the Country, Agencies are Embracing Video Surveillance Technology

Everywhere you look these days, it seems like a camera is looking back. And from coast to coast, cities, towns, and all sorts of local government agencies are investing in video surveillance systems. Here at BearCom, we know all about video surveillance. For example, we worked a few years back with the Dallas Police Department and several key partners—including Sony, Firetide, BridgeWave, and OnSSI—to design and install a wireless mesh network and video surveillance system throughout the downtown area and other parts of … Continue reading

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Top 21 Two-Way Radio Terms You Should Know (Part 3 of 3)

In my first and second blog posts in this series, I highlighted the fight against the dreaded scourge of AJD (Acute Jargon Disorder) by unveiling the first 14 of the top 21 two-way radio terms that everyone interacting with wireless communications should know. This week, I wrap it up with the final seven: Amateur radio (ham radio): Amateur radio—often called ham radio—is both a hobby and a service in which participants, called hams, use various types of radio equipment to communicate … Continue reading

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Top 21 Two-Way Radio Terms You Should Know (Part 2 of 3)

Last week, I began the fight against the dreaded scourge of AJD (Acute Jargon Disorder) by unveiling the first seven of the 21 two-way radio terms that everyone interacting with wireless communications should know. This week, I continue with the next seven. Let’s dive right in: Walkie-talkie: A handheld, battery-operated radio transmitter and receiver often used by emergency personnel. The first radio receiver/transmitter to be widely nicknamed walkie-talkie was the backpack Motorola SCR-300, created by an engineering team in 1940 … Continue reading

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Top 21 Two-Way Radio Terms You Should Know (Part 1 of 3)

One of the biggest challenges I face in my day-to-day world as the virtual Chief Technology Officer for BearCom is guarding against the dreaded disease of AJD (Acute Jargon Disorder). Like so many in our industry, if I’m not careful, I slip into spouting all kinds of two-way radio technospeak that has very little meaning to you, our customers. To help curb the spread of this dreaded malady—and to help cure any of those I might have unwittingly infected—I’ve come … Continue reading

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Still Flunking After All These Years

During the chaos of the September 11 attacks a decade ago, the brave first responders who rushed to the World Trade Center found they couldn’t communicate with each other. That problem persists ten years later, according to a report just released by the Bipartisan Policy Committee.  The committee revisited recommendations made back in 2004 by the 9/11 Commission, the bipartisan group tasked with identifying government weaknesses exposed by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Authored by former Indiana Congressman … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing, and Real-Time Video: The Explosion of Digital Video Surveillance Systems in Public Schools

As the kiddos prepare to head back to school, and thoughts turn to hallways and homework, a quiet revolution is taking place in America’s public schools in the area of digital video technology used in surveillance systems. One example: Almost three years ago, the Easton, Pennsylvania Police Department (EPD) obtained a federal grant to improve security around an elementary school, just a block away from the site of a 2007 gang-related triple homicide in the city’s West Ward. The EPD … Continue reading

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The Narrowbanding Deadline is Growing Near!

Okay, folks, here’s my latest rant. It’s time some of you got your head out of your you-know-what and got serious about narrowbanding! We’re less than 18 months away from the FCC’s January 1, 2013 deadline for its rule mandating that virtually all business, educational, industrial, public safety, and local and state government two-way radio system licensees currently operating legacy wideband (25 kHz) must make the transition to 12.5 kHz narrowband technology. But a huge percentage of radio operators out … Continue reading

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What the Google/Motorola Deal Means for BearCom and Our Customers

The blockbuster news in the wireless communications/telecom world this week is, of course, Google’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the cell phone and cable television manufacturer. This deal has no direct immediate bearing on us here at BearCom, since we work closely with Motorola Solutions, which is the other separate company that split off from the old Motorola and which manufactures two-way radios and radio infrastructure products for corporate, government, and public safety agency customers. Still, it does … Continue reading

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How I Saved the Day (Again) for Retailers

