TCS begins offering TotalCom for range of communications

Wireless and satellite services offered, including space routing

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

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