Advanced Mobile Satellite Communications Network Being Rolled Out for Florida National Guard

KILLEEN, Texas , April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Proactive Communications, Inc. (PCI), a trusted all-conditions SATCOM provider worldwide, and Digital Consulting Services (DCS), a Federal Government services provider and systems integrator for IT...


KILLEEN, Texas , April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Proactive Communications, Inc. (PCI), a trusted all-conditions SATCOM provider worldwide, and Digital Consulting Services (DCS), a Federal Government services provider and systems integrator for IT solutions, today announced the completion schedule for the final phase of the Florida National Guard's (FLNG) superior mobile Emergency Response Network. The advanced system will be operational by July for the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. By adding four air-liftable vehicles to the system, the enhanced mobility of the Emergency Response Network gives the National Guard the ability to rapidly establish a wireless Incident Area Network capable of supporting first responder communications at both the state and local level upon arrival at an incident.

"This Regional Emergency Response Network equipment is an integral part of the FLNG's ability to provide communications capabilities to a disaster area. By placing this equipment within a prime mover vehicle, first responders across a range of local, state and federal agencies have critical communications capabilities when they need it most," stated Major Scott Van Zant, Sr. Information Management Branch Chief of the FLNG.

For the Emergency Response Network, DCS and PCI are providing advanced satellite network capabilities via access to a fully meshed satellite network via a satellite hub station that is located geographically in a safer region of the U.S. than the current National Guard architecture. The network -- which is not limited to use in Florida -- will offer voice, video and data for Emergency Response command and control operations, and will provide a path for next generation Comms-on-the-Move (COTM) capabilities for the Florida National Guard.

"Due to its geography and susceptibility to hurricanes, Florida is known for being a leader in disaster preparedness," said Marc LeGare , president and CEO of PCI. "This new mobile comms sets the benchmark for superior communications systems. It has been a great honor to provide needed engineering and bandwidth support for this important project."

DCS, the prime contractor responsible for contract management and administration, project/requirements management, quality control, test engineering, documentation and maintenance of this project was selected as the provider based on its past performance and superior solutions in the area of Emergency Response Network systems.

"DCS has been involved in this project since Phase 1, which began in 2005. The team involved has worked closely with the FLNG to push the limits of innovation and technology. This is truly a monumental success," stated Garry Noel , vice president of sales and services for DCS.

About Proactive Communications, Inc. (PCI)

Proactive Communications, Inc. (PCI) is an internationally trusted provider of reliable, secure enterprise-class satellite communications capabilities to government agencies, military and corporate entities. A certified veteran-owned business, PCI delivers secure voice, video and data via satellite communications networks that are rugged and fully scalable, along with increased productivity and enhanced IT security through its highly specialized LAN/WAN design, engineering, installation and support. For more information about PCI's military, first responder and enterprise solutions, visit http://www.proactivecommo.com.

About Digital Consulting Services (DCS)

Digital Consulting Services (DCS) is a Federal Government services provider, a Systems Integrator for Information Technology (IT) solutions, a broad spectrum engineering services provider and an experienced and successful prime contractor. We are a certified 8(a) company. Our mission is to bring value to our clients by providing world class services and recommending and implementing the best solutions for their IT and engineering requirements. For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.webdcs.com.

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