ACD Telecom, LLC & Public Safety Communications

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’s personnel, technical, management, and leadership experience over the past 30 years positions ACD to provide premier consulting services to public safety agencies.

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

ACD Core Team

Ali Shahnami, BSEE, MSEE – Vice President

Mr. Shahnami operates out of the primary ACD Telecom office located in Lake Mary, Florida. He 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 30 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. He earned his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from the University of Central Florida.

Devin Guth, Manager of NorthEast Operations

Mr. Guth has spent the previous 27 years directly involved with all aspects of emergency service agency management, and response to emergency incidents. The problem solving, leadership, and management skills Devin has developed and honed through his experience as a fire chief naturally translate to address the project needs of ACD’s public safety and government clients. Devin keeps projects on schedule and on budget with the limited resources that many agencies experience. Mr. Guth seeks to clearly understand our client’s objectives and goals, and then identifies the appropriate steps to reach it in the most efficient manner — an acknowledged cornerstone of good project management. Mr. Guth uses this extensive history and knowledge to work with ACD clients and vendors to accomplish project tasks that are essential to deploying successful communication and data systems.

Mike Johnson, Senior Broadband Consultant

Mike has over 30 years of extensive experience in wireless communications and broadband data network design. He uses his extensive history and knowledge to assist clients in accomplishing project planning and deliverables essential to deploying successful communications and data systems. His strengths include program management, requirements gathering, field testing, equipment evaluation, and analyzing complex design conceptions. He has also designed wireless broadband equipment for Point to Point, Point to Multipoint and Mesh Radio Networks. Mike holds 4 patents on spectrum sensing, channel coordination, and dynamic location information.

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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