TCS begins offering TotalCom for range of communications
Wireless and satellite services offered, including space routing
Computerworld - TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) introduced a portfolio of managed mobile communications services on Monday called TotalCom for government agencies and businesses.
TCS has a long history of providing E-911 services and supports many U.S. Department of Defense wireless and satellite communications, as well as 30% of the eight billion text messages sent in the U.S. every day, company officials said.
The components of the new TotalCom portfolio provide secure voice, video and data communications between fixed sites and remote operations over any type of network, whether wired or wireless, marine, airborne or in space, said Michael Bristol, general manager for the government solutions group of TCS.
"We've had all the elements of TotalCom before, but never sold it as a package," Bristol said. Some of the traffic TCS manages goes over its own wireless spectrum or leased fiber, but "all of it goes into our own infrastructure."
TCS has data centers in Seattle and Phoenix backed by 99.999% reliability and offers a range of mobile cloud computing services for navigation and asset tracking.
Bristol didn't detail pricing, which will depend on a customer's needs. In recent months, TCS has provided communications support for the Defense Department and U.S. State Department, including nation-building efforts in Iraq and aerial communications for fighting narcotics trafficking in South America, Bristol said.
He said TCS envisions private sector services using TotalCom for commercial maritime interests and oil and gas exploration.
TCS can take advantage of meshed global satellite connections, which includes using Cisco's Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) technology, an Internet Protocol router on the Intelsat IS-14 satellite. TCS first announced its agreement with Cisco in February, with commercial availability in May. IRIS helps reduce satellite communications latency and can lower costs, Bristol said.
TCS also announced Impact Tactical, an IP terminal that can be adapted for vehicles or use in tents, and SwiftCell Lite, a complete cellular network housed in a small ruggedized case. Within 10 minutes of powering up SwiftCell Lite, up to seven users can communicate privately over their own cellular network, making calls or sending text messages and other data. Pricing and many other details were not announced.
Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
Read more about Wireless Networking in Computerworld's Wireless Networking Topic Center.
- 802.11ac Non-Disruptive Migration Strategies Emerging 802.11ac standard promises a significant boost in performance to support ubiquitous mobility.
- City Solved Network Mystery - Saves $30K The City of Jacksonville put their hunch to work and not only solved a mystery, but found a new and innovative use for...
- Making it work: Using Cisco and Microsoft Lync to Drive Collaboration Microsoft Lync is posting impressive adoption rates. As a Cisco Premier Partner and a company that has deployed Microsoft Lync to its own...
- Using Video to Gain a Competitive Advantage: A Business Strategy for Mid-Market Companies The insights provided in this white paper are based on industry analysts and 30+ years of experience from the Video Collaboration Group at...
- What should I look for in a Next Generation Firewall? SANS Provides Guidance With so many vendors claiming to have a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW), it can be difficult to tell what makes each one different....
- Why Are Customers Really Deploying an NGFW? It seems every IT Security expert is talking about the NGFW, but what are people really doing? This webcast covers 5 real-world customer... All Wireless Networking White Papers | Webcasts
Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!