Tyco Unit to Provide Public Safety Communication System in Florida

M/A-COM's OpenSky(R) Wireless Private Network Provides

Integrated Voice and Data over an IP Backbone



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Tyco International Ltd.

    LOWELL, Mass., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Tyco Electronics today announced
 that its M/A-COM unit has been selected by Florida's Municipal Public Safety
 Communications Consortium, Inc. ("MPSCC") of Palm Beach County, to provide its
 OpenSky Wireless IP (Internet Protocol) Network to fulfill public safety
 communication needs. The M/A-COM OpenSky Wireless Private Network will be
 deployed in up to 30 municipalities in Palm Beach County, Florida. Palm Beach
 County is the largest county in Florida, and in most of the eastern United
 States, with a population of more than 1 million people and covering 2,578
 square miles.
     "The municipalities that comprise the MPSCC have shown great vision in
 forming an alliance for the procurement of a state-of-the-art wireless network
 to serve the public safety professionals and citizens of Palm Beach County,"
 said John Vaughan, vice president and general manager of M/A-COM's Wireless
 Systems Business. "We are proud that OpenSky technology has been selected by
 the MPSCC to provide the coverage, spectral efficiency, speed and scalability
 required by these populous cities."
     "Our search for the right public safety communication solution for MPSCC
 led us to evaluate the advanced technology of the OpenSky network. We selected
 this system because of its technical performance, its flexibility in meeting
 our growth requirements, and M/A-COM's commitment to the business
 relationship," said Wayne English, executive director of the MPSCC. "We were
 impressed by demonstrations of the OpenSky network's interoperability, a
 feature that allows us to form a bridge to other systems that are now in use
 in Palm Beach County. This is an important feature to us as we seek to
 implement a network that can be of immediate and real value to our member
 municipalities."
     The agreement, which includes two phases spanning the next 18 months,
 calls for M/A-COM to provide OpenSky infrastructure equipment, subscriber
 equipment and implementation services for a countywide, digital voice and data
 wireless network. Phase I of the contract will be approximately $8 million.
     The OpenSky system uses M/A-COM's Wireless Internet Protocol (IP) and TDMA
 technology to increase spectrum efficiency while providing the benefits of a
 packetized data solution.
 
     ABOUT M/A-COM
     M/A-COM, a unit of Tyco Electronics with headquarters in Lowell MA, is a
 leading supplier of radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimeter wave
 integrated circuits and IP Networks to the wireless telecommunications and
 defense-related industries. M/A-COM's products include semiconductor devices,
 RF integrated circuits, passive and control devices, antennas, subsystems and
 systems. M/A-COM has offices and manufacturing facilities worldwide.
 
     ABOUT TYCO ELECTRONICS
     Tyco Electronics is one of the major business units of Tyco International
 Ltd. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, Tyco Electronics is the
 world's largest passive electronic components manufacturer, and a world leader
 in cutting-edge wireless technologies, fiber optic active components, and
 complete power systems. The company has facilities located in 56 countries
 serving customers in the aerospace, automotive, computer, communications,
 consumer electronics, industrial and power industries. Tyco Electronics
 provides advanced technology products from over thirty well-known and
 respected brands, including Agastat, Alcoswitch, AMP, AMP Netconnect, AXICOM,
 Buchanan, CoEv, Critchley, Elcon, Elo TouchSystems, HTS, M/A-COM, Madison
 Cable, OEG, Potter & Brumfield, Raychem, Schrack, Simel and TDI Batteries.
 
     ABOUT TYCO INTERNATIONAL LTD.
     Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:   TYC; LSE: TYI; BSX: TYC) is a diversified
 manufacturing and service company. Tyco is the world's largest manufacturer
 and servicer of electrical and electronic components; the world's largest
 designer, manufacturer, installer and servicer of undersea telecommunications
 systems; the world's largest manufacturer, installer, and provider of fire
 protection systems and electronic security services; and the world's largest
 manufacturer of flow control valves.  Tyco also holds strong leadership
 positions in disposable medical products, diagnostic imaging, bulk
 pharmaceuticals, wound closure, plastics, and adhesives.  Tyco operates in
 more than 100 countries and had fiscal 2000 sales of $28.9 billion.
 
     OpenSky is a registered trademark of M/A-COM, Inc.
     For more information about the OpenSky Wireless Private Network, please
 visit http://www.opensky.com or call 1-877-OpenSky (673-6759).
 
