EADS Defence & Security selects IBM to Improve Network Operations for Public Safety

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ARMONK, NY - 29 Jul 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced EADS Defence & Security will embed IBM Tivoli Netcool software to improve network operations for mission critical and public safety networks including police, fire and rescue services, border guards and other civil security clients.

IBM Tivoli Netcool software will be integrated in the EADS service management platform for multi-technology PMR (private mobile radio) solutions: TETRA, TETRAPOL and P25 radio networks, IP core, transmission equipments and application platforms.

 “IBM is seeing a significant increase in the number of partners embedding IBM middleware into their own products to deliver higher value solutions,” said Joao Perez, vice president worldwide sales, Tivoli Software IBM. “IBM provides companies like EADS with world-class technology at what will be a lower cost to them relative to trying to create these technologies on their own.”

 A significant part of IBM's growth strategy with its software business are OEM (original equipment manufacturing) agreements, through which vendors are embedding IBM software inside of their own products to develop new solutions that meet their specific customer needs. IBM's software OEM strategy offers a non-traditional approach to generating revenue for both ISVs as well as IBM.

 IBM Tivoli Netcool software has been selected by more than 1,000 service providers globally. The software helps service providers manage service quality and reduce operational costs and time to market. IBM software helps service providers address emerging opportunities in next-generation network transformation, fixed/mobile convergence, and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) deployment.

 Independent analyst firm OSS Observer, an Analysis Mason Company, has ranked IBM as the worldwide leader in telecommunications software revenue for the overall service assurance market (1).

 IBM develops and delivers smart systems that capture data from myriad instrumented and interconnected processes, devices and objects, and applies intelligence to detect patters and take action in real time. For more information on IBM's Smarter Public Safety capabilities visit, http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/topics/public-safety/20090330/index.shtml?&re=spf

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1 (1) OSS Observer, “Service Assurance Market Overview” by Patrick Kelly, May 2008.