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.

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

Jul 05, 2016

iCERT: Ellen O'Hara, Alice Johnson outline key findings of PSAP-consolidation report

Ellen O'Hara (left), chairman of the board for Zetron and a member of the iCERT board of directors, and Alice Johnson, Zetron's product manager for MAX call taking, discuss some of the the benefits and challenges that public-safety answering points (PSAPs) face as they pursue various consolidation and resource-sharing strategies.
Jun 28, 2016

Waukesha County: Gary Bell highlights steps to 911 text, NG911 challenges in Wisconsin

Gary Bell, director for the Waukesha County (Wisc.) Communications Center, outlines the steps his public-safety answering point (PSAP) have taken to implement text-to-911 service later this year. Bell also highlights the challenges that Wisconsin faces—most notably funding—to make next-generation 911 a reality throughout the state.
Jun 11, 2016

NICE: Patrick Botz outlines new functionality included in version 7.2 of Inform platform

Patrick Botz, director of engagement for NICE Public Safety, explains how the recently released 7.2 version of its Inform platform can improve PSAP efficiency via features like enhanced audio searching, integration with Priority Dispatch’s AQUA for evaluators, and certified support for next-generation 911 call handling and text-to-911 applications.
Jun 09, 2016

Sonim: CEO Bob Plaschke discusses company's partnership with Tait to extend LMR coverage with PTToC solution

Sonim Technologies CEO and President Bob Plaschke talks about his company's recently announced partnership with Tait Communications to provide a push-to-talk over cellular (PTToC) solution that leverages broadband connectivity to to augment land-mobile-radio (LMR) coverage.
May 02, 2016

PSCR: Dereck Orr highlights features of annual stakeholders meeting in June

Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Manager Dereck Orr outlines hot topics and new features that will be included in the organization’s annual stakeholder meeting, which will be conducted June 7-9 in San Diego.
Apr 27, 2016

Freewave: Glenn Longley discusses cybersecurity challenges associated with Internet of Things

Glenn Longley, Freewave Technologies' regional manager-energy market, explains how the projected explosion of Internet of Things (IoT) sensor deployments can create cybersecurity concerns for industrial enterprises such as utilities.
Apr 26, 2016

DURABOOK: Roger Cresswell highlights partnerships, outlines branding strategy

Roger Cresswell, channel sales director for GammaTech USA, discusses two new strategic partnerships and the company's branding strategy for its DURABOOK portfolio of hardened computing devices during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson.
Apr 20, 2016

RCA: John Facella outlines new website features, previews annual meeting in November

John Facella, a director for the Radio Club of America (RCA), describes some of the new features on the organization’s revamped website and provides a brief preview to the annual meeting in November, which will be conducted in New York City this year.
Apr 14, 2016

Vertex Standard: Ozzie Ansari, Mike Petersen discuss company's 60th anniversary, future

Ozzie Ansari (left), president of Vertex Standard dealer Surplus Two Way Radio, and Mike Petersen, director and general manager at Vertex Standard, talk about Vertex Standard's 60th anniversary and the radio manufacturer's outlook for the future.
Apr 06, 2016

Zello: Company demonstrates broadband push-to-talk functionality with LMR, multimedia capability

Zello brands itself as a walkie-talkie application that can turn any smart device into a push-to-talk device. The app also features picture messaging, message playback and radio-interfacing abilities.

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