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.

FCC approves new 911 location-accuracy rules
FCC commissioners unanimously approve rules requiring commercial wireless carriers to provide improved 911 location-accuracy information, including the first rules for wireless calls made from inside a building or other facility.
FCC Commissioner O’Rielly hints at PSAP consolidation as task force begins 911 architecture work
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly urges members of a new agency task force established to consider the optimal architecture for next-generation 911 to consider “all options on the table,” including significant consolidation of the nation’s public-safety answering points (PSAPs).
Speculation rampant as FCC vote nears on 911 location-accuracy rules
Public-safety and industry representatives spent much of Monday scrambling for information about the conditions to be included in the 911 location-accuracy proposed rules that are scheduled to be voted upon by FCC commissioners during Thursday’s open meeting.
SceneDoc gets investment from Motorola Solutions
Public-safety software provider SceneDoc announces the completion of a $4 million Series A round of funding with participation from Motorola Solutions’ venture-capital unit and a group of angel investors.
Mutualink’s collaboration platform part of New Jersey’s deployable public-safety LTE solution
New Jersey’s deployable public-safety LTE system will include collaboration software from Mutualink that is designed to ensure local-area interoperability via multiple technologies in almost all circumstances, as well as long-range interoperability when backhaul connectivity is available.
Nationwide wireless carriers alter proposed roadmap to improve location accuracy for indoor 911 calls
All four nationwide wireless carriers submit a joint filing to the FCC that outlines changes to their previous proposal on location accuracy for indoor 911 calls, including new performance metrics, greater focus on the vertical Z-axis coordinate and a willingness to work on privacy issues associated with a proposed new database of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth beacon infrastructure.
Motorola Solutions issues statement regarding company’s TETRA plans in North America 5
Motorola Solutions receives FCC certification for a TETRA base station—a technological offering that the company has deployed extensively throughout in other continents, but not in North America. Motorola Solutions declined to be interviewed by IWCE’s Urgent Communications about its North American TETRA plans, but the company did provide a statement.
NetMotion Wireless announces diagnostic capabilities for its mobile VPN solution
NetMotion Wireless announces the availability of NetMotion Diagnostics for Mobility, which enables first-level diagnostic mobile VPN testing that is designed to streamline connectivity troubleshooting for users and technical-support personnel.
Pacific DataVision officials address key technical concerns raised about 900 MHz LMR-to-broadband proposal
Officials for Pacific DataVision (PDV) outline potential solutions to address technical concerns raised by commenters in an FCC proceeding that is designed to examine a proposal to transition 3 MHz of 900 MHz LMR spectrum to broadband use.
NICE Systems, CloudScann partner on mobile app deployed by NJ TRANSIT
NICE Systems and CloudScann announce an integrated solution that lets users document incidents in the field via their smartphones and enable two-way transmissions of text, photo and video information with a centralized command center.
Vendor team outlines features of all-deployable public-safety LTE network for state of New Jersey
First responders in three regions of New Jersey later this year are expected to utilize a new dedicated public-safety LTE network comprised entirely of deployable infrastructure operating on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to FirstNet, according to officials for the vendors building the network.
Motorola Solutions unit invests in VocalZoom for noise-cancellation technology that could be ‘game changer’
Motorola Solutions announces that its venture-capital unit has made a strategic investment in VocalZoom, an Israel-based company that has developed a microphone with an integrated optical sensor that is designed to improve audio quality in cellular or radio products by 40 dB in noisy environments.
Georgia county doubles radio capacity with P25 Phase 2 system from Motorola Solutions
Cobb County, Ga., accepts the first deployed 800 MHz P25 Phase 2 radio system from Motorola Solutions that uses time-division multiple access (TDMA) technology to double the number of channels supported from 18 to 36, according to Tracy Roberts, radio system manager for Cobb County’s department of public safety.
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.

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