December 28, 2009
TeleCommunication Systems Receives Funding from Marine Corps for WPPL Systems
By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor
TeleCommunication Systems, a provider of mission-critical wireless communications, has announced that it has been awarded an additional $8 million in funding from the U.S. Marine Corps for the TCS Wireless Point-to-Point Link systems.
This new contract calls on TCS to provide field support representatives and extended maintenance warranty support. Also, the company said it will supply spare parts for the RF and network packages of the WPPL systems, including sector and directional antennas, modems, routers, router cards and router modules.
The WPPL systems provide deployed Marines with point-to-point and point-to-multipoint transmission of voice, video and data communications over terrestrial microwave radio links.
Company officials said that the TCS WPPL provides marines with critical last-mile communications. With the help of WPPL, marines can also extend their local area network to forward-deployed locations by extending services over terrestrial microwave radio links.
Additionally, it allows for non-secure Internet protocol router, secret Internet protocol router, VoIP, video and defense switched network transmission of vital information.
“Our WPPL system has proven to be a workhorse in-theatre,” said Michael Bristol, senior vice president of government solutions at TCS, adding that the company continues to field these systems on a regular basis and support the forward-deployed warfighter with critical last-mile communications capability.
The order was awarded by the Army Project Manager for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (PM WIN-T) Commercial Satellite Terminal Program (CSTP). Company officials said that the order was awarded via the U.S. Army's $5 billion world-wide satellite systems (WWSS) contract vehicle.
Earlier this month, TeleCommunication Systems (News - Alert) announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued to the company patent number 7,624,185 titled “System for Automated Device-To-Device Transfer System.”
Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri