Televate Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Monday, October 04, 2021 | Comments

Consulting firm Televate celebrated its 20th anniversary October 1.

“Since its founding twenty years ago today, Televate has been enormously honored to work on hundreds of projects focused on improving communications for the nation’s first responders. From broadband to land mobile radio to information technology, every one of these engineering and consulting projects has shaped the Televate team and added nuance to the team’s expertise,” the company said.

Beginning in 2001, Televate supported the District of Columbia and the National Capital Region (NCR) in conceptualizing and implementing wireless broadband networks for public safety. While representing the district in 2002, Televate proposed securing 10 megahertz (MHz) of broadband spectrum for public-safety nationwide. Televate continued to support public-safety broadband with the launch of the first two 700 MHz broadband networks deployed in the National Capital Region. Following the inception of FirstNet and the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), Televate consulted for a dozen states and territories as they worked to define their communication needs.

“We are proud to have accomplished so much over the past 20 years, but we are prouder still to have done it for a community of individuals who put their lives on the line every day for the citizens they serve,” said Televate Managing Partner Rick Burke.

Early in Televate’s existence, it developed a unique dual-band radio system that made police and fire fully interoperable for one major city. Through its 20 years, Televate has helped to design, build and operate mission-critical radio, broadband, wireless and 9-1-1 infrastructure on behalf of its customers.

Televate has helped construct dozens of public-safety radio networks and implemented dozens of distributed antenna systems (DAS) serving hundreds of miles of tunnels and millions of square feet of floor space for both cellular and public-safety systems. The firm has also developed statewide communications plans and helped create communications plans for major events. Televate has also developed coverage mapping tools and solutions, like Pinpoint.

The firm has also led and supported several associations to develop long-term strategic plans for public-safety communications.

“When the police or fire chief calls the day after a major incident thanking us for their improved communications, it is the most gratifying feeling. Not only do we feel proud of what we’ve accomplished, but there is no better feeling than to believe in some small way, you made the work of the first responder a bit easier, and contributed towards saving lives,” said Televate Senior Partner Joe Ross, Senior Partner. “As we look to the next 20 years, we are eager to help public safety continually tap into communications innovations. As broadband and land mobile radio lines begin to converge, as solutions blend between terrestrial and satellite communications, and as information systems become more integrated and intuitive, we look forward to helping public safety choose the right path and develop solutions that fit.”

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