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.

Ascom Network Testing: David Fitzgerald talks about FirstNet, ways to measure quality of service
David Fitzgerald, director of the CTO office at Ascom Network Testing, outlines the various methods that LTE operators, including FIrstNet, can use to ensure that users have the kind of coverage, quality of service and quality of experienced they expect from their broadband system.
Sound off: Late TRNI Chairman Dave Robison discusses challenges associated with dealer succession, consolidation
Some of the big challenges in the radio-dealer industry are succession plans amid a trend of increased consolidation in the dealer sector. Dave Robison, the late USMSS/TRNI chairman, spoke with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson about these issues and how they impact the way dealerships are valued.
Find Me 911 coalition makes its case in opposition to cellular carriers’ indoor 911 location proposal 1
FCC commissioners should approve proposed rules governing location-accuracy rules for 911 calls made from cellular phones used inside a building, as well as initiate a proceeding that would let the agency evaluate tecnoologies proposed in a recent agreement by U.S. nationwide wireless carriers, according to an official with the Find Me 911 coalition.
Motorola Solutions acquires Trident Micro Systems
Motorola Solutions acquires Trident Micro Systems, a developer of controllers for analog and digital LMR systems—notably, for Motorola Solutions’ Connect Plus offering in its MOTOTRBO platform—according to a Motorola Solutions spokeswoman.
Jeff Johnson named as FirstNet vice chairman; CTO resignation announced
Movement within FirstNet’s leadership continued this week, with board member and public-safety veteran Jeff Johnson being named as the organization’s new vice chairman and the announcement that Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Ali Afrashteh has resigned for personal reasons.
Inspector General cites FirstNet contracting issues during first year 1
An audit of FirstNet’s actions during its first 14 months of existence reveals multiple administrative problems in executing government policies and an unidentified board member exerted “undue influence” on a contractor's hiring practices during this period, according to a report released today by the office of the Inspector General (IG) for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Panelists note public-safety benefits in LTE standard, cite work that needs to be done
Key first-responder capabilities—noatably, group communications and off-network functionality—are not yet in the LTE standard, and economic pressures could hinder their development, panelists said during a public-safety session at the recent LTE North America conference in Dallas.
NENA officials explain key details of wireless 911 location accord with carriers
Public-safety answering points (PSAPs) should be able to get much more accurate location data from 911 callers using wireless devices indoors by leveraging information provided by commercial infrastructure such as small cells, Wi-Fi systems and Bluetooth beacons, officials for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) said in describing the details of the recent agreement struck with the four nationwide U.S. wireless carriers.
North Carolina agency turns to body-worn camera system from VIEVU, Motorola Solutions
Officers in the sheriff’s department in Buncombe County, N.C.—a jurisdiction that includes the city of Asheville—are scheduled to begin using body-worn camera system from VIEVU and Motorola Solutions early next year to record the agency’s interactions with the public, according to Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan.
Quintel Solutions: Keith Radousky discusses LTE antenna technology to enable FirstNet infrastructure sharing
Keith Radousky, Quintel Solutions' CTO for the Americas, explains how the company's multi-port antenna systems can allow infrastructure sharing, such as a potential arrangement in which FirstNet shares site assets with a commercial carrier system.
Backhaul key as small cells enhance LTE performance, increase network complexity
Speakers at LTE North America highlight the relationship between the proliferation of small cells and the heightened need for scalable backhaul from each of these sites. Fiber is the ideal platform, but alternatives include a wireless solution with fiber-like characteristics and a new modulation scheme that promises to "convert copper into gold."
Reverb Networks: CEO Zoran Kehler explains self-optimizing networks (SON), potential public-safety impact
Reverb Networks CEO Zoran Kehler describes how LTE self-optimizing networks (SON) work and provides examples of potential benefits for a public-safety system like FirstNet. Kehler spoke with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the recent LTE North America show in Dallas.
451 Research: Ken Rehbehn discusses benefits of active antennas in LTE networks
Ken Rehbehn, principal mobile analyst at 451 Research, explains the pros and cons of LTE operators deploying active antennas--as well as their applicability in a public-safety broadband network like FirstNet--during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the LTE North America show in Dallas.
Netscout: John English highlights company's network-management, user-experience capabilities for FirstNet
John English, product line manager for NetScout, talks about the company's ability to provide network-management information to an LTE operator like FirstNet, as well as user-experience data to subscribers to ensure that service-level-agreement (SLA) benchmarks are being met. English spoke with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the LTE North America show in Dallas.
AOptix: Amit Khetawat discusses company's high-bandwidth backhaul capabilities to meet public-safety deployable needs
Amit Khetawat, director of products for AOptix Technologies, talks about the ability for his company's wireless backhaul technology--using a combination of free-space optics and millimeter-wave technologies--to deliver at least 2 GB/s backhaul throughput, even in situations that require quick setups times. Khetawat made the comments during a conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the LTE North America show in Dallas.

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