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TSA Selects Icom Radios for 'Whisper Quiet' Airport Communications

BELLEVUE, WA. Sept. 28, 2010 – Icom America is pleased to announce the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) selected Icom to provide lightweight, rugged portable VHF radios for the agency’s “whisper quiet” voice and text communications solution.

TSA deployed the Icom America F50V radio at 240 airports nationwide. The “whisper quiet” voice solution allows TSA staff and supervisors to communicate quietly and securely at checkpoints. The contract initially included 10,000 F50V portable radios, which provided paging capability and vibration notification in addition to voice communications.

The solution is designed to allow agents to talk at normal voice levels via an off-shoulder microphone with other staff members, improving response time and ensuring a secure and effective screening process. For the sale, Icom America teamed with ACG Systems, Inc., an Annapolis, Md.-based Icom dealer, which handled the installation and integration of third-party accessories.

The contract was awarded in March 2009 as part of TSA’s Checkpoint Evolution, an initiative that incorporates enhanced officer training and cutting edge technology to maximize checkpoint security. Radios shipped in late October and were deployed nationwide in early 2010.

The TSA was formed in 2001 and moved under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Responsible for overseeing passenger safety for all modes of transportation, the agency screens approximately two million people each day at 450 U.S. airports nationwide.

Icom began as an engineering and manufacturing company, making advanced, compact solid-state radio equipment for use by amateur radio enthusiasts. Icom has since grown to become an industry leader with a product line that includes state-of-the-art communications equipment for land mobile and marine use as well as avionics. Icom America's headquarters are in Bellevue, Washington. www.icomamerica.com