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Bridging the interoperability gap (PART 1)

Posted by Base Camp Connect on May 30, 2019

Originally published by Adam Stone in C4iSR magasine and underwritten by REDCOM

Advances in technology are helping to break down the barriers to telecommunications interoperability that have long stymied military planners. These advances greatly improve military communications capabilities, providing unprecedented situational awareness, better security and broader options for virtually every communications scenario.

While today’s military boasts a range of telecommunications technologies, compatibility issues can arise. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), time-division multiplexing (TDM), satellite communications, cellular, tactical radios, SCIP cryptographic devices, Wi-Fi and WiMAX: All are useful, but they don’t always play well together. This can have harmful tactical consequences. In a battlefield scenario, for example, it is unacceptable for the front line to lose contact with the command center.

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Topics: multi-agency communciations, radio interoperability, Radio interoperability gateway, interoperability issues, radio function, Military

SECURE RADIO COMMUNICATIONS FOR A SECURE WORLD: CONNECTING TOGETHER WITH DIFFERENT ENCRYPTION KEYS

Posted by Base Camp Connect on May 8, 2019

 

Ensuring secure voice, data and radio communications between NATO allies in a common theatre of operation can be a difficult, even impossible task in forward operations. As encryption codes are secret, country-specific and are not shared, collaborating without risking eavesdropping from unwanted entities is a real threat.

NATO has 29 member nations, and each has circumstances that change from year to year. Geopolitical shifts can mean that a ‘friendly’ country cannot be considered as such permanently. For this reason, sharing encryption keys carries its weight of potential future risks, and understandably, countries want to maintain their independence as much as possible.

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Topics: radio communication, radio, radio interoperability, radio gateway, Tactical Communications, Radio interoperability gateway, interoperability issues, Military

Radio Interoperability Solutions: Where to Start?

Posted by Base Camp Connect on January 18, 2018

'‘I’d like to have a simple solution to patch our radios with neighboring agencies who are on different frequencies when I need it - that’s my primary need.’'

We often hear a variation of this statement, so we thought we’d write a series on the most common conversations we have with public safety agencies. In this first part, we will cover what we consider to be a representative meeting of the radio needs, and everything else will be covered in a separate post.

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Topics: radio gateway, radio use, interoperability issues, MCPTT, PTT, proprietary shared system

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