Persistent Systems’ Embedded Module, a low-size, -weight and -power mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) unit for sensors and unmanned vehicles, received a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 security validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This achievement confirms that all Persistent's main products have achieved this level of validation, increasing usability for users with nonnegotiable requirements for FIPS 140-2 Level 2. FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation means the Embedded Module not only meets its Level 1 cryptographic data security requirement, but it also has in place physical security mechanisms, such as tamper-evidence, allowing it to handle sensitive data transmission.
The company’s suite of Wave Relay MANET products meet information assurance requirements in any use case, whether it is a person carrying an MPU5 or an Embedded Module built into a UAV, UGV, or sensor. Reportedly, Persistent products have consistently met strict security requirements, with every product achieving both Level 1 and Level 2 FIPS 140-2 validation.
Persistent's principal product is the handheld MPU5 MANET radio. The MPU5 allows users to transmit and relay voice, video, text, and sensor data in a true peer-to-peer fashion, without the need for external communications infrastructure. In July, it received its FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Security validation. The Embedded Module, now likewise validated, delivers the same data networking capabilities, but in a smaller form factor, which can be built into an unmanned aircraft, ground robot or sensor.
Certificate numbers and information for each FIPS 140-2 validated Wave Relay MANET product are as follows:
- Certificate #3183 – MPU5 – Level 1
- Certificate #3234 – MPU5 – Level 2
- Certificate #3180 – Embedded Module – Level 1
- Certificate #3259 – Embedded Module – Level 2
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