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.

NENA conference highlights key 911 issues for attendees, federal officials
Encouraging Congress to approve federal grants to help fund 911 and pass legislation that would address issues associated with multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) are among the primary goals for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) in 2015, according to NENA CEO Brian Fontes.
NXT-ID seeks patent for voice-authentication technology for making payments, other potential uses
Authentication-solutions provider NXT-ID announces that it has filed a provisional patent for a system that leverages voice-recognition technology to ensure a secure and convenient method for making payments. The same approach can be used to authenticate secure user access to networks and databases, according to a company official.
FirstNet promises ‘profound change’ for EMS, official says
High-speed connectivity via FirstNet will let emergency-medical-service (EMS) personnel access and deliver information in a manner timely enough to save lives more often than today, according to FirstNet board member and EMS practitioner Kevin McGinnis.
GovNET selects Ceragon Networks for high-capacity microwave backhaul in Arizona
Ceragon Networks announces delivery of FibeAir IP-20 wireless-backhaul equipment to GovNET, a private telecommunications firm that is building a statewide microwave and fiber network in Arizona to serve the critical-communications needs of hospitals, schools, governments and emergency-service organizations.
Top 5 stories: Week of Feb. 9 – 13

Here are the most popular stories on IWCE’s Urgent Communications from last week:

Cisco Systems launches City Operations Center platform
Cisco Systems announces the launch of its City Operations Center platform, which is designed to let enterprise officials view myriad forms of information—video, sensor findings, location information and other data—in a “single pane of glass view,” according to Cisco Systems employees.
LA-RICS LTE project shrinks as cities opt out, refuse to approve sites
With its public-safety LTE system scheduled for completion in six months, the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System Authority (LA-RICS) has seen the scope of the deployment shrink as some member cities have opted out of the project or refused to approve sites, according to LA-RICS Executive Director Patrick Mallon.
Motorola Solution buys 911 call-taking software firm Emergency CallWorks
Motorola Solutions announces the purchase of Emergency CallWorks, a software developer based in Birmingham, Ala., with a solution that enables 911 call centers to accept emergency calls and other multimedia in a next-generation 911 system.
LTE standards group targeting mission-critical push-to-talk specifications for early 2016
Officials for 3GPP, the standards body for LTE technology, say the organization plans to establish a standard for mission-critical-voice functionality over LTE early next year. That action could have significant impact on both 4G LTE initiatives and LMR plans for public-safety and critical-communications entities.
Pacific DataVision announces MOTOTRBO as narrowband technology, begins trading on NASDAQ 1
Pacific DataVision (PDV) will deploy MOTOTRBO technology from Motorola Solutions in the four initial markets that are scheduled for operation during the first half of this year, a company official said in association with PDV stock beginning to be traded on the NASDAQ capital market last week.
Top 5 stories: Week of Feb. 2 – 6

Here’s a look at the most popular stories on IWCE’s Urgent Communications from last week:

Motorola Solutions exploring sale of company, reports say
Officials for critical-communications manufacturing giant Motorola Solutions are contemplating a potential sale of the 87-year-old company, which refused to comment on the speculation, according to reports from multiple media outlets.
TriTech Software Systems buys Tiburon
San Diego-based TriTech Software Systems today announced the acquisition of Tiburon. The deal expands TriTech’s customer base by more than 350 sites, which means that TriTech supports installations in 82 of the 100 largest municipalities in the United States, according to a company press release.
Lawmakers, railroads say 2015 positive-train-control (PTC) deadline should be extended by several years
Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee say they would support legislation to extend this year’s deadline for railroads to implement positive-train-control (PTC) systems, because railroads are still several years from implementing the technology, according to testimony during last week’s hearing on the matter.
South Carolina county turns to Motorola Solutions, Intrado for integrated text-to-911 solution
Kershaw County, S.C., announces that it has become the first agency in South Carolina to implement a fully integrated text-to-911 service, choosing a solution provided by Motorola Solution and Intrado.

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