We at BearCom have just unveiled the second in our series of animated videos—entitled “The Adventures of Wireless Woman”—to help engage, educate, and entertain our customers, prospects, and the wireless communications technology industry as a whole. The videos feature yours truly—not as humble Meg A. Hertz, but as my alter ego, Wireless Woman, BearCom’s virtual Chief Technology Officer, industry thought leader, champion of cutting-edge wireless technology, and all-around good gal! The first video—entitled “The Checkout“—offers a humorous take on a … Continue reading

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9/11 Anniversary Highlights Continued Need for Wireless Communications Interoperability Strategy and Planning

As we rapidly approach the tenth anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we now know that the lack of interoperability of the public wireless communications systems in New York City contributed to the loss of life on that tragic day. And while the state of interagency communications has improved greatly since 9/11, we are still not close to having the kind of national—or even regional—interoperability systems we need. Earlier this year, for instance, state lawmakers in … Continue reading

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A Nod to Thomas Edison: Musings on a Magnificent MOTOTRBO Milestone!

As the virtual Chief Technology Officer at BearCom, I often seek inspiration from the great minds of innovation over the ages. One of the greatest, of course, was Thomas Edison, who was once asked to sum up the motivating idea behind all his technological discoveries and success. His short and sweet reply: “There’s always a better way—find it.” I thought of that idea recently when I saw that our friends at Motorola Solutions announced the company had just shipped its … Continue reading

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New Smartphone Management Solution from BearCom and True Wireless Helps Fight Phone Hacking

The British phone hacking scandal that has dominated the news over the last few weeks has many CEOs nervous about the security of their companies’ mobile phones and other wireless devices. And if the CEOs are a bit apprehensive, you can imagine how worried the CIOs are! Well, they can both now relax. BearCom is on the case! We have recently come together with a leading wireless management and solutions provider, True Wireless, to launch an exciting new managed service … Continue reading

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Today’s Wireless World Magazine Receives International Award of Excellence

I’m very proud to announce that BearCom’s corporate publication, Today’s Wireless World, was recently presented with a presigious honor: the International Award of Excellence from the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Today’s Wireless World is a printed and digital publication that was originally established in 2006 by BearCom. It reports on recent developments in wireless technology and communicates those developments in layman’s language to executives and managers who are in charge of deploying wireless technologies for their businesses or organizations. Most issues also include … Continue reading

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Padmasree Warrior: A Living Example of the Power of Vision in Technology Development

As the virtual Chief Technology Officer for BearCom, I have a great job. It’s always fulfilling and rewarding, but I’d be lying if I said it was easy. Working hard to help make sure that our wireless technologies and those of our partners mesh seamlessly with our customers’ needs is a constant challenge—not only today, but tomorrow as well. The good news is that there are strong role models out there who not only do this every day, but do … Continue reading

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An Object Lesson on How to Make Sure Technology Doesn’t Leave You Behind

It’s probably one of the most common questions I get as the virtual Chief Technology Officer at BearCom (and all-around smart girl): “Wireless Woman, how do I know that the state-of-the-art wireless products and services I’m buying from you today won’t be obsolete in short order?” It’s a understandable question, given the head-snapping speed that technology is advancing in our lives.  Let me be brutally honest. The truth is, there is no way to stop or even slow down the pace of … Continue reading

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After the Dallas Mavericks’ Landmark Victory Celebration, Wireless Woman Salutes the “Big Three”

When Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki, team owner Mark Cuban, and team founder Donald Carter hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy as the 2011 National Basketball Association champs, that wasn’t the only big win associated with the team. The Mavs, their devoted fans, and the City of Dallas as a whole also won big on June 16, 2011, when the 200,000+ MFFLs (Mav Fans for Life) who participated in the victory parade and pep rally were treated to one of the most … Continue reading

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“Wireless Wednesday” Takes Wings as a Twitter Phenomenon

Wednesday is a busy day in the work week for my colleague, Kent Huffman, the Chief Marketing Officer at BearCom. That’s when he and I check my Twitter account to review all the recommendations from my connections in the wireless technology space as to who should be following whom. Kent and I created the “Wireless Wednesday” initiative a year ago as a spinoff of the popular “Follow Friday” movement, whereby Twitter users can alert their followers every Friday about who … Continue reading

