Irving, TX – July 30, 2010 – EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: EFJI) announced today that it will introduce its new suite of FIRESafe™ software features at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) annual conference and exposition, August 1 – 3 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
“We understand that radio communication at a fireground scene is often more challenging and demanding than regular dispatched communication,” said Michael Jalbert, president and chief executive officer of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. “Firefighters are faced with a dynamic communication environment especially while operating in building structures. A simple act, such as entering a stairwell or walking down a hallway, may cause the firefighter to lose his radio communication. Even worse, a firefighter may lose communication and not even know it.”
The FIRESafe features will make a firefighter’s radio smarter. FIRESafe will monitor the communication link using a Project 25 digital “heartbeat” generated by the FIRESafe feature in the command radio. The heartbeat provides signal strength information that FIRESafe uses to determine the quality of the communications link, and the firefighter will be alerted with audio tones when he nears the communication range limit or is out of communication range altogether.
“We understand that when a firefighter enters a burning building he is solely focused on the mission at hand. The 51FIRE ES portable radio launched by the Company earlier this year, combined with the FIRESafe features, will provide a hardware and software solution for safe and reliable communications for firefighters and the citizens they served,” Jalbert added.
APCO attendees will be able to hear demonstrations of the FIRESafe features at the Company’s booth.