Supplies Paging Units for Nationwide Emergency Medical Response System
ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2007--USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging and communications services, today announced it has expanded its business relationship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) by providing additional paging units for the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), the agency's nationwide emergency medical response system.
Under terms of the agreement, DHHS will distribute approximately 500 nationwide alphanumeric paging units to NDMS personnel located at sites throughout the country as well as to agency personnel at DHHS headquarters in Washington, D.C.
USA Mobility established a relationship with DHHS last November when the federal agency, which is responsible for providing medical and other essential services in emergency situations, implemented 980 two-way messaging units now being used nationwide by its Rapid Deployment Forces, Incident Response Coordination Teams and Applied Public Health Teams. DHHS acquired the two-way units after government studies showed relief efforts following the events of September 11, 2001 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were delayed by the failures of other communications networks (e.g. landline and cellular telephones) while paging networks performed exceptionally well. As a result, federal agencies began adding a tertiary level of wireless communications with nationwide two-way capability for use in disaster scenarios.
"We are pleased to broaden our relationship with DHHS and help the agency meet its emergency response communications needs," said Jim Boso, USA Mobility's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "Along with messaging devices, we are providing training to all end-users as well as engineering and IT support to ensure their messaging platform is optimized to communicate most effectively with personnel in the field."
Boso added: "Over time, we hope to provide DHHS with additional devices and communications resources as they pursue their goal of providing up to 9,000 NDMS members nationwide with efficient and cost-effective paging devices that offer the agency a reliable and redundant form of wireless communication. Included among devices they're considering for first responder medical personnel are pagers specifically programmed to provide alerts to potentially thousands of users simultaneously, thus eliminating the need for users to carry secondary pagers for only that purpose."
In connection with USA Mobility's ongoing effort to educate first responders and emergency response services to the proven advantages of paging and two-way data networks, Boso said the Company participated in the Disaster and Recovery Expo in Nashville, TN in March that was held in conjunction with an NDMS conference on emergency preparedness.
About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility's focus is on the business-to-business marketplace and supplying wireless connectivity solutions to over 70 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies. The Company operates nationwide networks for both one-way paging and advanced two-way messaging services. In addition, USA Mobility offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel, including BlackBerry devices and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M (machine-to-machine) telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit www.usamobility.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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