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.

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.
Motorola Solutions: Randy Long describes benefits of SchoolSAFE solution
Randy Long of SchoolSAFE Communications describes how the dealer-developed solution supports daily communications on educational campuses, as well as interoperability with public-safety personnel during times of emergency.
New Hampshire approves contract with Rivada Networks, but state official insists no FirstNet opt-out decision has been made
New Hampshire’s governor and executive council votes unanimously to approve a contract with Rivada Networks to build a public-safety LTE radio-access network (RAN) throughout the state, if New Hampshire decides to opt out of FirstNet—a choice that would not be made until next year, according to a state official.
Icom America announces new series of NXDN IDAS mobiles and portables
Icom America recently showcased a new series of multi-mode UHF/VHF NXDN IDAS radios that are designed to provide users with a flexible feature set and an enhanced user interface.
Motorola Solutions: Dean Picha demonstrates how enhanced-geofencing capability can aid response effort
Dean Picha, an engineer at Motorola Solutions, demonstrates how enhanced geofencing—new fuctionality available on the company's ASTRO 25 systems—allows for quicker updates to responders' radios as they approach an incident scene.
Harris/Rivada: Umesh Bhavsar explains how quality-of-service capabilities could work on FirstNet
Umesh Bhavsar, a senior product manager at Harris RF Communications—a partner on the Rivada Mercury team that is bidding for the nationwide FirstNet contract—describes how quality of service for first responders can be altered dynamically by public-safety policies and potentially controlled by public-safety personnel to meet the specific bandwidth needs associated with a response.
Sonim: CEO Bob Plaschke highlights features of company's new rugged car kits for LTE handsets
Sonim Technologies Chairman and CEO Bob Plaschke showcases characteristics of the company's rugged USB-connected car kit, which is designed to meet the needs of public-safety and military customers. Sonim also offers a Bluetooth-connected version of the car at a lower price point for users that do not require some of public-safety and military features.
Comtech: Kent Hellebust describes transition, new opportunities since TCS merger early this year
Kent Hellebust, vice president of safety and security techologies at Comtech Telecommunications, says the transition from TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) customers has proceeded smoothly since Comtech purchased the company early this year.
Tait and Harris: Garry Diack, Chris Young outline expected benefits of companies' new relationship
Tait Communications CEO Garry Diack (left) and Chris Young, president of Harris Communications Systems, explain how the recently announced strategic partnership between the manufacturers should help both companies.
Locution Systems: Glenn Neal highlights mobile-app capabilities associated with fire-station alerting system
Glenn Neal, president and CTO of Locution Systems, describes the mapping functionality and other mobile-application capabilities that are available to customers of the company's PrimeAlert fire-station alerting solution.
Cradlepoint: Mike Browne highlights company's hardware, software solutions
Mike Browne, solutions engineering manager at Cradlepoint, showcases the company’s modem offerings and software solutions that are designed to ease management of bandwidth from multiple providers.
FirstNet board approves budget for 2017 fiscal year
FirstNet board members vote to approve a $6.585 billion budget for fiscal year 2017, although only $85 million is expected to be used for the organization’s operations for the upcoming year. The remaining $6.5 billion will be disbursed to the contractor building FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network when deployment thresholds are met during the next several years.

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