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At Technical Evaluation & Development Services, LLC, (T.E.D.S) we are focused on providing radio communications facility audits and development services with the highest levels of integrity, professionalism, and customer satisfaction. We will do everything we can to enhance your compliance awareness and exceed your expectations.

Knowledge and Experience

T.E.D.S Founder and President, Ted Sumners has 30 years experience serving the federal government and commercial wireless sectors. Ted has designed, installed, maintained, and inspected mission essential communications systems for the U.S. Army, Fortune 500 companies, and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Decades of experience have produced an in-depth knowledge of the fundamental characteristics required to increase the functionality, durability, and safety of wireless communications systems. Ted Sumners, authors, contributes, and maintains numerous land mobile radio (LMR) facility design standards for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) including:

  • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) -" Radio Electronic Site Survey Instrument" (Author - 2003 to 2014)
  • DOI - Bureau of Land Management - "Standard Radio Facility Design" (Author -2011 to 2014)
  • DOI - Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - "Radio Facility Design Crosswalk Document" (Author - 2012 to 2014)
  • BLM - "Dispatch and Field Office Grounding and Bonding Standards" (Author - 2012 to 2014)
  • Author and Manager:
  • FirstNet "Requirements for Public Safety Grade Radio Sites" - APCO Broadband Committee - Public Safety Grade
  • Subcommittee (Committee Member - 2013 to 2014)
  • "Your Guide to Successful Site Inspections" - Radio Resource - Mission Critical Communications magazine -
  • (Co-author - August 2013)
  • IWCE 2014 - Operations & Maintenance of Your Communications Systems: "Cutting Costs or Cutting Corners" -

Satisfied Customers Say:

"The expertise Ted Sumners has brought to the radio infrastructure inspection program I manage is one of the reason why the Department of the Interior's radio program views what the BLM is doing as the gold standard for the rest of the Department. Ted Sumners' knowledge and attention to detail are his greatest strengths. While out in the field Ted is able to communicate complex issues that impact the safety and reliability of a radio facility to personnel in such a manner that they better understand not only what has to be done to improve the site, but why those improvements are necessary". <Ken Morin, P.E. - BLM CASHE Program Lead>

"Ted was part of a team that led the successful collection of DOI radio system baseline information by planning, scheduling, and conducting radio site audits of 87 DOI radio repeater sites in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and the Colorado River corridor through a combination of onsite visits and the evaluation of existing technical documentation. These site assessments were concluded on time and under travel budget. My first experience with Ted was during the July presentation of his “plan of attack” for completing site inspections. Ted had mapped out the site visits (to the hour) and had investigated the cost of travel down to the specific cost of accommodations and mileage per trip. I have worked in this business for many years and thought I was organized – well Ted certainly “schooled” me (in a very positive way!!). As they say, the “devil is in the details” and the “proof was in the pudding”!! If ever there was proof to the saying “measure twice and cut once”, Ted is a living example for the value of experience and orientation to detail". <Kim Soares - PMP Infrastructure Services Division (ISD), Service Delivery Organization (SD)Office of the CIO (OCIO), U.S. Dept of the Interior (DOI)>