M/A-COM announced that its NetworkFirst land mobile radio interoperability solution has qualified as an anti-terrorist technology under the 2002 SAFETY (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act. The Department of Homeland Security designation is retroactive to July 2002. According to M/A-COM, the IP-based NetworkFirst system is the first LMR technology to receive the designation.

The SAFETY Acts limits the liability of qualified entities concerning claims resulting from a terrorist act. To qualify, technologies must be designed specifically to prevent or identify terrorist acts or to limit the harm caused by them, M/A-COM said.

The law provides “significant protections” to M/A-COM and its suppliers, subcontractors and customers in the event of a lawsuit stemming from a terrorist event, according to JoAnne Dalton, M/A-COM's director of industry marketing for wireless systems.