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CAL FIRE purchases encrypted real time push to talk (PTT) and group text messaging:
SLA Corporation is Awarded U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Contract for Enterprise Secure Chat
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- SLA Corporation today announced it has been awarded a GSA Contract for their Enterprise Secure Chat (ESChat), an encrypted real time push to talk (PTT) and group text messaging product that is carrier agnostic, and features cross carrier communications. SLA's ESChat is the only secure PTT and group text messaging product available today.
Initially field tested with the U.S. Air Force in 2007, SLA's suite of PTT products has evolved to meet the communication needs of tomorrow's business, government and military. The GSA contract provides a vehicle for Federal State and Local agencies to purchase ESChat at pre-negotiated rates. The ESChat product line benefits customers with AES-256 voice encryption, secure group text messaging, PC based dispatch clients, and gateways for tactical land mobile radio (LMR) networks.
SLA's ESChat provides a complete push to talk solution for the business, government and military environment. One of the first government agencies to experience ESChat's end to end solution is the California Department of Forestry (Cal Fire). Cal Fire operates under contract to many Counties in the State of California, acting as the County Fire Department. In San Luis Obispo, the Cal Fire team immediately recognized the value in adding ESChat to their existing BlackBerry devices.
"We are very pleased to have been awarded the GSA Contract," said Josh Lober, President of SLA Corporation. "SLA's ESChat is the most full featured real-time PTT product available. Receiving the GSA contract validates our extensive efforts and makes our product easily accessible to qualifying government agencies."
ESChat is available on standard mobile phones, smartphones, personal computers and tablets, and is supported on the Brew, BlackBerry, Android, Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems. ESChat service is currently available across North America for government and enterprise business customers. Commercial customers can purchase ESChat from SLA Corporation through its commercial website; Government customers can purchase ESChat via the GSA Advantage website.