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.

Feds lift LA-RICS suspension, OK construction on 82-site public-safety LTE project 2
Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) officials will restart work Monday on its revised, 82-site public-safety LTE system after the federal government today lifted its suspension on the project and waived a clause that would have required LA-RICS to meet a 20% match requirement.
Motorola Solutions: Steve Tine showcases Real-Time Intelligence Client, BriefCam video analytics
Steve Tine, distinguished member of the technical staff at Motorola Solutions, highlights capabilities of the company's Real-Time Intelligence Client platform, which can leverage tools like BriefCam's video-analytics solutions to enable the delivery of relevant information to personnel in the field.
Motorola Solutions: Virtual Intelligence Partner prototype lets officers talk to databases
Wei Lin and Evgeny Maryaskin of Motorola Solutions demonstrate the Virtual Intelligence Partner, a prototype software platform that leverages natural-language processing technology to let field personnel access database information with intuitive voice commands.
Motorola Solutions: Thermal-sensor prototype designed for integration into firefighter gear
Patrick Koskan, senior resource manager in Motorola Solutions’ advanced subscriber technologies unit, and Melanie King, a senior software engineer for Motorola Solutions, highlight the capabilities of a prototype thermal-sensor device that is designed to be attached to a firefighter’s gear to allow hands-free access to its data.
States push back against preliminary FirstNet legal interpretations on opt-out alternative
Several states and territories were outspoken in their criticism of FirstNet’s preliminary legal interpretation of opt-out options, asking for detailed clarity in FirstNet’s state plans and questioning whether the federal entity is legally authorized to take some of the stances its staff has proposed.
Los Angeles reps visit D.C., told that time extension for LA-RICS would be difficult
Representatives from the Los Angeles area last week visited Washington, D.C., to discuss the troubled Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) public-safety LTE project, learning that securing additional time beyond the Sept. 30 deadline would be challenging.
Vertex Standard unveils IP-based EVX-Link solution to connect disparate DMR Tier II systems 1
Vertex Standard introduces its eVerge EVX-Link, a pocket-sized solution that is projected to cost less than $500 and enables quickly deployable connectivity between multiple DMR Tier II systems via a mobile radio with an Ethernet connection, according to a company official.
Motorola Solutions: Rich Payne discusses predictive-policing capabilities
Rich Payne of Motorola Solutions explains how real-time crime data and predictive-analytics tools can be used to brief officers and deploy law-enforcement resources more effectively. Motorola Solutions gained these capabilities through its recent purchase of PublicEngines.
Motorola Solutions: Daniel Dakessian demonstrates sensor-driven connected police officer solution
Daniel Dakessian, senior product marketing specialist for Motorola Solutions, demonstrates the capabilities of a prototype connected police-officer solution, which calls for numerous sensors on an officer providing automated inputs that can accessed quickly by dispatch and/or incident-command personnel.
FirstNet board approves release of draft RFP, ‘public-safety entity’ definition proceeding

FirstNet board members today voted unanimously to release a special notice regarding its much-anticipated draft request for proposal (RFP), which will initiate a 90-day proceeding designed to provide FirstNet with the feedback from industry and public safety that is needed to issue a final RFP by the end of the year.

Board members met via teleconference today after declining to consider the RFP proposed to the board at last month’s meeting. FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson thanked the FirstNet staff for its efforts in revising the massive document.

MSA, Motorola Solutions create a Bluetooth solution to improve voice communications on fireground 1
Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) manufacturer MSA and Motorola Solutions today announced an integrated Bluetooth solution that is designed to let firefighters communicate more clearly in noisy fireground environments.
Motorola Solutions: Alan Conrad demonstrates prototype handheld LTE eNodeB/EPC, drone application
Alan Conrad, distinguished member of the technical staff in the chief technology office of Motorola Solutions, demonstrates the capabilities of a prototype LTE eNodeB/evolved packet core (EPC) that could be used in a terrestial setting—or an aerial drone—to provide public-safety users with LTE coverage in locations not covered by a fixed LTE network like FirstNet, or to enhance capacity in an incident area.
St. Louis: Lt. Brent Feig highlights features of city's new real-time crime center
Brent Feig, a lieutenant in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's intelligence division, outlines the current capabilities and future plans for his agency's new real-time crime center that was launched last week.
FirstNet board to consider draft RFP, ‘public-safety-entity’ notice during special meeting on Friday
FirstNet board members will conduct a special teleconference meeting on Friday, when they are expected to consider approving the FirstNet’s much-anticipated draft request for proposal (RFP), according to a FirstNet official. In addition, the board will consider issuing a follow-up public notice to get more input about who should qualify as a “public-safety entity” that can get priority access to FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network.
Pryme Radio Products features Bluetooth accessories in latest additions to product portfolio
Pryme Radio Products recently showcased four accessories that leverage Bluetooth technology as the California-based manufacturer continues to expand its product portfolio supporting both two-way-radio and cellular users.

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