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July 18, 2012

U.S. Army Funds TeleCommunication Systems $11.M for providing Technical Assistance to Marine Corps

By Narayan Bhat, TMCnet Contributor

Mobile technology company TeleCommunication Systems has been awarded $11.3 million in additional funding to help the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) augment its communications infrastructure.

The money is provided from the Army's $5 billion World-Wide Satellite Systems (WWSS) fund.

As part of the contract, TeleCommunication Systems (News - Alert) (TCS) will extend the service of its data centers and other facilities to provide technical assistance for the Army to deploy communications networks in remote areas.

Annapolis, MD-based TCS will combine its satellite, wireless and advanced network engineering services to let the Army install and maintain communications networks around the globe – even in war zones.

"The USMC needs flexible communications solutions in order to achieve their mission objectives, and the right technical support is a key element of those solutions," said Michael Bristol, senior vice president and general manager of government solutions at TCS. "We are honored to provide these additional positions, covering various technical skill sets that will deliver the expertise the USMC deserves."

TCS has been offering such services to the government for the past two decades and this is just the latest in a long list of contracts it won from the U.S. Army.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) develops and applies secure mobile communication technology. For commercial customers, its mobile cloud computing services provide wireless applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social applications and telematics, while TCS infrastructure forms the foundation for E9-1-1 call routing and text messaging.

About a week ago, TCS acquired a privately-held microDATA GIS Inc. for about $37 million.

microDATA has a GIS product and tools suite dedicated to Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). The company also provides equipments to PSAP, including computer-aided dispatch integration, dashboards and call management products.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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