Jeff Wittek, Vice President, Corporate Business Development at Cassidian Communications Joins APCO International Broadband Committee

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• APCO International adds new member to Broadband Committee • Wittek brings years of experience in public safety to key APCO initiatives

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The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, the world’s largest organization of public safety communications professionals, has added Jeff Wittek, Vice President of Business Development at Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, as a new member of its Broadband Committee.

The APCO International Broadband Committee was formed on January 26, 2011, and its primary functions are to review public safety broadband applications in use today and make recommendations to address the rapidly-evolving need for mobile data and the future need for enhanced mission-critical voice capabilities.

Wittek, a seasoned executive with nearly 30 years of public safety experience, began his tenure with Cassidian Communications (formerly PlantCML) in 1998 as Manager of Integration Services, and has held several positions since that time, including Sales Engineering Manager, Director of Product Management and Vice President of Research and Development. In his present role as Vice President of Business Development, Wittek helps to guide corporate business direction and growth.

Prior to joining Cassidian Communications, Wittek served as a public safety professional in Montgomery County, Pa, for more than 18 years. Rising from Deputy Director of Telecommunications to Director of Emergency Dispatch Services, Wittek has experience in all facets of public safety service management and delivery. In his public safety management roles, Wittek was responsible for strategic financial, operational and technical planning for call center operations. Throughout his career, Wittek has planned and implemented large, complex, integrated solutions involving 9-1-1 telephony, public safety radio, computer-aided dispatch and various other subsystems. Wittek also served as the founding President of Keystone NENA and he is currently an active member of APCO.

“We are pleased to have Jeff, with his extensive public safety experience, as a member of our Broadband Committee,” said Bill Carrow, president of APCO. “He brings first-hand knowledge of public safety issues, challenges and dynamics, and will no doubt be a valuable contributor to the initiatives of the committee.”

In addition to APCO, Cassidian Communications is also a corporate member of NENA, TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association), EENA (European Emergency Number Association), 9-1-1 Industry Alliance, E9-1-1 Institute, NPSTC (National Public Safety Communications Council), and ACP (Association of Contingency Planners).

“Our involvement in all of these organizations is critical to driving open standards that foster best-in-class technologies and advantages that ultimately benefit our customers,” said Darrin J. Reilly, Chief Operating Officer at Cassidian Communications. “We are pleased to have a voice in the APCO International Broadband Committee. The dynamics of broadband have such far-reaching capabilities for public safety, and in particular, for the technologies we develop in Land Mobile Radio(LMR), 9-1-1 call processing and notification.”

About Cassidian Communications (http://www.CassidianCommunications.com)
As the largest and most trusted source of mission critical communications solutions, Cassidian Communications, an EADS North America company, is leading the way in standards-based NG9-1-1 call center applications, notification solutions and services and P25 land mobile radio systems. Headquartered in Temecula, California.

About CASSIDIAN (http://www.cassidian.com)
Cassidian, an EADS company, is a worldwide leader in global security solutions and systems, providing Lead Systems Integration and value-added products and services to civil and military customers around the globe: air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), land, naval and joint systems, intelligence and surveillance, cyber security, secure communications, test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In 2010, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.9 billion. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 121,000.

About EADS North America (http://www.eadsnorthamerica.com)
EADS North America is the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 200,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

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