Friday, 9 August 2013

FREQUENTIS Outlines Highly Available Voice Communications System

Austrian FREQUENTIS provided details of its iSecCOM voice communications system that has been designed for safety-critical environments. Due to its flexibility and scalability, iSecCOM can be used in command and control as well as military air traffic control. The system is employed in stationary, deployable, and mobile configurations, with the solution based on mission-proofed components that are in use with Control and Reporting Centres (CRC) of the German Air Force for years. iSecCOM is a completely IP-based system, connecting command posts and air control centres with nationwide radio sites including remote control of tactical radios that can be integrated in existing IP-based wide-area networks such as WANBw (WAN Bundeswehr). The system integrates all sorts of encryption methods available on the market, thus allowing an encrypted transmission from the operator on the ground to the pilot. The operator position itself allows simultaneous monitoring of both security domains using a single headset and a touch-entry device. The headset is connected to a certified (Common Criteria EAL 4+) audio switch, which enables and guarantees call separation from and to the different security domains (red/black separation).
iSecCOM is characterised by four core features:
1. Interoperability: standardised voice-over-IP communications (ED-137) and networking (ED-138)
2. Security: certified components for secure/non-secure voice communications (CC EAL4+)
3. Reliability: proven technology and long-term experience to maintain a 99.99999 percent availability
4. Cost Efficiency: COTS-based, scalable system architecture for mission tailoring.
The certification process was concluded in July by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) as part of the long-term cooperation between FREQUENTIS and the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support.

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