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QinetiQ subsidiary Boldon James Demonstrates Tactical Messenger


As part of its continuing product development and laboratory testing, Boldon James has announced a successful implementation of its Tactical Messenger product using non IP based radios

Boldon James, a leading provider of secure information exchange solutions and a wholly-owned QinetiQ subsidiary, today announced a successful laboratory implementation of its Tactical Messenger solution with the Park Air Systems U/VHF 3000 series radio – widely used by armed forces around the globe.

Tactical Messenger is a solution designed to specifically address the requirement of STANAG 4406 Annex E. Primarily designed to provide a solution for electronic messaging in low bandwidth and high latency environments, Tactical Messenger also provides connectivity for those military units that deploy in emission control (EMCON) environments including areas where radio silence is critical.

The implementation at Boldon James’ Crewe laboratories comprises Windows PC’s configured with its SAFEmail client software, a STANAG 5066 server and a software modem. This solution is then connected to Park-Air Systems’ U/VHF 3000 series of military radios. Message exchange is achieved by using an ACP142 compliant X.400 message transfer agent and P7 connector.

Having successfully proven a COTS solution for STANAG 4406 Annex E messaging working with a non IP based radio, Boldon James will now showcase this solution at a number of upcoming exhibitions; the first of which is the Defendory exhibition in Greece (7-11th October 2008).

“Implementation of STANAG 4406 Annex E solutions is a complex business, even more so when the radios aren’t IP enabled,” comments Kieron Sambrook-Smith, Boldon James’ Sales and Marketing Director. “By carrying out the integration work ourselves, Boldon James significantly de-risks the implementation for our customers; enabling them to achieve electronic messaging in a tactical environment whether they have IP based radios or not.”


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