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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Feb 16, 2018

DHS S&T: Norman Speicher outlines highlights of new Integration Handbook, seeks input from public safety, industry

Norman Speicher, a program manager with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, talks about the newly released Integration Handbook from the directorate’s Next Generation First Responder Program (NGFR). The Integration Handbook proposes a standardized platform that would establish a plug-and-play environment for first-responder broadband devices and applications.
Feb 15, 2018

The Public Safety Network: TJ Kennedy previews IWCE 2018 panel about Internet of Life-Saving Things (IoLST)

TJ Kennedy, founder of The Public Safety Network and former FirstNet president, talks about his new company and the potential impact of the Internet of Life-Saving Things (IoLST), which will the subject of a session at IWCE 2018, which will be conducted March 5-9 in Orlando. For more information about IWCE 2018, visit
Feb 07, 2018

NATE: Todd Schlekeway previews upcoming show, organization initiatives and 2018 outlook

Todd Schlekeway, executive director for the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), outlines some of the highlights of his organization's annual show, which will begin on Feb. 19 in Nashville this year. Schlekeway also discusses changing trends in the wireless industry and expresses optimism about the outlook for wireless in 2018.
Feb 05, 2018

EWA: Mark Crosby discusses upcoming IWCE 2018 panels, EWA initiatives

Enterprise Wireless Alliance President and CEO Mark Crosby previews two IWCE 2018 sessions in which he will participate as a panelist—one examining the future of spectrum allocation and another exploring T-Band challenges for public-safety and business/industrial systems. Crosby also highlights EWA’s Cevo Go mobile frequency-coordination service and plans to expand educational offerings in cooperation.
Dec 14, 2017

Sonim Technologies: CEO Bob Plaschke describes key takeaways from first-responder comms event

Sonim Technologies CEO Bob Plaschke discusses some of the public-safety-communications innovations and collaboration showcased during the “The Future of First-Responder Technologies” event conducted Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C.
Dec 08, 2017

Tualatin Valley: Chief Mike Duyck discusses technology's impact on fire service

Chief Mike Duyck of Tualatin Valley (Ore.) Fire & Rescue, explains how technological improvements provide firefighters with data-driven tools that make them more effective, particularly by providing unprecedented situational awareness before and during an incident.
Dec 04, 2017

CritComm Insights: Ken Rehbehn discusses in-building coverage for public-safety communications

Ken Rehbehn, founder and principal analyst for CritComm Insights, highlights some of the technical, financial and policy challenges associated with efforts to provide in-building coverage to first responders utilizing private LMR systems and public-safety LTE networks like FirstNet.
Nov 13, 2017

Verizon: David Wiederecht discusses public safety's need for reliable network, interoperable competition

David Wiederecht, director of Verizon’s public-safety solutions group, talks about the carrier’s network performance during recent disasters and potential first-responders benefits from competition among interoperable broadband offerings.
Nov 13, 2017

AT&T: Doug Clark differentiates FirstNet from commercial broadband offerings

Doug Clark, AT&T’s assistant vice president for FirstNet outreach and consultation, explains how public-safety agencies subscribing to FirstNet—being built nationwide by AT&T—will receive services that differ from traditional commercial broadband offerings.
Sep 06, 2017

Motorola Solutions: Kirk Miller and Wendell Robinson demonstrate potential hack of LMR system

Kirk Miller and Wendell Robinson of Motorola Solutions demonstrate how even an unsophisticated hacker can compromise an unprotected LMR network—particularly one that is interconnected with the other systems or the Internet—in an effort to raise awareness about the issue and the importance of securing systems.

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