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.

TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) introduces Intrepid9-1-1 portfolio of next-gen core services
​DENVER—TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) announces its Intrepid9-1-1 offering, a suite of next-generation 911 core services that represents the merger of company’s Gemini and microDATA xSR portfolios while providing the flexibility of hosted and on-premise deployment options.
Motorola Solutions: Brian Long highlights virtualization benefits in latest release of PremierOne CAD system
Brian Long, senior solutions specialist at Motorola Solutions, outlines the benefits that virtualization brings to dispatch customers that migrate to the new PremierOne 4.0 platform, including scalability and accelerated disaster-recovery processes, during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the NENA 2015 Conference & Expo in Denver.
NICE Systems: Diamond Chaflawee demonstrates the capabilities of new Audio Analytics solution
Diamond Chaflawee, director of public-safety marketing and business development for NICE Systems, discusses the features of the speech-to-text-powered NICE Inform Audio Analytics offering during this conversation with IWCE Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at the NENA 2015 Conference & Expo in Denver.
TriTech: Erik Loberg explains how company's CLQ 911 wireless location offering works
Erik Loberg, director of product management for TriTech Software Systems, details how CLQ—the company's new 911 wireless location application—utilizes commercial-carrier network data to provide 911 personnel with a new method to determine an emergency caller's location and an alternative means of communicating with the caller. Loberg spoke with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson during the NENA 2015 Conference & Expo in Denver.
Rave Mobile Safety unveils 911 location-accuracy solution for wireless callers indoors, outdoors
DENVER—Rave Mobile Safety announces the “controlled release” of Smart911Location, a new feature of the company’s Smart911 platform that leverages information from Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other commercial infrastructure to provide enhanced location accuracy when 911 is contacted via a wireless device.
Airbus DS Communications announces integrated VESTA text-to-911 functionality, available in fall
​DENVER—Public-safety answering points (PSAPs) using the VESTA 911 platform from Airbus DS Communications soon will be able to receive SMS emergency text messages via a new offering that is integrated into the 911 system, according to Airbus DS Communications CEO Bob Freinberg.
Next-gen 911, FirstNet need to interoperate effectively and efficiently, NENA official says
FirstNet representatives have been receptive to the notion that the much-anticipate public-safety broadband network needs to operate cohesively with IP-based next-generation 911 systems, and 911 officials should work to ensure this vision becomes reality, according to a National Emergency Number Association (NENA) official.
pdvWireless launches its narrowband DispatchPlus solution in Houston
Houston enterprises seeking narrowband communications have a new option, as pdvWireless announces that its DispatchPlus offering is commercially available in the market and will be available in three other cities—Dallas, Atlanta and Philadelphia—by the end of the month.
IBM leverages Big Data analytics in new solutions for law enforcement, emergency management
IBM announces a series of Big Data solutions designed to help entities prepare for myriad potential threats, including pending storms and criminal activity.
Intrado: Scott Luallin, John Martyn highlight capabilities of Location Performance Management tool
Scott Luallin (left) and John Martyn, systems architects for Intrado, outline the capabilities of Intrado’s Location Performance Management (LPM) tool, which can be used to drive location accuracy and provide a methods to help users and network operators measure system performance levels at locations throughout the network territory.
NICE Systems announces new audio-analytics capabilities for public safety
​NICE Systems announces NICE Inform Audio Analytics, which lets public-safety entities quickly access key audio clips to identify relevant information that can bolster investigation efforts, compliance monitoring and quality-assurance (QA) processes.
House subcommittee applauds FirstNet’s progress toward nationwide public-safety network 4
Members of a House subcommittee and the state of Ohio CIO yesterday expressed support for FirstNet’s timely execution of its deployment roadmap during a hearing on the topic. In addition, one lawmaker called $5,000 public-safety radios "yesterday," and another asked whether FirstNet would benefit from being split from NTIA.
Responses to FirstNet public notice reveal little consensus on ‘public-safety entity’ definition 1
​FirstNet’s public-notice proceeding offering a revised definition of a “public-safety entity” that could qualify for prioritized access on the proposed nationwide public-safety broadband notice did not generate consensus among those responding in the proceeding. Instead, commenters offered varied opinions, with many expressing concern that the latest preliminary interpretation could create practical issues.
House subcommittee to conduct FirstNet hearing on Tuesday, June 16
House subcommittee members have scheduled a hearing tomorrow afternoon to examine the progress that FirstNet is making toward deploying a nationwide public-safety broadband network, according to an announcement made last week.
Rural carriers interested in partnering with FirstNet, but urban/suburban opportunities appear limited, CCA’s Berry says 1
FirstNet offers commercial-carrier partners a significant opportunity in rural America, but public safety’s needs in urban and suburban locations could be so great that there may not be much capacity left for commercial use on a secondary basis, according to a top official for the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA).

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