 

SOURCE Tyco International Ltd.
    LOWELL, Mass., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Tyco Electronics today announced
 that its M/A-COM unit has been selected by Florida's Municipal Public Safety
 Communications Consortium, Inc. ("MPSCC") of Palm Beach County, to provide its
 OpenSky Wireless IP (Internet Protocol) Network to fulfill public safety
 communication needs. The M/A-COM OpenSky Wireless Private Network will be
 deployed in up to 30 municipalities in Palm Beach County, Florida. Palm Beach
 County is the largest county in Florida, and in most of the eastern United
 States, with a population of more than 1 million people and covering 2,578
 square miles.
     "The municipalities that comprise the MPSCC have shown great vision in
 forming an alliance for the procurement of a state-of-the-art wireless network
 to serve the public safety professionals and citizens of Palm Beach County,"
 said John Vaughan, vice president and general manager of M/A-COM's Wireless
 Systems Business. "We are proud that OpenSky technology has been selected by
 the MPSCC to provide the coverage, spectral efficiency, speed and scalability
 required by these populous cities."
     "Our search for the right public safety communication solution for MPSCC
 led us to evaluate the advanced technology of the OpenSky network. We selected
 this system because of its technical performance, its flexibility in meeting
 our growth requirements, and M/A-COM's commitment to the business
 relationship," said Wayne English, executive director of the MPSCC. "We were
 impressed by demonstrations of the OpenSky network's interoperability, a
 feature that allows us to form a bridge to other systems that are now in use
 in Palm Beach County. This is an important feature to us as we seek to
 implement a network that can be of immediate and real value to our member
 municipalities."
     The agreement, which includes two phases spanning the next 18 months,
 calls for M/A-COM to provide OpenSky infrastructure equipment, subscriber
 equipment and implementation services for a countywide, digital voice and data
 wireless network. Phase I of the contract will be approximately $8 million.
     The OpenSky system uses M/A-COM's Wireless Internet Protocol (IP) and TDMA
 technology to increase spectrum efficiency while providing the benefits of a
 packetized data solution.
 
     ABOUT M/A-COM
     M/A-COM, a unit of Tyco Electronics with headquarters in Lowell MA, is a
 leading supplier of radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimeter wave
 integrated circuits and IP Networks to the wireless telecommunications and
 defense-related industries. M/A-COM's products include semiconductor devices,
 RF integrated circuits, passive and control devices, antennas, subsystems and
 systems. M/A-COM has offices and manufacturing facilities worldwide.
 
     ABOUT TYCO ELECTRONICS
     Tyco Electronics is one of the major business units of Tyco International
 Ltd. Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, Tyco Electronics is the
 world's largest passive electronic components manufacturer, and a world leader
 in cutting-edge wireless technologies, fiber optic active components, and
 complete power systems. The company has facilities located in 56 countries
 serving customers in the aerospace, automotive, computer, communications,
 consumer electronics, industrial and power industries. Tyco Electronics
 provides advanced technology products from over thirty well-known and
 respected brands, including Agastat, Alcoswitch, AMP, AMP Netconnect, AXICOM,
 Buchanan, CoEv, Critchley, Elcon, Elo TouchSystems, HTS, M/A-COM, Madison
 Cable, OEG, Potter & Brumfield, Raychem, Schrack, Simel and TDI Batteries.
 
     ABOUT TYCO INTERNATIONAL LTD.
     Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE:   TYC; LSE: TYI; BSX: TYC) is a diversified
 manufacturing and service company. Tyco is the world's largest manufacturer
 and servicer of electrical and electronic components; the world's largest
 designer, manufacturer, installer and servicer of undersea telecommunications
 systems; the world's largest manufacturer, installer, and provider of fire
 protection systems and electronic security services; and the world's largest
 manufacturer of flow control valves.  Tyco also holds strong leadership
 positions in disposable medical products, diagnostic imaging, bulk
 pharmaceuticals, wound closure, plastics, and adhesives.  Tyco operates in
 more than 100 countries and had fiscal 2000 sales of $28.9 billion.
 
     OpenSky is a registered trademark of M/A-COM, Inc.
     For more information about the OpenSky Wireless Private Network, please
 visit http://www.opensky.com or call 1-877-OpenSky (673-6759).
 
 SOURCE  Tyco International Ltd.

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