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Fortress Technologies to Support Development of Prototype Mobile Ad Hoc Wireless Network


Company to Partner with Naval Sea Systems Command on $1.4 Million Grant Program

TAMPA, Fla. – Apr. 2008 – Fortress Technologies, a leading provider of security and secure wireless solutions, today announced that it has been selected to assist in the development and delivery of a prototype mobile ad hoc wireless network for deployment in the wireless tactical battlespace. Partnering with the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Dam Neck – a component of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) – Fortress will execute the delivery of the prototype protocol system, which includes a complete mesh network, under the $1.4 million grant program titled “Secure, Robust Tactical Wireless ‘Mesh’ Network.”

“‘Meshing’ provides a local area network that enables direct connectivity between wireless devices and a centralized network,” said Roger W. Kuhn Jr., Senior Project Engineer (Networks/IA) who will serve as the U.S. government trusted agent providing oversight to this project. “This capability will better enable our military to transmit and receive voice, video, and data in a deployed environment. Additionally, it will provide converged networking support on the battlefield through resilient, high performance communications. This is a critical project for the future of the warfighter.”

Issued by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the grant is for the development of 10 prototype secure wireless bridges with software modifications to support advanced meshing capabilities. These environmentally-ruggedized, secure wireless bridges will support an improved form of Tactical Mobile Peer-to-Peer or Ad Hoc wireless networks (MANet) for deployment in the mobile, wireless tactical battlespace.

“NSWC Dam Neck’s mission is to provide innovative capabilities by delivering force-level integrated and interoperable product solutions to the maritime, joint, special warfare, and information operation domains,” said Janet Kumpu, President of Fortress. “Directly supporting this mission, the technical capability derived from this project will extend access of critical data to vehicles and people on the move, putting information into the hands of the warfighter on the battlefield. This grant, coupled with several other focused wireless programs, is enabling the Navy to satisfy their mission by leveraging Fortress based solutions. We are very excited to be working with Mr. Kuhn and NSWC Dam Neck on this important grant project.”

The project will use the Fortress Secure Wireless Bridge as the platform for prototype development. The Fortress Secure Wireless Bridge is an all-in-one network access device with built-in Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 validated security. Fortress Secure Wireless Bridges are ideally suited to work as self-contained networks combining the functions of a wireless access point, Ethernet switch, and security gateway in a form factor engineered specifically for harsh outdoor environments.


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