LAKE MARY, Fla., April 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- F4W, Inc. (F4W) announced today that it is providing the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with thirteen of its latest Core communication systems. The systems, which will be placed at VA's twelve Emergency Management Strategic Healthcare Group (EMSHG) regional offices throughout the United States and in the office of VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, will provide VA with secure, resilient communications in the event of natural disasters and other emergencies.
"We're very proud to be able to support VA and veterans with our state-of-the-art communications equipment," said Harry Timmons, president of F4W. "We believe that our technology is the best in the marketplace, and will significantly improve VA's ability to respond to hurricanes, earthquakes and other emergency situations."
F4W's communications systems utilize the power and flexibility of the Internet and Voice over IP (VoIP) technology to enable encrypted voice and data connections without the need for additional hardware. The company's systems use any available connection to access the Internet for voice and data connectivity without relying on any single system or communications provider.
Using one of F4W's systems, VA employees will be able to conduct up to twenty simultaneous phone calls over a 3G cellular modem. Every call will be secure, private, and have superior sound quality. The systems VA purchased come in an easily transported kit form so that they can be quickly delivered to individual VA facilities requiring assistance.
Each kit provides voice and data communications across any available network. If normal network infrastructure is unavailable, the kit also contains a broadband satellite system to ensure connectivity beyond the incident site. The kit requires absolutely no technical support to set up and needs only ten to twenty minutes to begin working.
Timmons pointed to Hurricane Katrina as an example of the kinds of challenges the new kits will help to solve. "VA's decision not to evacuate its New Orleans Medical Center before the storm required the hospital to do a lot of improvising to keep its patients and staff safe. They had a satellite phone system, but could only use it to communicate with the outside world from the roof of the building, and for brief periods of time. Although VA's response to Katrina was ultimately successful, there's no question that our system would have helped the hospital to better look after its patients."
Some individual VA medical centers have also purchased F4W's products, and Timmons hopes there will be more. "It's wonderful that EMSHG and the Secretary will have greater ability to communicate in emergencies -- but if our kits can't get to a hospital because all the access roads are blocked, there's still a problem that hasn't been solved. Our kits are inexpensive enough -- one sixth the cost of our nearest competitors -- that we'd eventually like to place one at every VA facility."
F4W is a software development company based in Lake Mary, FL, focused on delivering simple, encrypted, interoperable and affordable communications solutions that work when they are needed, regardless of location, circumstances, or purpose. Their solutions meet all federal mandates prescribed by the Department of Homeland Security in their National Emergency Communications Plan, SAFECOM Program and SECURE program. Their customers include Federal, State and Local Agencies, and Industrial, Educational and Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit: http://www.f4winc.com.
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