Kodiak Complies With CALEA

Kodiak Networks announces first CALEA-compliant advanced push-to-talk system

November 10, 2004

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SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Kodiak Networks, the leading provider of advanced wireless systems, announced that the Kodiak Real-Time Exchange(TM) (RTX) System complies with the 1994 Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The Kodiak RTX System, which enables premium voice services including push-to-talk (PTT), has been compliant since it was introduced to the market in July 2003. Current PTT systems based on Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology do not comply with CALEA. This issue has grown in importance since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently issued a declaratory ruling stating that PTT services are subject to CALEA, regardless of the technologies that operators choose to deploy in offering these services.

CALEA enables law enforcement agencies with court authorization and required electronic interfaces to intercept the wireline and wireless phones used by suspected criminals. Most lawful surveillance has been used to gather information regarding suspected violations of drug and racketeering laws. Since Sept. 11, 2001, law enforcement officials have sought to extend the law's reach to new and developing communications technologies, including PTT.

GSM, CDMA and UMTS wireless network operators deploying the Kodiak RTX System in the United States and abroad are assured that these systems meet all U.S. government requirements. These requirements are designed to combat crime and support homeland security efforts, whether subscribers are in their home territory or roaming outside their service area.

"From the beginning, Kodiak's architects and designers considered the critical need for lawful surveillance and ensured that CALEA compliance was maintained as one of the key development principles of the Kodiak RTX System," said Craig Farrill, CEO of Kodiak Networks. "Essentially, any voice communication that goes through U.S. infrastructure must be CALEA compliant, whether the carrier is U.S.-based or not. When these operators deploy the Kodiak RTX Systems, they are ensuring immediate compliance across the entirety of their voice networks."

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