Comtech snags $45M contract for 911 upgrades

Who you gonna call: In case of emergency, Washington State residents will be in better hands, thanks to Melville's Comtech Telecommunications.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has been awarded a five-year contract to provide cutting-edge emergency-contact services across Washington State.

The contract, valued as high as $45 million, will see Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment installing and managing a Next Generation 911 Emergency Service IP Network across Washington. Next Generation 911 incorporates text messaging, videoconferencing and other Internet-based communications into modern emergency-contact protocols, as defined by the National Emergency Number Association.

Among the bells and whistles in Comtech Telecommunication’s NG911 system are advanced reporting capabilities and “geo-spatial call routing” technology that enables more accurate call routing than traditional 911 systems, reducing the number of call transfers and improving response times.

Once it’s up and running, the NENA-compliant NG911 system – which can process texts and landline, wireless and voice-over-Internet-protocol calls – “will represent one of the nation’s most advanced public-safety emergency networks,” according to Comtech Telecommunications President and CEO Stanton Sloane.

It also positions Washington State at the head of the queue when new emergency-call protocols and technologies are thrown into the mix, Sloane noted.

“It prepares the state to evolve quickly to new 911 call-origination formats moving forward,” the president said.

The new contract keeps the momentum rolling for Comtech Telecommunications, which has already announced a number of new deals and contract extensions in 2016, primarily with military customers and other state clients reached through the company’s Government Solutions segment.

The company has also been offered a lucrative incentives package by the Suffolk County Industrial Development Association, which hopes to dissuade Comtech Telecommunications officials from relocating the Melville-based high-tech manufacturer out of state.

Publicly traded Comtech, which employs 114 on Long Island and more than 2,000 overall, has been discussing the possibility of closing its two Suffolk County facilities and moving its headquarters to Maryland, Florida or Arizona, where the company already maintains manufacturing operations.