Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems announced that its P7200 portable radios have been certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for deployment on its statewide radio network. The P7200 was tested in OpenSky mode for use on the statewide STARNET and passed the test criteria for use on the OpenSky Vehicular Tactical Network, or V-TAC, according to Tyco. Deployment of the radios to all state agencies will begin after January 1, 2009.

Infonetics Research’s report, Microwave Equipment Market Outlook, found that the fast-growing microwave-equipment market is being driven by the mobile backhaul market, with mobile operators increasingly opting for Ethernet microwave to serve rising mobile broadband traffic demands. The report said that driving the trend is the fact many cell-sites currently are not fiber-fed. As a result, microwave becomes an attractive backhaul solution because it does not incur recurring monthly charges like most T1/E1 lines.

ARINC Inc. and Impeva Labs announced that the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) has awarded the companies a contract to install and demonstrate their satellite-based, Next Generation Wireless Communications tracking, security, and monitoring capability. The system will monitor containerized shipments of arms, ammunition and explosives—including their locations and cargo conditions—and transmit the data over Iridium’s satellite network.

AssetWorks has signed a fleet-management software, hardware, hosting and implementation services contract with the State of Oklahoma’s Department of Central Services (DCS). The DCS will use the company’s Networkfleet’s telematic solutions for automatic vehicle location, which includes GPS tracking, automated odometer reading and integrated diagnostics. In addition, its FleetFocus will be used statewide for fleet-asset and maintenance management, according to the company.

Telos Corp., a provider of secure-networks, enterprise-messaging and identity-management solutions, landed a $13 million contract from the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency (AITA) for the installation of a Defense Message System. The company will integrate, operate and maintain a single, wireless messaging system capable of communications across three top-security levels, according to the company.