Annapolis firm accepts NIH contract TCS to provide computers as part of $100 million deal

5-year commitment

Pact may result in significant hiring 'across the board'

August 19, 1996|By Mark Guidera | Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF

TeleCommunication Systems Inc., an Annapolis-based information systems integrator, has been awarded a $100 million contract to supply computer imaging and other equipment for a project the National Institutes of Health believes will trim cost and time from the way it buys computer imaging equipment.

The five-year contract is the largest the privately held federal contractor has been awarded since its founding in 1987, said Dan Buan, marketing manager for Imaging Systems at TCS.

It should result in significant hiring "across the board so we can build the infrastructure to support this contract," he said. However, the company, which had 1995 revenues of $40 million, does not yet have projections on how many jobs could be created.

Jobs that likely will be created by the contract include program managers, technical engineers and contract purchasing experts, Buan said.

The company, which has about 350 employees nationwide, 125 of them at the Annapolis headquarters, won the federal contract bid partly on the strength of its team of subcontractors, said NIH officials.

TCS's technology team, said Buan, includes Kodak, IBM, Wang, Cambridge Imaging Technology, and Comark Government and Education Sales, a high-volume distributor of computer components.

The Johns Hopkins University also was asked to join the team because of its expertise in medical document imaging technology and its understanding of meeting NIH contract requirements. Hopkins is one of the largest NIH grant recipients in the state and nation.

Under the contract, the TCS team will design, supply and install an integrated computer system for a project NIH has dubbed "ImageWorld," a procurement system that will allow government administrators at NIH and other federal agencies to order imaging and other sophisticated technologies online.

Imaging technologies, a key technology for much of NIH's work, allows print, photographs, medical documents such as CAT scans and X-rays, and other documents to be digitized and stored and accessed electronically.

The TCS team, said Buan, will supply computer systems and components for medical and document imaging, as well as information management and communication needs. The team will also provide consulting, training and maintenance services.

A key feature of the contract: an online catalog found at a World Wide Web site on the Internet where products can be ordered.

"In effect, we're bringing the full-service department store to the virtual mall,` said Buan.

Manny De Vera, director of NIH's computer acquisition center, said ImageWorld will offer NIH "a very credible and painless one-stop shopping resource."

ImageWorld, he said, would allow federal agencies to cut the time and cost of their procurements and free NIH employees to focus on their work.

Pub Date: 8/19/96

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