WidePoint's Advanced Response Concepts Subsidiary Awarded Contract Under a $2 Million Delaware State University Grant Provided by the Department of Justice

Follow-On Award Enables Advanced Response Concepts to Test and Deploy Crime Scene Forensic Evidence Protection Solution

Jun 22, 2010, 10:49 ET from WidePoint Corporation

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WidePoint Corporation (NYSE Amex: WYY), a specialist in wireless mobility management and cybersecurity solutions, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Advanced Response Concepts Corporation, has been selected as the technology provider with a $1.6 million award for a crime-scene information system under a $2 million grant from the Department of Justice to Delaware State University.  The Delaware State University ("DSU") has teamed with the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the cities of Dover and Wilmington to test and deploy a state-wide pilot and trial of forensic evidence protection project.  The follow-on award is the next step in the evolution of the system from successful development phase to testing and deployment phase.

As part of the award, WidePoint's Advanced Response Concepts subsidiary will test and deploy a system to protect crime scene information through the non-repudiation of identities at the crime scene and through the identification and chain of custody of evidential information. Advanced Response Concepts will deploy the systems in targeted agencies across the State of Delaware and provide a mobile major crimes investigation response unit for use by all law enforcement agencies state-wide.

Dr. John Austin, Delaware State University Associate Vice President for Research & Sponsored Programs, added, "The Crime Scene Security and Evidentiary Tracking Demonstration Project is designed to provide a suite of applications and support systems raising the efficacy of current methodologies utilized in crime scene and evidentiary protection schema." 

DSU's principal investigator, Chief James Overton added, "Delaware State University invited the participation of other law enforcement agencies within the state, including the Dover Police Department, the Delaware State Police, the Delaware Courts system, as well as the National Institute of Justice and the Federal Justice Department."

WidePoint will retain the developed intellectual property and have the right to market the solution nationwide.  This will provide WidePoint with a unique and proven solution. Based on the results of a survey from the academic study in phase one of this project, it was determined that more than 200 major metropolitan law enforcement agencies are high probability target customers for this product and we believe the potential addressable aggregate market that develops for this product could be in excess of $85 million.  In addition, Advanced Response Concepts has experienced a high level of interest from federal agencies in regards to both the separate components of this suite of products and the entire package as a solution.  

"We are extremely pleased with this award which augments and enhances the research and development phase of this program with DSU," said Daniel E. Turissini, WidePoint's Chief Technology Officer. "Under this effort, a pre-production system will be deployed and tested to validate an end-to-end solution for scene control, accountability and the ability to tie a trusted identity to the evidentiary process. We are also excited that Advanced Response Concepts will have the opportunity to market this powerful, proven solution on a nationwide basis."

"This award demonstrates the talent and solutions of the WidePoint team in identity management and information assurance," said WidePoint's CEO, Steve L. Komar. "In response to terrorist attacks, natural disasters and emergencies, a comprehensive need for strong credentialing and scene control is essential. WidePoint is dedicated to the needs of the public safety communities to manage the challenges that have arisen for first responder personnel in emergency situations, as well as questions relating to levels of authority and access in such circumstances. It also marks an important milestone in WidePoint's growth strategy, as this project leverages the successful collaboration of technology and expertise from multiple business units within the WidePoint family."  

About WidePoint

WidePoint is a specialist in providing wireless mobility management and cybersecurity solutions utilizing its advanced information technology products and services. WidePoint has several wholly owned subsidiaries holding major government and commercial contracts including, Operational Research Consultants, Inc., iSYS, LLC, Protexx, Advanced Response Concepts Corporation and WidePoint IL. WidePoint enables organizations to deploy fully compliant IT services in accordance with government-mandated regulations and advanced system requirements. For more information, visit http://www.widepoint.com.

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