Originally published by Adam Stone in C4iSR magasine
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.
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.
Over the past few months, we have seen a number of disasters that have happened all over this country. As I have read the reports and the articles about these events, I keep seeing a common thread that has been a serious issue in all of them, communications.
Topics: radio interoperability, radio gateway, Radio interoperability gateway, Hurricane Irma communications, Hurricane Harvey Communications, Command and Control, Rapidly deployable communications, USAR, Communications backup system
Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office, located in New-Hampshire, US., answers more than 47,000 calls annually. They serve a community of 75,000 people in an area that covers over 7,000 square miles divided into 23 towns.
Topics: public safety communications, Incident Commander, Sheriff Office, Mutual aid operations, Mobile radios, Tactical Communications, Radio interoperability gateway, Mobile Command Trailer, Cross-agency interoperability, Communications trailer, Law enforcement communications