Fortress to Aid Development of Ad Hoc Wireless Network

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire) - Fortress Technologies, a leading provider of security and secure wireless solutions, 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.

About Fortress Technologies
Fortress Technologies designs, develops and manufactures products that allow our customers to deploy secure wireless and wired networks that comply with stringent government policies. Fortress provides industry-leading security and wireless technologies that extend the reach of networks, bringing applications and information to those who need it, when and where they need it. Fortress enables immediate "on demand" secure voice, video and data communications virtually anywhere and across all wired or wireless transports including Wi-Fi (802.11), WiMAX (802.16), free space optics (FSO), Military RF, and satellite.

Fortress products are currently deployed in some of the world's most demanding environments, supporting vital operations that include deployable communications, disaster recovery and continuity of operations (DR COOP), perimeter and border security, outdoor wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, wireless video surveillance and vehicle networks.

For more information, visit the Forest Technologies Web site or call 813-288-7388.

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