Kodiak Names Mike Barney as Director of Public Safety Solutions

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Experienced public safety professional brings skills and expertise to the Kodiak Broadband PTT business.

Kodiak, the leading provider of standards-based broadband push-to-talk (PTT) solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Barney as Director of Public Safety Solutions. In this critical role, Barney will work with public safety, government agencies and wireless operators to identify opportunities where the reliable, sub-second calling performance of the Kodiak Broadband PTT solution can enhance mission support and ultimately mission critical communications.

“Mike’s broad experience developing solutions for Homeland Security, national security, and first responder communications will help us greatly as we collaborate with our carrier partners and public safety on how to best use Broadband PTT to improve inter-agency communication and collaboration.” said Bruce Lawler, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Kodiak. “The industry’s convergence around the Mission Critical PTT standard makes this the perfect time for Mike to join Kodiak and contribute to the industry’s migration to Broadband PTT.

In this role, Barney will work with public safety organizations, including FirstNet and Public Safety Communications Research, participating in the definition of the requirements for mission critical PTT communications. Barney will also work with Kodiak ecosystem partners to develop solutions that leverage the continuous network coverage and real-time connectivity delivered by Kodiak-powered PTT services to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency response.

Mike Barney brings more than 25 years of experience in engineering, management, and public safety to his new role. Prior to joining Kodiak, Barney was a Director for the State of Texas, leading the team responsible for the state and local planning effort for the Texas public safety broadband network. Barney’s previous positions include Director of Systems Engineering for General Dynamics C4 Systems business, as well as a number of engineering and product management positions at Motorola. Barney holds a Master’s degree in Homeland Security, with honors, from the American Public University System, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University.

“I am very pleased to be joining Kodiak,” said Mike Barney, “and I look forward to developing cost-effective, integrated broadband PTT and data solutions that enable public safety agencies to better protect the communities they serve.”

About Kodiak
The leading provider of standards-based broadband Push-to-Talk, Kodiak delivers clear, reliable, sub-second calling performance with LMR interoperability over 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and 3G networks. The Kodiak solution allows organizations to cost-effectively scale their LMR networks, add users, extend coverage, and access broadband data capabilities. The Kodiak-powered platform supports a robust partner ecosystem including iOS, Android handsets/tablets, ruggedized devices, dispatch consoles, accessories, and enterprise productivity applications. Kodiak has the largest standards-based PTT network footprint in the world, with deployments across a number of carriers in North America, Latin America, and Europe, including AT&T, Bell Canada, KPN, Telefónica, and Verizon. For more information, contact press(at)kodiakptt(dot)com.

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