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February 01, 2009

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Tampa Authorities Deploy Latest Technology for Super Bowl Security

E•SPONDER Brings Together Emerging and Commodity Technologies for Integrated Security Communications

 TAMPA — January 28, 2009 — With nearly a quarter of a million people in Tampa for Super Bowl-related activities, efforts to ensure tight security communications and response surrounding the event are underway with  E•SPONDER’s integrated solution for  planning, tracking and reporting of all security matters  surrounding the game. For well over a year now, more than 60 Federal, State, regional, local and municipal authorities have been working with the  E•SPONDER technology partnership to plan the security details for Super Bowl XLIII, one of the only major sporting events that receives National Security status. Beginning this week and continuing past the final game whistle, E•SPONDER will connect onsite and remote authorities, allowing them to remotely track all activities in real time with mapping as well as 3-D displays, 2-way radio integration and immediate communication.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Super Bowl activities and supporting our long term customers here in Tampa,” said Robert Wolf, President and CEO of E•SPONDER.  “Our goal remains to provide the region’s first responders with easy-to-use, real-time collaboration tools to help protect the fans attending events throughout Super Bowl week and the game itself.” 

Together with Infusion Development’s Falcon Eye technology, the Tampa Incident Command staff will use E•SPONDER portal to visualize all aspects of the Super Bowl activities.  The Microsoft Surface device will display a Microsoft Virtual Earth map of the entire region tracking events, incidents, resources and tasks  in real-time using its unique large display, multi-user, multi-touch and interactive capabilities, also allowing it to communicate with remote devices and PCs.  With a quick hand-gesture, the map can zoom in and display a 3D image of the city, including detailed views of buildings and streets and real time resource tracking.  

Additionally, Twisted Pair Solutions, Inc will provide secure, real-time group communications and interoperability for two-way radio systems and other devices using its WAVE® software technology.  Fully integrated with E•SPONDER and leveraging Microsoft’s Office Communications Server platform, all law enforcement personnel can quickly see who is available and communicate with them using Instant Messaging, PC to PC Voice, video conferencing and PC-to radio/walkie-talkie methods.   This unmatched capability, being used largely in the defense and first responder fields, allows for any user of E•SPONDER to immediately communicate with resources not only in the command center, but directly in the field. 

“The City of Tampa and its Incident Commander Major Bennett are leading an outstanding effort to manage security across jurisdiction, expertise and roles,” said Gail Thomas-Flynn, Microsoft’s General Manager of State and Local Government.  “In the spirit of the Super Bowl, it truly is a team effort to pull off the complex security effort.   The E•SPONDER team has put together a best of breed, cost efficient solution tools that help change the way law enforcement officials interact with digital information. ”

These partnerships allow E•SPONDER to continue to be the leader in emergency response and incident command software and to deliver world-class business continuity solutions for our customers.  E•SPONDER was first purchased by the City of Tampa in 2005 using Federal Homeland Security grants and has been expanded year over year through the same program.  The previous purchase allows the region to utilize E•SPONDER at no additional cost, providing significant savings.

About E•SPONDER: Founded in 2000, E•SPONDER specializes in serving the collaborative needs of public and private sector customers. Experts in emergent communications technologies, skilled staff deliver customized solutions that foster real time situational awareness for local, state and federal agencies.  E•SPONDER also builds continuity and response portals for corporate customers.  E•SPONDER is a managed, Gold Certified Microsoft Partner and has won numerous awards for our solutions and work.  More information at info@e-sponder.com

About Infusion Development: Infusion Development is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that applies emerging technologies to solve complex software problems. Our international offices in London, New York, Boston, Toronto, and Dubai offer a full suite of IT  services including: custom architecture, training and mentoring, hosting and support, and user experience solutions. 

About Twisted Pair, Inc.:  Twisted Pair Solution's award-winning WAVE software technology enables partners and customers to build and operate secure, highly scalable communications solutions in the world's most demanding environments.  Recognizing that the best approach to solving the complexities of communications interoperability is to use standards-based software to unify diverse communications technologies, WAVE is trusted when communications is absolutely indispensable.  Visit us at www.twistpair.com

About Microsoft: Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.