Leader in Public Safety Communications™

About ACD Telecom

Since its inception in March, 1998, ACD Telecom, LLC has become a nationally recognized telecommunications consulting firm specializing in public safety communications. The unique nature of ACD Telecom’s personnel, technical, management, and leadership experience of almost 40 years positions ACD Telecom to provide premier consulting services to public safety agencies.

ACD Telecom offers a comprehensive range of radio communications design and implementation expertise to the Public Safety Communications community.


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Maria Shahnami

Maria Shahnami – President

As the President of ACD Telecom, Maria has worked on over 42 public safety agencies’ projects throughout the U.S. and its territories. For the past 25 years, Maria has been advocating public safety needs with various Federal Government agencies, such as, but not limited to, FCC, FEMA, NTIA on spectrum needs, interoperability requirements (700/800MHz channels), VTAC and UTAC frequencies.

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Ali Shahnami
Vice President

Ali Shahnami - Vice President

Ali currently holds public safety communications systems contracts across the United States. He is the lead project manager and consultant for 800 MHz rebanding projects throughout the United States. Mr. Shahnami has over 38 years of extensive experience and knowledge of FCC policies, rules and regulations, and spectrum management. He also has a strong background in public safety wireless system design. He has participated in many public safety projects on the national level, having served as the lead APCO headquarters representative for Project 25, along with being a member and chairman of various other groups and committees.

Ali has been advocating public safety needs with FCC and NTIA on assorted items, such as, but not limited to, spectrum for LMR, cellular networks coverage and speed analysis and wireless broadband systems. Ali has a vast background and knowledge in coverage testing and analysis of cellular and wireless broadband networks design and implementation for local government agencies. He has been performing extensive outreach and education seminars for local government agencies on broadband technology, spectrum usage, FCC proceedings, federal government grant (BIL, BEAD, etc.), developing 5-year plan to work with state agencies in charge of NTIA allocated broadband funds to the states. He earned his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from the University of Central Florida

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Bob Yeager
Project Manager

Bob Yeager - Project Manager

Bob has spent the previous 26 years directly involved with Project Management. The problem solving, leadership, and management skills Bob has developed and has honed through his experience translate to address the project needs of ACD Telecom’s public safety and government clients. Bob uses his extensive history and knowledge to work with customers overseeing system design, vendor activity, and accomplishing the daily project tasks essential to deploying successful public safety communications systems on time and on budget.

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John Haynes
Project Manager

John Haynes - Project Manager

John is responsible for system review, RFP development, proposal review and recommendation and acting as the client’s agent to oversee project implementation, testing, and acceptance for Public Safety technology projects. Prior to joining ACD John was the Deputy Director of Emergency Services in Chester County, Pa. In this role he was responsible for all public safety technology projects and operations. John has been an active NENA member. As chair of the contingency planning sub-committee his team developed documents to provide PSAPs with the tools to maintain operations during disaster situations. As chair or the PSAP Operations Committee, John led the development of the “Virtual PSAP” and “Devices and Sensors” documents as part of the NG911 initiative.

Jose Velez
Principal Tech Consultant

Jose Velez - Principal Technology Consultant

Jose specializes in translating ideas into highly available networks. His technical background is strongly rooted in wireless transport solutions and cyber security. His technical expertise has allowed him to successfully assess, analyze and develop system design specifications for multiple public safety and government organizations. Jose holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering with focus on computer and wireless networks. His industry certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Wireless Network Expert (CWNE #385), Security+, Six Sigma (Yellow Belt) and Lean IT.

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Jon Powell
RF Engineer

Jon Powell - RF Engineer

Jon has experience in Propagation analysis, FCC regulatory work, public safety communication systems and statistical analysis. His technical background is strongly rooted in efficient spectrum allocation. Jon specializes in P25 Public Safety Communications Systems. His strong regulatory background allows him to efficiently allocate and license frequency channels per FCC requirements.

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