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Wireless Convergence Grows Near

“My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” —Charles Kettering Hugh Johnston is BearCom’s Product and Purchasing Manager, my colleague, and a good friend. He has more than 25 years of experience in the wireless communications technology space and works daily with BearCom’s customers, partners, and his fellow employees to make sure we consistently bring the best solutions to market and that our customers deploy them in the best ways. … Continue reading

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“The Adventures of Wireless Woman” Makes its Debut

Great news! We at BearCom have just unveiled another component of our ongoing campaign to engage, educate, and entertain our customers, prospects, and the wireless communications technology industry as a whole: ”The Adventures of Wireless Woman.” This is a series of short animated videos featuring yours truly—not as humble Meg A. Hertz, but as my alter ego, Wireless Woman, BearCom’s virtual Chief Technology Officer, industry thought leader, champion of cutting-edge wireless technology, and all-around good gal! The first video—entitled ”The Checkout“—offers a humorous take on a … Continue reading

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Casinos Features

By luck the wireless technologies are keeping improving more and more and this happens in front of our eyes, in fast times. Every month there is a new technology, many of these are dedicated to the mobile games industry but there are others that focus on the online casinos, those where you can find the traditional game of roulette, poker and blackjack. I know there is not much to say about casino gamblers who play for many hours every day. … Continue reading

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Motorola Solutions Generates More Excitement than Expected

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, while an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” —Sir Winston Churchill When Motorola, Inc. split into two separate companies—Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions—earlier this year, most business observers in the investment community expected little from Motorola Solutions. After all, while Motorola Mobility was the sexy, young whippersnapper rolling out exciting toys like the Xoom tablet, Motorola Solutions represented the older, sleepy side of the business that has for decades sold two-way … Continue reading

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That’s Not Just a Radio, It’s a Revolution!

“An innovation is one of those things that society looks at and says, if we make this part of the way we live and work, it will change the way we live and work.” —Dean Kamen I hope you like the above quote. It’s one of my favorites because it so accurately reflects what’s going on in our society. So much is changing so fast that we sometimes can’t catch our breath. And while change is never easy, if you … Continue reading

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BearCom: Thirty Years of Great Products for and from Great People

2011 marks the 30th anniversary of BearCom. Founded in 1981 as Bear Communications by Jerry Denham and Alyxzander Bear, BearCom has grown from a two-man operation providing two-way radio rentals for special events to the largest dealer and integrator of wireless communications equipment in the U.S., with 26 branch locations and more than 30,000 customers. “When I look at the scope of what we have been able to accomplish, I am amazed and humbled,” said BearCom Chairman John Watson, who … Continue reading

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Notching Up Your Narrowbanding Know-How

So let me just ask you point blank: are you ready for the new world of narrowbanding? I sure hope so! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initially set a sweeping new narrowbanding initiative in motion in 1992 with the goal of increasing capacity and efficiency in private land mobile radio services. The regulations mandate that virtually all business, educational, industrial, public safety, and local and state government two-way radio … Continue reading

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The Reengineering Revolution Wasn’t Televised—It was Wireless!

Before I went from being the simple, mild-mannered Meg A. Hertz to becoming the crusading hero Wireless Woman, I never dreamed how important wireless communications technology would be in the day-to-day lives of virtually every American—especially in the area of commerce. But one thing I’ve learned is that changing how you see yourself changes how you see the world.  Take the idea of supply chain management (SCM). This has for the last 20 years been one of the hottest areas … Continue reading

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Why Launch the BearCom Bulletin?

Hello folks! Wireless Woman here with the inaugural post of the BearCom Bulletin, our new blog. Probably the single most often asked question I get (other than how I maintain my girlish figure while still eating so many pastries) is how I stay on top of the rapidly changing world of communications technology. The short answer is that I do it with my super anti-yawning power! I mean, let’s face it—wireless communications technology isn’t exactly the sexiest topic in the … Continue reading

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