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29 Nov 07. General Dynamics C4 Systems’ Sectera vIPer Phone has been certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) to protect classified communications via voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks at the Top Secret level and below. Compliant with the U.S. government sponsored Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP), the vIPer Phone is also interoperable with
existing SCIP secure communication devices, including Secure Terminal
Equipment (STE), Sectera phones and terminals. The Sectera vIPer Phone must
be used in conjunction with the appropriate VoIP network gateway to achieve
interoperability with existing SCIP devices. Network compatibility for the vIPer phone includes the Cisco Skinny Client Control Protocol (SCCP) today and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) in a future enhancement. The SCCP and SIP protocols are two common network configurations for U.S. military and government VoIP networks, enabling vIPer phone users from federal agencies to tactical operation centers to have secure VoIP communications.
05 Dec 07. Harris Corporation successfully demonstrated its new Falcon(R) III multiband manpack radio during a 10-day U.S. Army exercise that focused on integrating new networking technologies into the Patriot missile communications system. The U.S. Army exercise is part of a transformational Army program
designed to prepare Patriot to be part of the next-generation Army
Integrated Air & Missile Defense – System of Systems. The Harris(R) Falcon III manpack is a wideband tactical radio that provides secure Internet Protocol data to the tactical Internet at on-air rates of up to 10 Megabits per second (Mbps). As part of the exercise, the U.S. Army deployed the Falcon III manpack to provide on-the-move networking of high-bandwidth voice and data.
04 Dec 07. Submarine CESM system heads for formal acceptance. Sea trials for the latest Eddystone software (the ground-breaking Communications Electronic Support Measures [CESM] system for submarines, designed, developed, installed and supported by through-life defence support specialist Babcock Marine in Devonport), are due to take place this month, following successful completion of final shore-based proving trials earlier this year. If successful, the completion of sea trials will mark Eddystone’s formal acceptance into service.
Eddystone was first operationally deployed on submarines in 2005 with initial software to prove the capability of the system and suitability for service. The new software (issue 1.1) provides the full capability. Trials in June this year in the United States and the formal trial at the Shore Communications Unit in August have included the proving of previously untested capabilities of the system. As a software intensive programme which makes full use of technology at the forefront of the commercial sector, Eddystone can be readily updated through technology refresh or to achieve capability insertion, allowing leading-edge performance to be retained through-life at minimum cost. Equally, a COTS-based open architecture design ensures that the system can be fully supported with the latest available technology, enabling hardware obsolescence issues to be addressed cost-effectively through life.
04 Dec 07. GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms today announced the ICS-8560 rugged XMC/PMC digital transmitter module. Designed for use with the company’s V4DSP 6U VME FPGA/PowerPC digital signal processing platform, the ICS-8560 offers two channel operation with sampling frequencies up to 400 MHz. Featuring the Xilinx Virtex-4 (FX60 or FX100) FPGA in combination with onboard DAC (Digital-Analog Conversion) resources, the ICS-8560 allows VHF waveforms to be processed and converted directly on the XMC module. “The ICS-8560 provides a unique combination of high sample rate, two channels, a high capacity FPGA and an XMC 8-lane interface to deliver optim