About Us


Televate delivers innovative communications and information technology solutions providing our country’s first responders and the organizations that support them with the communications tools they need, when they need them!

Focused on interoperability, leading technology and collaboration, Televate was founded in the wake of September 11th’s alarming exposure of public safety communications deficiencies. We have evolved in partnership with the first responder community to become one of the nation’s leading communications solutions companies, delivering innovative interoperable voice and data communications and information technology (IT) services for public safety and homeland security organizations, state and local government agencies, public authorities and critical infrastructure industries.

Our philosophy is to provide our clients with the most innovative, cost-effective, sustainable communications solutions available today. We stand by our customers as partners from start to finish. Our engineers will help your organization identify its communications needs while our grant specialists will identify funding sources to make your goals a reality. We will develop and program manage a strategic project plan customized to your organization, and work tirelessly to ensure your organization’s first responders have the world’s best communications technology at their fingertips.

Our Team

Televate professionals are a diverse staff of mission critical communications experts that have amassed tremendous experience supporting local, state and federal agencies, public authorities, and others on numerous varied communications programs. We also provide a host of specialized technical and programmatic management consulting services, in areas such as communications planning, standard operating procedures (SOP), Concept of Operations (ConOps), and Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) development to the public safety and critical infrastructure industry.

Televate Staff

Rick Burke : Managing Partner

Rick Burke

Managing Partner

With over 38 years of experience in wireless telecommunications and information technology, Rick Burke has extensive experience with land mobile radio, wireless broadband system engineering, and information technology within the Public Safety industry, and in implementing large scale interoperable voice and data communications networks for city, state, and federal government organizations. Over the past 12 years, Rick has supported wireless broadband network design, governance, and business modeling, and has managed multiple 700 MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless broadband assessments for regional and statewide public safety communications programs in multiple States.

Rick is also accomplished in all facets of mission critical network capital investment and operational cost modeling and assessment, and in facilitating network operational governance and cost sharing analysis.  Additional experiences include leading facilitated workshops to guide tactical mission critical communications assessment and solutions to enhance public safety voice and data communications. Rick has also authored tactical communication plans, standard operating procedures, statewide communications interoperable plans, and numerous professional publications. Rick has BA in Geography from Rowan University, and completed the MS program in Geography at the University of Tennessee.

Joe Ross : Senior Partner

Joe Ross

Senior Partner

Joe Ross is a performance-driven executive with over 25 years of experience in communications and information technology with nationally recognized wireless system expertise. He led the first public safety 700 MHz broadband deployment in the U.S. and was an instrumental leader in the first campaigns to secure 700 MHz broadband spectrum for public safety.  He served as program manager for a number of successful public safety network and application deployments providing comprehensive technical, financial, and administrative management for highly complex programs.  He recently chaired the Assessment of Future Spectrum and Technology Working Group for the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Technology Committee that was created to provide the follow up to the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee report of 1996.  He consults to a number of clients regarding mission critical wireless networks and applications.