July 1, 2016
Washington. VTCSecure announced the successful completion of their contract with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to design and build a standards-based, open source application to provide interoperable video, voice and text for Video Relay Service (VRS) users on their Apple iOS and Android mobile devices and Mac and Windows desktop operating systems. The contract was awarded by the FCC in May, 2015, and VTCSecure designed and built the ACE APP, as the application is known, in less than 12 months. The contract was completed on time and on budget in May, 2016.
“The FCC had the vision to demand an interoperable, standards based, open source application to improve functional equivalence for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community” said Peter Hayes, CEO of VTCSecure. “VTCSecure is proud to have been chosen and we delivered the ACE APP in record time. Now we are looking forward to working with companies and governments globally to deliver on the next phase, which is to use the open source ACE APP as a foundation to provide new services and continued improvement in functional equivalence for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind and Low Vision communities.”
VTCSecure has already built a Personal Universal Communicator (PUC) that is powered by the ACE APP software. VTCSecure is using a version of PUC combined with its SOLVES automated video call distribution system to offer companies and government agencies a cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS) that enables them to easily set up secure deaf to deaf call centers that can improve functional equivalence for ASL speakers and provide jobs for the Deaf community.
In addition to providing advanced voice, video and real-time text functionality for deaf to deaf call centers, the SOLVES software as a service platform can be used to provide cost effective, next generation 911 service for local, state and Federal government use. SOLVES can be used with PUC to create a secure overlay emergency services network that provides GPS location information, video and real-time text capability, and the ability to bridge on ASL or foreign language interpreters without delay using existing networks and communications devices. “Most importantly,” Peter Hayes continued, “the SOLVES emergency services solution provides GPS, video, and real time text capabilities for everyone, including people with disabilities, to meet next generation requirements today.”
Disclaimer: This disclaimer is required by Contract Number FCC15C0008. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not reviewed or approved any statement in this document for accuracy or validity. The FCC and its employees do not endorse goods or services provided by this firm or any other firm, except as allowed by provisions of law that do not apply here.