Telewave marks 30th anniversary
Telewave, San Jose, Calif., celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.
Founded in 1972, Telewave operated in two buildings in Mountain View, Calif., until relocating in January 2002 to a new San Jose facility that the company designed.
Telewave traces its roots to work that its president, Ray Collins, conducted in the early 1970s in the San Francisco Bay area to resolve radio interference and to “clean up” antenna sites.
“Collins’ leadership is the driving force behind Telewave, and the company developed a reputation as a provider of high-quality, interference-free communications for SMR and repeater customers,” said Will Galloway, a Telewave spokesman.
More recently, a large part of the company’s success and continued growth has resulted from close relationships with public safety agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the California Division of Forestry, the Nevada Highway Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration. Telewave also works with the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard, Galloway said.
“The company also develops and maintains new markets. In the Philippines, Telewave combiners and antennas provide the backbone for wireless local loop radiotelephone systems, and the company has aggressively expanded its presence in overseas markets by appointing authorized distributors and agents in more 100 countries,” Galloway said.
Galloway said that, even during the current downturn in the economy, Telewave focuses on customer satisfaction and support. He said that system engineers are on call to handle emergencies and any other problems that may arise.
“The recent move allows us to offer even better service to customers and allows us to take advantage of greater efficiency in operations, improved collaboration between sales, engineering and production and high-speed networking facilities to allow rapid, CAD-based design,” Galloway said.
Collins said that Telewave is considered a leader in the research and development field.
“Up to 20 percent of our budget goes to research and development, and that exceeds the tax credit limit. Although we develop new products every year, we also still make most of the original products that we began with. The demand is still there, and we are happy to fill it,” Collins said.