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Wireless security Last month’s DSEi show at London’s ExCeL centre was the largest ever, with 30 national pavilions and 1391 exhibiting companies


Matt Conder reports on product innovations and developments in wireless communications on display at last month’s Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition, which took place at London’s ExCeL centre


Secure mobile networks for disaster zones D


emonstrating its new, secure mobile communications


solution, Mobile IP Node, at this year’s DSEi was Cassidian, the defence and security wing of the EADS group. Claimed to be the fi rst “truly


secure” mobile IP (Internet Proto- col) node, the system is designed to improve voice, data and video communications for military and emergency response in a variety of situations such as post natural disaster operations. T e node itself has no built-in radio capability, but is designed to optimize and maintain wireless networks with- out technical intervention. “Mobile IP Node is our secure,


interoperable communications solution, designed to help emer- gency services and military create and maintain their ad hoc mobile network”, explained technical lead Christopher O’Shea, on the EADS stand. “Mobile IP Node may be deployed in disaster relief situa-


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tions where fi xed infrastructure has been knocked out. T is will allow the emergency response units to roll out into an area and set up a full, secure mobile ad hoc net- work, allowing them to effi ciently and eff ectively save lives. “An example where this might


be used in military is to maintain communications between multiple vehicles – both airborne and ground borne – when away from fi xed infrastructure. T is can be done securely and eff ectively to increase the effi ciency of your troops. “Mobile IP Node diff ers from


current and past technologies on the market by off ering decreased size, decreased weight, and de- creased power consumption. T is allows you to easily and rapidly integrate it into your vehicles, and also off ers greater security – based on the Ectocryp product line.” Mobile IP Node is aimed at


combating the congestion prob- lems suff ered by existing military and emergency services commu-


On show at DSEi, EADS’s Mobile IP Node for resilient data communications


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nication technology during peak traffi c or in extreme weather by taking a holistic view of all routes from sender to receiver. After considering external conditions, message fi le size, priority, security level and physical location, it uses decision engines to select an opti- mum route based on user-defi ned parameters. File sizes can be scaled down automatically or manually to ensure delivery – a fi rst in the history of secure wireless commu- nications, says Cassidian.


More Cormorant T e company also announced an extension to its service contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for the Cormorant communica- tions system until December 2012. T is system, which has recently


been in operation with the Royal Air Force during the confl icts in Afghanistan and Libya, is a secure, deployable, modular LAN/WAN voice and data network used for tactical command purposes.


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