The Urgent Communications Podcast


Listen to Urgent Communications' editors discuss news and trends in mobile communications technology, engineering, operations and governance with industry leaders and experts. The interviews are targeted to educate and entertain dealers, private radio and wireless systems operators and large volume commercial, industrial and public safety communications end-users on topics of current interest and professional development.

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Jul 29, 2015

Charlottesville, Va.: Charles Werner details IP-based voice, data initiatives for local fire department

Charles Werner, fire chief for the city of Charlottesville, Va., discusses how his department is using the SyTech RIOS gateway solution to effectively extend the coverage of its LMR radio network to cellular networks, as well as leveraging Apple iPADs that let fire personnel access key data to enhance their response efforts.
Jul 27, 2015

FirstNet: Jeff Bratcher talks about new technical job opportunities in Boulder office

Jeff Bratcher, deputy chief technology officer (CTO) for FirstNet, outlines the job opportunities that will become available in the organization's CTO officer, which is based in Boulder, Colo. Two positions were posted last week on
Jul 22, 2015

NATE: Todd Schlekeway details organization's highlights, including software app, Tower Family Foundation

Todd Schlekeway, executive director of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), outlines NATE highlights this year, including record membership, its STAR Initiative software app, and the organization's role in the evolution of the Tower Family Foundation, which provides short-term financial aid to the families of tower workers who die or are injured on the job.
Jul 20, 2015

PSCR: Dereck Orr highlights job opportunities for PSCR, new Communication Technology Laboratories (CTL)

Dereck Orr, division chief for the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program, details plans for his organization to hire about 15 people during the next year to conduct research work in new focus areas—for instance, analytics and location-based services—as well as LMR and LTE communications. PSCR is located in Boulder, Colo., as is the new Communication Technology Laboratory (CTL) and the FirstNet technical team.
Jul 16, 2015

VIEVU: CEO Steve Ward describes video-storage solution that leverages Microsoft's secure cloud

Steve Ward, CEO of VIEVU—the police body-camera maker that recently was purchased by Safariland—describes the company's cloud-storage offering that leverages the Microsoft Azure platform in this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson.
Jul 15, 2015

Rave Mobile Safety: Todd Piett demonstrates capabilities of company's Smart911 solution

Todd Piett, Rave Mobile Safety's chief product officer, describes the features within the Smart911 platform during this demonstration for IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson on the exhibit-hall floor of the NENA 2015 Conference & Expo in Denver.
Jul 15, 2015

Mindshare by CSS: Doug Ehlers highlights features of company's flexible dispatch system

Doug Ehlers, president of Mindshare by CSS, discusses the history and capabilities of the dispatch-communications company—the provider of a flexible platform that is capable of interfacing with any kind of LMR radio system—as well as the offerings of its sister company, Time Machines by CSS.
Jul 10, 2015

PSCR: Dereck Orr discusses organization's new initiatives in wake of $300 million of new funding

Dereck Orr, division chief for the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program, talks about his organization's new initiatives—two of which involve mission-critical voice over LTE and LMR-LTE interoperability—that are being funded by $300 million in proceeds from the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction.
Jul 10, 2015

TCS: Dan Highsmith highlights features of company's connected mobility solution

Dan Highsmith, senior sales engineer for TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), explains how the company leverages vehicle-router and ad-hoc networking solutions to deliver a connected mobility solution in the field.
Jul 09, 2015

VIEVU: CEO Steve Ward optimistic about company's future after being bought by Safariland

Steve Ward, CEO and founder of VIEVU, discusses how he believes the company's recent purchase by law-enforcement gear maker Safariland will help fuel new growth for the Seattle-based body-camera firm during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson.

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