Verizon Receives Public Safety Corporate Vital Link Award From Montgomery County, Maryland

  Verizon Receives Public Safety Corporate Vital Link Award From Montgomery
                               County, Maryland

PR Newswire

LAUREL, Md., March 15, 2013

LAUREL, Md., March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Each year since 1974, the
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce recognizes the police and law
enforcement officers, firefighters, rescue personnel and Department of
Corrections employees who dedicate their lives to protecting the people and
property of Maryland's most populated county. In addition to honoring
individual members of the public safety community for their valor and service,
the Chamber also recognizes a private-sector business for its role in helping
a public safety agency transform and advance its mission to meet 21^st-century
challenges.

This year's recipient of the Public Safety Corporate Vital Link Award is
Verizon. The company was nominated by Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin
for its contributions and partnerships with public safety and for its support
of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center.

Mike Maiorana, Verizon Wireless regional president noted, "As the son of a
police officer, I have extreme respect and personal understanding of the
sacrifices you who are charged with ensuring our safety and security make
every day. We're proud to put our technologies and solutions to work for
Montgomery County to help keep citizens safe."

Since the Montgomery County Family Justice Center (MCFJC) first opened in
2009, Verizon has contributed innovative technologies to help enhance victim
safety and improve communications. Among the technology solutions that
Verizon has donated to the MCFJC is videoconferencing equipment that connects
domestic violence victims who visit the Center with judges in the county
courthouse. As a result of this technology, victims have been able to receive
protective orders more quickly and from the safety, security and comfort of
the center, thus reducing the number of places a victim has to travel to for
services and eliminating the possibility of having to face her abuser in
court. The MCFJC reports that this technology has saved lives and transformed
the way the court system handles the issuing of initial Protective Orders.

The contributions from Verizon were funded, in part, through the company's
HopeLine® Phone Recycling Program, which collects used cell phones to be
recycled or sold and donates the proceeds in the form of cash grants and
pre-paid wireless phones to advocacy groups for use by survivors. Since 2001,
HopeLine has collected more than 10 million phones for recycling; kept over
200 tons of electronic wastes and batteries out of landfills; provided 151,000
free phones to victims needing a lifeline; and awarded nearly $18 million in
cash grants to local non-profit organizations. Additionally, funding to
support Center programs has been provided by the Verizon Foundation.

In addition to donating technology to enhance the safety of domestic violence
victims, Verizon partners with companies that provide innovative solutions to
the public safety community like Golden-i, a lightweight, self-contained
mobile wireless computing and communications device made by Kopin that relies
on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to provide a hands-free interface and
communication for police departments, paramedics and firefighters to help save
lives. Golden-i uses infrared technology to provide police officers night
vision, to help paramedics address patient medical conditions at night, and to
assist firefighters see through dense smoke, view schematics, see biometrics
of fellow squad members, and stream or receive video to and from a command
center.

Blueforce Tactical (BTAC) is another innovation that uses the power of the
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to help public safety, emergency medical,
national security and government agencies charged with protecting critical
infrastructure. The solution uses situational awareness and location-based
services both outside and inside of structures, along with personally attached
or unattended sensor data, to simultaneously permit secure information
exchange between wireless devices and networks.

Verizon is committed to delivering powerful solutions to enhance how we
communicate, live, and work. For more information on Verizon's public safety
solutions, visit: http://www22.verizon.com/powerfulanswers/.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest,
most reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.2 million retail customers,
including 92.5 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking
Ridge, N.J., with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a
joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE,
NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview
and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of
Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library
at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

SOURCE Verizon Wireless

Website: http://www.verizonwireless.com
Contact: MEDIA: Melanie Ortel, Verizon Wireless, +1-240-568-1429,
melanie.ortel@verizonwireless.com; Sherri Cunningham, +1-202-364-5856,
scunningham@starpower.net