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.


ITC judge releases full determination, says Hytera employees 'unquestionably copied' Motorola tech
Hytera Communications “unquestionably copied” Motorola Solutions technologies and infringed on four Motorola Solutions patents, three of which should be the subject of U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) remedies, according to an ITC administrative law judge’s detailed determination.
California county calls data throttling of firefighters ‘ridiculous,’ Verizon apologizes for 'process failure'
Verizon officials apologize for a “process failure” that caused a Santa Clara County fire department unit’s broadband data speeds to be throttled significantly multiple times this summer while the unit tried to coordinate resources from throughout the state to fight the worst wildfire in California history—an action characterized as "ridiculous" by a county official.
Verizon to lift wireless data caps on public safety next week, with immediate help for Hawaii, West Coast
Verizon announces that its public-safety customers nationwide will be eligible for unlimited data plans with no data caps—and no price increase to existing subscription packages—starting next week, with the new plans being implemented immediately in Hawaii and on the West Coast to address expected near-term emergency situations.
Pyramid: Michael Foley explains how vehicular-repeater enhances coverage for EF Johnson P25 portables
Michael Foley, Pyramid Communications’ Western regional sales manager, outlines the capabilities of the EF Johnson-Pyramid Enhanced Vehicular Repeater Solution that works exclusively with EF Johnson Viking P25 subscribers to increase portable-radio coverage while supporting trunking features.
Hytera: Steve Cragg highlights key features of video speaker microphone
Steve Cragg, vice president of Hytera Americas, demonstrates features of the company’s new digital video speaker microphone that can be used as both a speaker microphone and a body camera that is supported by Hytera’s digital-evidence-management solution.
Initial MCPTT tests deliver ‘significantly better’ audio quality than LMR, according to Spirent
Mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) services will not be introduced commercially until late this year, but early tests of multiple vendors’ offerings exhibited “significantly better” audio-quality scores than land-mobile-radio (LMR) systems, according an official from Spirent Communications, which conducted the tests.
FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson, Vice Chair Jeff Johnson resign from authority’s board 1
FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson and Vice Chairman Jeff Johnson retired from the FirstNet board effective today, although both Swenson and Johnson—part of the original FirstNet board named in 2012—were eligible to serve another year on the FirstNet Authority board.
Harris: Don Griffis highlights features of SCBA integration with XL-200 P25/LTE device
Don Griffis, sales engineering manager for Harris, explains how the company has integrated its XL-200 P25/LTE handset with the Scott self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) mask to provide firefighters with significantly better audio quality and volume control.
Motorola Solutions: Bryon Wheaton demonstrates video capabilities from new Avigilon unit
Bryon Wheaton, sales engineering manager at Motorola Solutions, displays hardware and software offerings from Avigilon—the video-surveillance unit Motorola Solutions purchased earlier this year—including a demonstration of video-analytics capabilities.
Hytera dealers say recommended sanctions in Motorola ITC case would harm competition, jeopardize their businesses
Seven U.S.-based Hytera Communications dealers have filed briefs with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), asking the full commission not to limit the sale and service of certain Hytera product, noting that such sanctions would jeopardize their businesses and/or “severely limit our ability to serve the public.”
Verizon calls for greater interoperability with FirstNet, says public-sector business still growing 3
Verizon continues to seek AT&T and FirstNet agreement on higher levels of interoperability to support first-responder communications, although no such discussion have occurred to date, according to Verizon officials.
Hytera: Steve Cragg outlines benefits of new full-duplex DMR communications
Steve Cragg, vice president of Hytera America, describes the functionality associated with the company’s full-duplex communications over its DMR portfolio, including the capability of using mobile and portable radios as a single-frequency repeater.
Hytera: Steve Cragg describes use cases for new E-pack portable DMR repeater
Steve Cragg, vice president of Hytera America, showcases the company’s new E-pack, a portable DMR repeater that can be carried and deployed quickly in locations where fixed terrestrial coverage is unavailable. In addition, the repeaters include 10 hours of battery power and can talk to each other, enabling the establishment of an ad-hoc network when deployed.
Anritsu: Jeremy Davis highlights techniques for measuring RF coverage inside buildings
Jeremy Davis, a field application engineer for Anritsu, explains how the company has worked with TRX Systems to develop an RF-coverage mapping solution for inspectors and facility owners that works inside buildings, where GPS often is ineffective.
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