Annapolis, US: TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a mobile communication technology provider, announced that it has acquired privately-held microDATA GIS, a provider of next generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) software and solutions. TCS has acquired microDATA GIS for approximately USD 37 million.
Bruce Heinrich, founder of microDATA, said, “Combining our expertise and technology with TCS’ existing 9-1-1 technology and deeper bench of support will provide a winning combination that the industry has yet to experience. We are excited to join forces with TCS, because it is clear that they share our commitment to NENA i3 and our compliant solution roadmap, and we feel we can increase the pace of industry adoption with this visionary partner. Exciting times are ahead!”
microDATA executive Christine Heinrich will lead the newly constituted and TCS wholly-owned subsidiary as vice president of NG9-1-1. microDATA executive Jason Heinrich will become vice president of NG9-1-1 product development.
“The E9-1-1 business is a foundation stone of our Commercial segment, providing us with stable, growing and recurring revenue and cash flow,” said Maurice B. Tose, TCS chairman and CEO. “We know that this business, and particularly Next Generation 9-1-1, has high barriers to entry, because state-level homeland security departments and public safety jurisdictions have rigorous selection criteria and processes for 9-1-1 equipment procurement. microDATA has been very successful at winning contracts, including with the Department of Defense, using its standards-based solutions that are engineered in a manner that is highly complementary to our technology.”
microDATA’s technology and expertise will expand TCS’ end-to-end public safety communication solutions in several ways. As a pioneer in GIS, microDATA has a mature GIS product and tools suite, comprehensive training programmes and large, highly scalable GIS data gathering and consolidation capabilities. These capabilities are key to the business, because NG9-1-1 solutions require a detailed and comprehensive GIS data set in order to operate.
NG9-1-1 technology is a significant and growing market, driven by the need for public safety agencies to lower operating costs through conversion to less-expensive IP (Internet protocol)-based systems, and the desire to provide the public with more advanced communications options, such as text-to-911 and other multi-media communications (video, photos, etc.).