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Telecommunications Carriers Respond To Congress' Declaration of April as National 9-1-1 Education Month

Leading Emergency Stand Alone switch provider sees telcos looking to find viable solutions for improving public safety and network resiliency for all


BOULDER, Colo., April 3, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

WHO: Steven Bruny


Aztek Networks (

A veteran in the telecommunications industry with more than

20 years experience, Bruny has served as CEO of Aztek Networks,

the leader in Emergency Stand Alone (ESA) equipment for enabling

network switch collapse since June of 2006. Prior to being named

to his current post, Bruny was president of the Americas for

Azure Solutions, the world leader in revenue assurance and fraud

software for the telecom industry. Azure was acquired by Subex

Systems, Ltd., in June of 2006. Bruny was the Founder and COO of

Connexn Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of revenue

assurance software to the telecom industry which was acquired by

Azure in 2004. Prior to Connexn, he was CEO of IGS, a telecom

network facilities inventory company funded by Warburg Pincus.

Bruny also was founder and CEO of Information + Graphics

Systems, a telecom and utilities software provider that was

acquired by Hitachi Software Engineering in 1993, and President

of Optical Computer, a division of American Laser Corporation.

Bruny holds a B.S. degree in physics from Colorado State

University and a M.B.A. from the University of Colorado.

WHAT: While most people know to call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation

not everyone is aware of the limitations of the system given the

expanding variety of wireless devices used and the variations in

service by location. The telecommunications industry plays a

unique role in transmitting emergency calls and helping public

safety officials locate people needing help. In today's

ever-changing communications landscape, telecommunications

providers are responding to the need for increased network

resiliency by modernizing existing systems through Emergency

Stand Alone (ESA) systems.

Aztek Networks is witnessing unprecedented response by rural

telecommunications providers who are revitalizing their network

by implementing new ESA technologies.

As the demand for broadband services increases, with nearly

96 million subscribers by 2012, (source:

many telecommunications operators are enhancing services and

increasing reliability through what is referred to as, "switch

collapse." While increasing efficiencies are gained through this

process, the telephone network can be exposed to cuts which can

result in lack of access to emergency services.

Emergency Stand Alone systems guarantee uninterrupted local

calling capability and access to 9-1-1 emergency services. ESA

helps ensure public safety by continuously maintaining local

calling capabilities and subscriber access to emergency 9-1-1

services in the event the link to the primary host switch is

severed due to an accident or natural disaster. Not only is this

in the best interest of public safety, it also was mandated as

part of the Katrina Order, a regulation put into force after the

devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina back in 2006.

The importance of support for Emergency Services capabilities,

through the use of 9-1-1 cannot be overlooked or undervalued.

According to NENA (National Emergency Number Association), over

200 million 9-1-1 calls are made each year in the United States.

In order for these calls to be made, more than 8,000 Public

Safety Answering Points must be utilized spanning 3,100

counties. The ability to maintain 9-1-1 services through ESA

capabilities during natural disasters, severe weather, major

power outages, telecommunications cable cuts, and other such

events is vitally important.

Contact: For more information on Aztek Networks or to set up an interview

about National 9-1-1 Month, please contact Christie Denniston at

Catapult PR-IR (303) 581-7760, ext. 13 or

SOURCE Aztek Networks
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