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November 15, 2011

911 Services: Three Emergency Communications Experts from TCS Appointed to FCC Working Groups

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

TeleCommunication Systems (News - Alert), (TCS), a provider of secure mobile communications technologies, announced that three of its emergency communications experts have been appointed to the Working Groups of Federal Communications Commission's (FCC (News - Alert)) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC).

Mark Titus, vice president of product management, has been appointed to the CSRIC Next Generation Alerting Working Group. The Next Generation Alerting Working Group is responsible for exploring all aspects of next generation alerting. It also develops recommendations to the CSRIC regarding actions the FCC should take to promote deployment of next generation alerting systems

Firdaus Aryana, senior product manager, was appointed to the CSRIC Technical Options for E9-1-1 Location Accuracy Working Group. The role of this Working Group is to examine the current performance of location technologies, identify emerging location technologies and make recommendations concerning next generation services and applications.

Judy Ocondi, ENP, product manager, has been appointed to the CSRIC Transition to Next Generation 911 (NG911) Working Group, which takes lead in investigating issues such as changes or additions in 9-1-1 related VoIP standards and best practices. This Working Group also explores how NG911 architectures and technologies can improve 911 services access for people with disabilities and non-English speaking communities.

At TCS, Titus is responsible for the planning and operations of TCS' wireless messaging products, including Mobile Device Security, Short Message Service Center (SMSC) and Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Titus holds 15 patents across wireless messaging and location-based services.

Aryana is responsible for the planning and creation of wireless and VoIP products for the company's 911 and Safety and Security group. He has over 20 years of experience in developing, deploying and defining strategies for a vast array of communication products, including computer telephony integration (CTI (News - Alert))-enabled software and hardware solutions.

Ocondi is a National Emergency Number Association (NENA)-certified Emergency Number Professional (ENP). At TCS, she is responsible for the product development of standards-compliant NG9-1-1 solutions and generating customer-focused proposals for the public safety sector.

“TCS congratulates Mark, Firdaus and Judy on their appointment to these CSRIC Working Groups, as they help shape the future of emergency communications," said Dick Young, executive vice president and chief operating officer for TCS, in a statement. "With these appointments, the FCC can expect to receive wise, relevant and up-to-date information and counsel as they chart a course to ensure secure, reliable and interoperable communications for the future."

Recently TeleCommunication Systems announced partnership with Maryland Information and Network Dynamics (MIND) Lab at the University of Maryland, to build new public safety applications. In their joint effort, both companies will harness technology innovation and academic expertise to explore Next Generation 911 National Emergency Number Association (NENA) i3-compliant technologies.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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