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First Responder Solutions Make Sprint the Provider of Choice for Law Enforcement

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 2, 2009-- Sprint (NYSE:S) continues to be the preferred company for police, fire department and other emergency first responders when it comes to accurate and reliable emergency communications. The company has established its leadership position with Nextel Direct Connect, Dispatch Operations and Interoperability Integration, new Sprint 4G Streaming Video, and National Crime Information Center Lookup solutions.

“Sprint is the undisputed leader in this space and has been serving the needs of first responders for more than a decade, including several presidentially declared disasters and the tragic events of Sept. 11,” said Stephanie Atkinson, Managing Partner at Compass Intelligence. “Solutions like Nextel Direct Connect – running on a reliable network – are critical to public safety operations since it provides instant communication with just the push of a button, especially with the off-network feature, which sometimes is the only means of communication available during an emergency situation.”

This year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference, Oct. 3-7 in Denver, will attract thousands of police chiefs and emergency preparedness professionals interested in learning about new public safety solutions. Sprint’s portfolio of communications solutions will be at the center of those discussions.

“As any official at the conference will tell you, no other carrier has the presence Sprint has in local and federal law enforcement jurisdictions, natural disasters, and wherever large public gatherings occur,” said Dan Gillison, director of public safety solutions for Sprint. “With our broad capabilities served by our dependable Now Network, we have a rich history of partnering with the public safety community for their communications needs. Our close relationship with our public safety customers and understanding of their mission-critical needs provides evidence of our constant innovation of customized mobility solutions that are instant, reliable, secure and interoperable.”

Among the solutions most used by public safety officials:

* Nextel Direct Connect – The solution of choice for first responder and emergency personnel. The ability to instantly connect, collaborate and share information with one or many on the nation’s fastest push-to-talk network.
* Dispatch Operations and Interoperability-Integration (DO&I) – Sprint’s iDEN network integrates directly into the heart of an agency’s Land Mobile Radio systems for a true parallel dispatch network system. This allows officials to communicate (interoperate) across traditional agency, jurisdictional and geographic boundaries and across disparate communication systems.
* 4G Streaming Video – Law enforcement officials are no longer hampered by slow downloads with real-time streaming video powered by Sprint 4G technology. For example, the Annapolis Police Department, a current Sprint customer, is partnering with Sprint to create remote monitoring solutions using Axis 214 PTZ cameras paired with Sprint’s MBR1000 router and 3G/4G U300 mobile broadband card. The solution enables law enforcement to remotely monitor locations and to capture criminal evidence and share back to police headquarters, even as an officer is being deployed. Sprint has launched 4G technology in six markets and expects to have up to 120 million POPs (points of presence) covering about 80 markets by the end of 2010.
* NCIC Lookup – Instantaneous access of data from the National Crime Information Center for mobile police officers.

Sprint’s public safety solutions and its Now Network have a history in the Mile High City. During last summer’s Democratic National Convention (DNC), Sprint enhanced its network to serve large demands at the Pepsi Center, the Colorado Convention Center, Denver International Airport and the Downtown Denver business and hotel district. Members of the Denver Police Department also used Sprint BlackBerry and Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk devices to their advantage during the DNC.

“The Sprint devices, equipped with GPS and Wireless Priority Service, helped us locate and deploy hundreds of police officers and prioritize wireless calls during the convention,” said Dr. Tracie Kessee, division chief. “Our relationship with Sprint is solid. We rely on more than 1,000 of their devices in our day-to-day activities.”

Each year, Sprint and America’s Most Wanted (AMW) team up to honor all-star first responders – the law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs and others who go beyond the call of duty to keep citizens out of harm’s way. This year, Detective William Weigt, of the Peoria, Ariz., Police Department, was named the 2009 AMW All-Star winner. Furthermore, Sprint is a major player at the annual National Police Week in Washington, D.C. At this year’s event, Sprint sponsored the 14th Annual Law Ride on May 10 involving 800 motorcycle riders and was the title sponsor for the Third Annual National Police Week 5K Race. The company also presented a $40,000 check to the Concerns of Police Survivors organization at its annual conference May 14 in Alexandria, Va.

Sprint, named most reliable 3G network in a 13-city test by PC World, serves public safety customers through its newly formed Business Markets Group (BMG). Composed of 4,000 sales, support, marketing and operations employees, Sprint’s BMG is dedicated solely to enterprise, general business and public sector customers. BMG delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the nation’s most dependable 3G mobile broadband network,* 4G capabilities that are well ahead of Sprint’s competition, the fastest national push-to-talk network,** and a comprehensive solutions portfolio of devices and applications.
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