Donny Jackson

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.

pdvWireless dropped from FirstNet consideration
pdvWireless, one of three publicly confirmed companies leading a bidding team that was vying for the right to build FirstNet’s nationwide network for public safety, this week received official written notice that its proposal no longer is being considered for the FirstNet award, according to the company’s latest SEC filing.
ESChat announces plans to support 3GPP mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) functionality in future versions of product
Push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) provider ESChat announces plans to develop Mission Critical ESChat (MC-ESChat), which will provide “full compliance” with the new 3GPPP mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) standard as it evolves during the next few years.
L.R. Kimball’s public-safety-communications unit becomes part of Federal Engineering
Federal Engineering announces that it has bolstered its expertise—particularly in the area of 911 consulting—with the addition of L.R Kimball’s public-safety-communications practice to the firm via an agreement with CDI Infrastructure, which owned L.R. Kimball previously.
SceneDoc upgrades solution to include e-citation functionality
SceneDoc announces the availability of SceneDoc V4.1, the latest upgrade to its application solution that lets officers process electronic citations (e-citations) from commercially available smartphones and tablets, not just laptops and purpose-built devices dedicated to the task.
West’s Safety Services selected to develop and operate database to enhance 911 caller-location data for PSAPs
West’s Safety Services has been chosen to operate and maintain the 911 National Emergency Address Database (NEAD) platform, which will include the location of Wi-Fi access points and Bluetooth beacons that can be used to determine the location of 911 callers, even when calling from a cell phone inside of a building.
Rivada will not bid on state RFPs until FirstNet announces nationwide contractor, co-CEO Ganley says
Rivada Networks and Rivada Mercury will not consider submitting bids in response to any current or future state requests for proposals (RFPs) to build public-safety LTE radio access networks (RANs) until after FirstNet announces the winner of its nationwide RFP sometime next month, according to Rivada Networks co-CEO Declan Ganley.
FCC privacy proposal would not alter law-enforcement practices, official says 1
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulates proposed rules that are designed to protect consumers’ privacy rights in association with their Internet service providers (ISPs), but the proposal would not impact law-enforcement surveillance or investigation efforts, according to a senior FCC official.
PTT-over-cellular improvements could impact new private LMR network builds within five years, speakers say
Advancements in push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) services have evolved to a point where they represent a threat to private land-mobile-radio (LMR) networks, potentially resulting in the construction of new LMR networks dwindling noticeably during the next five years, two speakers said during a recent webinar about PoC offerings.
Arizona becomes third state to issue RFP for statewide public-safety LTE network
The state of Arizona releases a request for proposal (RFP) seeking bids to build and maintain a statewide public-safety LTE radio access network (RAN), if the state opts out of the FirstNet nationwide broadband system for first responders.
Motorola Solutions to buy Spillman Technologies
Motorola Solutions announces the purchase of Spillman Technologies, a provider of on-premise and cloud-based solutions to more than 1,700 Tier 2 and Tier 3 public-safety entities.
Potomac Spectrum Partners plans to begin building nationwide TETRA system by the end of the year
Potomac Spectrum Partners (PSP), a private company based in Maryland, announces that is teaming with partners TASSTA, PowerTrunk (part of the Sepura Group) and Space Data to develop a nationwide TETRA network for mission-critical voice, data and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Alabama issues RFP for public-safety LTE RAN network, says it has not made opt-out decision
The state of Alabama issues a request for proposal (RFP) in an effort to solicit bids from vendors to build and maintain the LTE radio access network (RAN) in the state, if the governor chooses to pursue the opt-out alternative to FirstNet, becoming the second state in the U.S. to conduct such a procurement.
Motorola Solutions: Diane Tonielli demonstrates portal features that display health of comm networks
Diane Tonielli, product manager for Motorola Solutions, demonstrates how the company’s managed-services offering inform network operators about the health of their communications systems.
New trade association formed to represent communications interests of non-public-safety government entities
A group of industry leaders announces the formation of the Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association (GWTCA), a trade association that officials say is being established to represent the communications needs of government public-service entities.

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