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CalAmp Awarded Contract to Supply Public Safety Mobile Data Network for Anchorage, AK


Aug 14, 2012 (Marketwire via COMTEX) --CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP), a global leader of integrated public and private wireless communications solutions for mission-critical applications, in partnership with ProComm Alaska, has been selected by the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska to deploy a mobile data network for the Anchorage Police Department. CalAmp's share of the project is a significant portion of the total awarded contract value of $3.2 million.

The project calls for the deployment of CalAmp's latest generation IP mobile data system, an advanced communications network that includes CalAmp base stations and dual-band mobile modems. The mobile units, to be installed in public safety vehicles, feature embedded GPS vital for dispatch and automatic vehicle location. The CalAmp IP communications network will enable new capabilities such as facial photographs and thumbprint image upload/download, speeding up information delivery and improving remote access to records and other data for personnel in the field. 

The robust, scalable Paragon/Gemini communications network solution is easily expanded to facilitate integration with other public safety agencies in the region and permit sharing of mobile data across jurisdictions. This interoperability will help to create a seamless network of public safety services throughout the greater Anchorage area. The project award includes a Network Management System, system engineering, implementation and project management services during all phases of the program, and technical support for two years following system deployment, which is scheduled for this year. 

"CalAmp's mobile data system update of our current system will give us more reliable mobile data connectivity and seamless roaming throughout nearly 2,000 square miles of the Municipality of Anchorage. It will help us to assure rapid delivery of public safety services to more than 260,000 area residents," stated Lt. Dave Parker, Anchorage Police Public Information Officer. "A robust, wide-area mobile data network, capable of interoperability with adjacent networks, is crucial to our ability to provide timely and effective police and public safety emergency services across this large region."

Mike Zachan, General Manager of CalAmp's Wireless Networks business, said, "We are gratified that Anchorage has selected CalAmp for this vital mobile communications network. Our Paragon/Gemini Agile Dual-Band radio system is a perfect fit for the city's requirements, and is both scalable and expandable to provide a foundation for future network enhancements including next generation LTE broadband systems."

"With more radio spectrum available for allocation to public safety, we anticipate that other forward-looking governmental agencies and jurisdictions will seek to modernize their mission-critical communications infrastructure as they prepare for the rollout of the nationwide D Block public safety network," Zachan noted.

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