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 Act provides 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.

In other news, M/A-COM has deployed a two-site simulcast radio system for the Salem, N.H., fire department that the company said would increase radio coverage and improve reliability. Pembroke, N.H.-based Wright Communications installed the system over the past six months.

Also, M/A-COM introduced the MAATSS0007, an RoHS-complaint 6-bit serial-controlled digital attenuator that offers monotonic performance from 50 MHz to 3 GHz and a total attenuation range of 34 decibels (dB) with a typical step size of 0.5 dB. It operates on a single 5V supply and a control voltage ranging from 3V to 5V.