National Technical Systems Silicon Valley Facility Opens SAR Testing Lab For RF Safety Compliance Company Continues Expansion of Wireless Testing Services Portfolio

CALABASAS, Calif. and FREMONT, Calif., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- National Technical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTSC) (NTS), a leading provider of testing and engineering services, announced today that it has entered into an alliance agreement with RF Exposure Lab, a wireless testing laboratory specializing in RF (radio frequency) safety testing, to provide Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) testing services at the NTS Silicon Valley laboratory in Fremont, CA.

SAR testing is a requirement for various types of hand-held or body-worn wireless equipment, such as smart phones and touch pads.  The purpose of SAR testing is to ensure the safety of devices that intentionally emit RF energy.  The rapid proliferation of such devices is increasing the need for SAR testing services by many different manufacturers of wireless equipment.  The addition of these new testing services expands the overall portfolio of wireless-related solutions that NTS is able to offer its customers in the Silicon Valley region and around the country.

"This alliance with RF Exposure Lab supplies a key piece in our overall service offering for wireless equipment manufacturers," said NTS President and CEO William McGinnis. "We have heard the demands from our customers who require these new testing services and we have responded. There is a major international market for SAR testing, and a large market in the Bay Area alone, and it's a capability that is necessary to properly service our clients."

The new NTS SAR testing laboratory in Fremont is capable of testing virtually any wireless device on the market, including tablets, handsets, and body worn devices and certifying them for domestic and international compliance.   This service offering complements NTS Silicon Valley's expanding EMC and RF testing capabilities.

The alliance with San Diego-based RF Exposure Lab, a widely-known industry leader in the field of SAR testing, allows NTS to be able to bring this highly sophisticated new type of service online rapidly and with the benefit of best-in-class testing and reporting practices in place at launch.

"This alliance with NTS is beneficial to both companies," said Jay Moulton, Vice President of RF Exposure Lab. "It gives RF Exposure Lab a presence in the Silicon Valley region and all of NTS' many laboratories with a quality EMC laboratory to fulfill their and our area clients' needs."

The new SAR testing services are currently online and available to customers. More information can be found at www.nts.com or by calling 1-800-270-2516.

About RF Exposure Lab
RF Exposure Lab, LLC is a privately owned independent A2LA Accredited SAR testing facility located in Southern California. The company provides radio frequency device manufacturers and existing FCC test laboratories with a SAR testing and certified report laboratory. Learn more about RF Exposure Lab services at http://www.rfexposurelab.com/

About National Technical Systems
National Technical Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of engineering services to the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, automotive and high technology markets. Through a world-wide network of resources, NTS provides full product life-cycle support, offering world class design engineering, compliance, testing, certification, quality registration and program management. For additional information about NTS, visit our website at www.nts.com or call 800-270-2516.

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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding National Technical Systems' business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

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SOURCE National Technical Systems, Inc.



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