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.


MCOP: Fidel Liberal discusses MCPTT open platform, ETSI plugfest in June
Fidel Liberal, coordinator of the mission-critical open platform (MCOP) initiative funded by the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) division of NIST, talks about the value that MCOP can bring to the development of next-generation communications tools for first responders.
Harlin McEwen reflects on FirstNet progress, introduction of new Band 14 LTE devices
Longtime public-safety-communications advocate Harlin McEwen discusses FirstNet development, including the recent introduction of new LTE devices that support operation on the 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum that is licensed to FirstNet.
Zetron: Mark Cranmore demonstrates MAX Fire Station Alerting
Mark Cranmore, senior product manager for Zetron, demonstrates the use of MAX Fire Station Alerting, which leverages Zetron's MAX Dispatch platform to deliver alarm notifications, voice announcements and key sensor-based instructions—everything from automatically opening the station door to turning off the stove—at a click of a button to initiate a quick, efficient response.
FirstNet issues task order to AT&T for deployment of nationwide public-safety broadband network
FirstNet has issued the official task order to AT&T, giving the contractor the green light to build the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN), FirstNet CEO Mike Poth announced yesterday during his morning keynote address at IWCE 2018.
JVCKENWOOD USA: Mark Jasin outlines company's push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) initiatives
Mark Jasin, executive vice president and general manager at JVCKENWOOD USA, talks about the company's push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) efforts and highlights some PoC use cases during this conversation with IWCE's Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at IWCE 2018 in Orlando.
Motorola Solutions: Les Miller showcases features of the LEX L11, the company's new mission-critical LTE smartphone
Les Miller, Motorola Solutions' North America commercial markets and launch marketing manager, highlights some of the key features of the LEX L11, a new mission-critical LTE smartphone that also enables P25 communications when paired with an APX radio.
Pepro: Vic Garmong showcases new Nano Radio Site
Pepro CEO Vic Garmong showcases the company's new Nano Radio Site, a 1,200-pound transportable solution that can be utilized as a temporary or permanent hardened site to support networks in challenging coverage environments. Featuring the new Nano Enclosure that uses Pepro's patented Faraday Cage technology, the site is designed to withstand a lightning strike and includes two solar panels to extend power supply to the site.
Icom America: Mark Behrends highlights features of new IP501H device, LTE radio service
Mark Behrends, senior manager at Icom America, explains the capabilities of the IP501H, the company's new LTE radio lets Icom America provide a unique mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) offering that leverages the AT&T wireless network for access.
MCT: Jackson Szabo talks about public-safety LTE initiatives in Europe, launch of London show in June
Jackson Szabo, portfolio manager for Mission Critical Technologies (MCT), discusses the Emergency Services Network (ESN) in the United Kingdom (UK) and other public-safety broadband efforts in Europe, as well as the launch of the Mission Critical Technologies event in June. Mission Critical Technologies (a sister brand to IWCE and IWCE's Urgent Communications) will be held June 13-14 in London as part of London Technology Week.
Motorola Solutions unveils new mission-critical LTE smartphone
Motorola Solutions launches the LEX L11, the company’s new rugged LTE smartphone that is designed for public-safety use on FirstNet or other global networks while enabling integrated communications with a P25 system.
Virtualnetcom: Mohan Tammisetti and Gary Monetti outline features of RAID standalone LTE network in hardened 12.5-pound backpack
Virtualnetcom CEO Mohan Tammisetti and Gary Monetti describe the capabilities of the Rapid Autonomous Instant Deployable (RAID), a hardened communications backpack that transmits signals at 4 watts of power and includes an LTE eNodeB, an LTE evolved packet core (EPC) and IMS support for multimedia applications that enables a first responder to communicate, even when there is no connection to a terrestrial LTE network.
JPS Interoperability Solutions: Roman Kaluta highlights key products in company's IWCE booth
Roman Kaluta, director of interoperability solutions for JPS Interoperability Solutions, highlights some of the products and partnerships that the company will showcase this week at IWCE 2018 in Booth 2832.
AT&T officials shed light on ‘extended primary’ category of FirstNet users, prioritization details
Personnel within the utility, transportation and healthcare sectors are among those qualified to subscribe to FirstNet and have priority access across the AT&T system, but many questions remain about the “extended primary” category of users and some details regarding the prioritization-selection process, according to AT&T officials.
GWTCA: Andy Maxymillian and Alan Tilles outline organization's key initiatives, including smart-cities policy efforts
Government Wireless Technology and Communications Association (GWTCA) President Andy Maxymillian, left, and Alan Tilles outline some of the organization's key policy objectives, including effort designed to help local governments implement rules that that enable the deployment of ultra-dense networks needed to support 5G communications while protecting the interests of the government and its citizens.
Parallel Wireless: Steve Kropper explains potential use cases for CWS-210 mobile LTE eNodeB
Parallel Wireless Vice President Steve Kropper describes some fo the public-safety use cases that could leverage the CWS-210, which is an in-vehicle LTE eNodeB that weighs about 4 pounds. With the CWS-210, public-safety field personnel can have a virtual "bubble" of broadband connectivity around a vehicle.