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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.

To suggest a podcast topic or interview subject, e-mail Editor Donny Jackson with a summary of your idea and include your contact information.

Jan 27, 2016
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Impact Power Technologies: Ken Murphy discusses extended battery life, recent wins in California

Ken Murphy, chief operating officer (COO) for Impact Power Technologies, highlights the benefits of his company’s lithium-polymer replacement batteries, as well as a recent contract win with the police department in Murrieta, Calif., during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson.
Jan 20, 2016
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NATE: Todd Schlekeway talks about February conference, potential drone impact on industry

Todd Schlekeway, executive director of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), previews his organization’s annual conference—being conducted Feb. 22-25 in New Orleans—and discusses other hot industry topics, including tower safety and the potential use of drones to conduct inspections.
Dec 23, 2015
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Top 10 most-read stories of 2015

Dec 16, 2015
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Hughes: Tony Bardo discusses SANDy Act, role of satellite in making communications resilient

Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes Network Systems, talks about network-resiliency aspects of new federal legislation proposed by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), as well as the role that satellite can play in important initiatives such as next-generation 911 and FirstNet.
Dec 01, 2015
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Intrado: Christian Militeau discusses partnership with Gemalto on public-safety sensor software

Intrado's Christian Militeau discusses the partnership between his company and Gemalto to develop a public-safety sensor application platform.
Nov 23, 2015
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Scenes from APCO Emerging Technology Forum, Nov. 17-18

A look at the speakers and topics discussed during last week's APCO Emerging Technology Forum held Nov. 17-18 at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta.
Nov 23, 2015
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APCO: Chief Counsel Jeff Cohen updates dispatchable-location, National Emergency Address Database (NEAD) efforts for 911

Jeff Cohen, chief counsel for the Association of Public-Safety Officials (APCO), speaks about the issue of 911 call location accuracy and APCO's role in improving the issue at APCO's Emerging Technology Forum in Atlanta.
Nov 19, 2015
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Vencore: Chris Vasko outlines Vencore's application ecosystem for FirstNet and First Responder Application Challenge

Vencore has developed an application ecosystem using its Intelligent Data Exploitation and Analytics System (IDEAS), which will fulfill FirstNet's vision of having an ecosystem for safe, innovative applications for first responders.
Nov 17, 2015
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Shulman Rogers: Alan Tilles outlines post-rebanding 800 MHz interference issues, public-safety options

Alan Tilles, a partner in the law firm of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, discusses new interference issues that 800 MHz public-safety LMR systems are receiving from cellular carriers even after rebanding is completed in a geographic area. In many cases, rules associated with the FCC's original rebanding order can be used to help rectify the problems, Tilles says in this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson.
Nov 13, 2015
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Safer Buildings Coalition: Alan Perdue details efforts to include indoor wireless coverage in building codes

Alan Perdue, executive director for the Safer Buildings Coalition, outlines efforts his organization is taking within the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association to have building codes require indoor wireless coverage for both first responders and the general public that needs to call 911 to get emergency help.

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