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
Rivada Networks CEO Ganley says spectrum should be leveraged, traditional public-safety communications model ‘dead’ 1
Government entities should be allowed to leverage unused spectrum resources to help fund public-safety initiatives, which would make obsolete the traditional public-safety LMR deployment model—in which governments provide spectrum and pay millions of taxpayer dollars for networks—according to Rivada Networks CEO Declan Ganley.
Effective drone cybersecurity requires system-engineering approach, not just IT, panelists say
It is virtually impossible to completely secure the software used to operated aerial drones or other unmanned vehicles, so it is important that these systems be designed to operate safely even when the software is compromised, panelists said during a session at the recent Unmanned Systems 2015 event in Atlanta.
Rockwell Collins, PowerTrunk team to install TETRA communications at JFK Airport
Rockwell Collins and PowerTrunk announce that the companies will install a TETRA system at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City as part of an upgrade to the airport’s current iDEN-based communications system.
RAD: Elad Harf demonstrates the capabilities of company's Megaplex platform
Elad Harf, utility and transportation systems engineer for RAD, showcases the features of the company's Megaplex platform during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the recent UTC Telecom & Technology 2015 show in Atlanta.
FirstNet sheds light on financial challenges during Industry Day event 1
FirstNet is seeking partnerships that ensure the nationwide public-safety broadband network is financially sustainable in the long term and provides first responders with “the best price possible” for service, officials said during a meeting yesterday with attendees interested in responding to the FirstNet draft RFP.
Utilities continue to face spectrum challenges, UTC panelists say
ATLANTA—Utilities can realize unprecedented benefits from communications that enable smart-grid functionality, but securing the appropriate wireless spectrum needed to support these applications remains a barrier for many, panelists said during the annual United Telecom Council (UTC) Telecom & Technology 2015 show.
PowerTrunk: David Torres outlines the capabilities of new TETRA-LTE solution
David Torres, PowerTrunk's vice president of Canada sales, explains how the company's new solution can support a standalone TETRA network, a Band 14 LTE network or a hybrid TETRA-LTE system. The PowerTrunk TETRA-LTE offering is expected to be commercially available late this year.
Denco Area 911 District in Texas recognized for transition to all-IP architecture
Lewisville, Texas-based Denco Area 911 District has transitioned its emergency call-taking technology to an all-IP architecture that is expected let the entity support standardized multimedia communications and other next-generation 911 functionality, according to an official with the 911 district.
SceneDoc releases 3.0 upgrade focused on efficient sharing, team-based investigations
SceneDoc announces the availability of the 3.0 release of its policing-as-a-platform (PaaP) software that lets public-safety users automatically share evidence documentation for a given case to enable greater investigative collaboration, according to company co-founder and CEO Alex Kottoor.
Cisco Systems: Anant Mathur highlights features of new ruggedized firewall for critical-infrastructure entities
Anant Mathur, a technical product manager for Cisco Systems, talks about capabilities and resiliency of the ASA5506H-X, a ruggedized firewall that the company launched this week at the UTC Telecom & Technology 2015 show in Atlanta.
FAA announces Pathfinder drone research program to pursue UAS use in challenging operational environments
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its Pathfinder research initiative designed to explore the limits of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—or aerial drone—in crowded urban areas and where line-of-sight operations are not practical.
senseFly: Demonstration of eXom drone's thermal-camera integration (Part 4)
Officials for senseFly, a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), show the how the company’s eXom drone can support thermal-camera use in the demonstration area on the exhibit-hall floor at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta. Company co-founder Andrea Halter is speaking.
senseFly: Demonstration of eXom drone's ability to maintain position despite force exertion (Part 3)
Officials for senseFly, a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), show the how the company’s eXom drone has a "lock-in" mode that lets the device maintain its position, even when it encounters a force like wind. The capabilty was shown in the demonstration area on the exhibit-hall floor at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta. Company co-founder Andrea Halter is speaking.
senseFly: Demonstration of eXom drone's cruise-control capability (Part 2)
Officials for senseFly, a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), show the how the company’s eXom drone has a cruise-control mode—ideal for maintaining consistent focus when conducting video inspections—in the demonstration area on the exhibit-hall floor at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta. Company co-founder Andrea Halter is speaking.
senseFly: Demonstration of eXom drone launching and landing (Part 1)
Officials for senseFly, a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), show the basic launching and landing capabilities of the company’s eXom drone in the demonstration area on the exhibit-hall floor at the Unmanned Systems 2015 show in Atlanta. Company co-founder Andrea Halter is speaking.

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