September 8, 2008
Mobile Satellite Ventures Extends Regional Public Safety Communications Networks Throughout the American Southwest
Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV) has added the sixth regional Satellite Mutual Aid Radio Talkgroup to its expanding family of nationwide and regionally-focused talkgroups enabling interoperable communications and designed specifically for public safety and public service organizations.
Today, California's Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) established the Southwest Satellite Mutual Aid Radio Talkgroup (SW-SMART) operating on the MSV satellite communications network.
"The creation of the SW-SMART is the latest step in MSV's vision to establish as many as nine regionally focused and nationally interoperable talkgroups for use by public safety providers for emergency operations as well as for day-to-day operations," said Susan Miller, senior vice president for Satellite Services for MSV. "SW-SMART is the sixth, multi-state, regional talkgroup designed to facilitate rapid, reliable and interoperable communications over satellite."
Working with national, state and local public safety agencies, MSV has already helped establish SMART talkgroups serving the Nation's Capital and 38 states located throughout the Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Southwest regions of the United States.
According to the operating procedures developed by the CCCFPD and MSV, the CCCFPD will manage, provide 24x7 monitoring, and approve participation in SW-SMART by federal, state, tribal, and local public safety agencies - and appropriate private sector users with a public safety mission - located throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
"The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is thrilled to have this highly reliable and easy-to-use communications tool. Our new southwestern regional talkgroup enables critical and interoperable communications at all levels of public safety agencies and facilities in an eight state region," said Kody Kerwin, telecommunications specialist for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. "The new SW-SMART is a major step forward in improving public safety interoperability throughout our region of the country."
All public safety organizations operating throughout the southwestern United States with active accounts on the MSV network are eligible and encouraged to join SW-SMART at no charge by way of application to California's Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. A copy of the Standard Operating Procedures and application to join SW-SMART are available from: [email protected] or by calling 925-941-3553 or 925-941-3551.
In addition to the growing family of regional SMART talkgroups, MSV has helped establish two nationwide public safety and national security/emergency preparedness talkgroups managed by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security's National Communications System (NCS).
MSV is Redefining Wireless Communications(TM) through its development of an integrated satellite-terrestrial communications network, based on MSV's patented ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) technology. The company expects its next-generation network will provide seamless, transparent and ubiquitous wireless coverage of the United States and Canada to conventional handsets. MSV plans to launch two of the most powerful commercial satellites ever built that will enable this network to support communications in a variety of market segments including public safety, homeland security, aviation, transportation and entertainment, by providing a platform for interoperable, user-friendly and feature-rich voice and high-speed data services.
Mobile Satellite Ventures is a joint venture between Mobile Satellite Ventures LP and Mobile Satellite Ventures (Canada) Inc. MSVLP is owned and controlled by SkyTerra Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:SKYT).
About Mobile Satellite Ventures (www.msvlp.com)
MSV delivers mobile wireless voice and data services primarily for public safety, security, fleet management and asset tracking in the U.S. and Canada. The company's next-generation integrated satellite-terrestrial communications network is expected to provide seamless, transparent and ubiquitous wireless coverage of the United States and Canada to conventional handsets. When completed, the network will support communications in a variety of market segments including public safety, homeland security, aviation and transportation, by providing a platform for interoperable, user-friendly and feature-rich voice and high-speed data services. Mobile Satellite Ventures is a joint venture between Mobile Satellite Ventures LP and Mobile Satellite Ventures (Canada) Inc. MSVLP is owned and controlled by SkyTerra Communications, Inc.
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