Broadcast Industry Veteran John McCoskey Appointed Chief Operating Officer at Datacasting Solutions Provider SpectraRep
McCoskey’s experience in broadcast and public television will support the company’s significant expansion in delivering datacasting solutions for public safety.
Chantilly, VA, January 29, 2019 – John McCoskey, a respected broadcast technology industry veteran, has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer at SpectraRep, a datacasting solutions provider for homeland security and public safety, announced Mark O’Brien, president.
McCoskey has more than thirty years of industry experience and possesses a significant depth of knowledge and experience in the broadcasting community. He served as executive vice president and chief technology officer with the Motion Picture Association of America, leading global technology strategy and policy, and recently was the founder and industry executive for the technology, media and entertainment practice at Eagle Hill Consulting. McCoskey was also the first chief technology officer at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and has held senior positions at Comcast and Discovery Communications.
“John will be responsible for guidance, alignment and prioritization of SpectraRep strategy at a time when we are seeing incredible adoption of datacasting to improve public safety information sharing and as SpectraRep expands into public alerting” said O’Brien. “His expertise in broadcast technology, coupled with his knowledge of the public television landscape will reinforce our course as law enforcement and first responders recognize the benefits of ATSC digital television transmission.”
McCoskey holds MS Technology and MS Computer Science degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a BSEE from Bucknell University. He is an inventor with 26 issued and 27 pending U.S. Patents. His team at PBS team received a Technology & Engineering Emmy® award for pioneering work on digital television workflows. McCoskey is also a SMPTE Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, and prior 2-term SMPTE Governor.
SpectraRep pioneered the use of datacasting for public safety and first-responder support applications. With almost two decades of service, SpectraRep is growing and preparing for the ATSC 3.0 future. Datacasting leverages broadcast television’s native one-to-many broadcast model to deliver content to an unlimited number of recipients. It is secure and not visible by the public. It supports targeting to specific individuals or groups. It can enhance other networks by improving rural coverage and relieving congestion in urban areas.
“I am very pleased to be joining SpectraRep at this particular time because there’s such a tremendous opportunity to extend the community service mission of public television stations with datacasting,” said John McCoskey, COO of SpectraRep. “Using my background, experience, and relationships in this domain, I will focus on implementing SpectraRep’s vision to pursue new and existing opportunities that help solve problems on the local level.”
SpectraRep’s datacasting technology is being used by the Houston police and fire departments to securely deliver real-time video and other data over KUHT’s broadcast television signal. Users share data both within their own agency and across agencies for improved interoperability. In 2018, Tennessee’s Public Television Stations received a $2 million grant to fund a pilot project using SpectraRep technology to deliver private, secure communication between responder agencies and their management teams in case of an emergency or natural disaster.
Details on SpectraRep and its datacasting solutions are available at www.spectrarep.com or by calling the company at (703) 227-9690.
SpectraRep® is the leading provider of datacasting solutions, applications and systems for homeland security, public safety, law enforcement, education and mass media sectors. SpectraRep works with public television stations throughout the US offering their datacasting solution to provide a robust wireless one-to-many data delivery network that compliments existing voice radios. For more information, visit www.spectrarep.com.
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