Donny Jackson

Donny
Jackson
Editor,
Urgent Communications

Donny Jackson is editor of Urgent Communications magazine. Before joining UC in 2002, he covered telecommunications for four years as a freelance writer and as news editor for Telephony magazine. Prior to that, he worked for suburban newspapers in the Dallas area, serving as editor-in-chief for the Irving News and the Las Colinas Business News.

Articles
Latest NetMotion Diagnostics release enables enhanced reporting on connectivity issues, support for iOS, Android
​NetMotion Wireless announces NetMotion Diagnostics 3.10, which lets enterprises and other customer access raw data from the solution to generate reports from third-party tools like Splunk, Elasticsearch and Kiwi, as well as supporting usage on iOS and Android platforms.
Black & Veatch bids more than $3 million to buy RCC Consultants assets out of bankruptcy as early as this week
A key point in RCC Consultants’ bankruptcy saga could be determined this week, when the consulting firm’s business and assets could be bought by Black & Veatch (B&V) for a purchase price between $3.1 million and $3.5 million, according to a motion filed by RCC Consultants in its bankruptcy court.
TCS buys Loctronix to provide inertial-navigation-based solutions to locate 911 callers, first responders
Telecommunication Systems (TCS) recently purchased Seattle-based inertial-navigation developer Loctronix to enhance the TCS portfolio of location-based solutions that can be leveraged to help first responders find 911 callers or to map the location of public-safety personnel at an incident scene, even when they are indoors.
South Korea plans to deploy mission-critical PTT over LTE this year 1
Mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) over LTE is scheduled to be demonstrated and deployed later this year in South Korea, which is one of multiple international efforts to determine the viability of transitioning mission-critical voice for first responders from land mobile radio (LMR) technologies to LTE, according to a Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) official.
Trimble integrates Zello push-to-talk app into construction-logistics software suite
Trimble announces that its TrimFleet 6.5 software suite integrates with push-to-talk application Zello for Work to provide customers with a “voice-over-IP radio replacement” for construction logistics.
Accurate GIS data critical to PSAPs migrating to next-gen 911
As public-safety answering points (PSAPs) attempt to forge migration paths from legacy 911 systems to the IP-based next-generation 911 (NG911) architecture, overlooking or postponing work to ensure that valid geographic information systems (GIS) data can delay NG911 implementation by more than a year, according to 911 experts.
Cost, coverage will be key to public-safety adoption of FirstNet, state officials say
FirstNet is tasked with building a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety, but cost and coverage—not just prioritized service—will be critical factors in determining first responders’ willingness to subscribe to the much-anticipated FirstNet system, state officials said today.
Rave Mobile Safety: Todd Piett demonstrates capabilities of company's Smart911 solution
Todd Piett, Rave Mobile Safety's chief product officer, describes the features within the Smart911 platform during this demonstration for IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson on the exhibit-hall floor of the NENA 2015 Conference & Expo in Denver.
LA-RICS works toward September public-safety LTE deadline, struggles with RF-emissions opposition
There is a lot of work to be done, but the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) still plans to complete the deployment of its public-safety LTE system by the end of September, although the project continues to receive opposition from groups claiming dangers from radio-frequency (RF) emissions.
LA-RICS works toward September public-safety LTE deadline, opponents still claim RF-emissions danger
There is a lot of work to be done, but the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) still plans to complete the deployment of its public-safety LTE system by the end of September, although the project continues to receive opposition from groups claiming dangers from radio-frequency (RF) emissions.
Michigan jurisdictions ‘happy’ with VESTA Radio for regional P25 system, prepare for ISSI interoperability
Public-safety personnel utilizing the regional P25 network for the Downriver Mutual Aid (DMA) district in Michigan have been pleased with the coverage and flexibility provided by the VESTA Radio system from Airbus DS Communications during its first year-and-half of service, according to a DMA official.
TCS: Dan Highsmith highlights features of company's connected mobility solution
Dan Highsmith, senior sales engineer for TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), explains how the company leverages vehicle-router and ad-hoc networking solutions to deliver a connected mobility solution in the field.
FirstNet responses to draft-RFP queries provide some insight into potential plans, leave many questions unanswered 1
​FirstNet releases 217 pages of responses to 666 questions associated with its draft RFP documents, largely reiterating its openness to myriad approaches that would address the organization’s public-safety broadband mission, while acknowledging that decisions have not yet been made in several key areas that could impact the economics of potential bids.
Oracle, ModUcom, Stancil: Demonstration of text-to-911 call transfer direct to first responder via interoperable NENA next-gen standard platform
Kevin Pitts and Chris Rushton of Oracle Communications, Walt Jones of Modular Communications Systems (ModUcom), and Simon Farrow of Stancil Corporation demonstrate how a next-generation 911 platform can be used to patch—and directly transfer after dispatch disconnects—a text-to-911 session to a first responder in the field.
HipLink: CEO and President Pamela LaPine highlights reliability, flexibility of company's notification system
HipLink CEO and President Pamela LaPine demonstrates the ability for her company’s notification application to deliver notifications reliably on multiple device platforms during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson on the NENA 2015 Conference & Expo show floor in Denver.

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