Isode CEO, Steve Kille, will be presenting at the next meeting of the HFIA in Munich on 14 September.
Some of our friends from Cadmidium and Ask IT's Done Ltd visited Isode recently, bringing with them some RapidM HF Data Modems and three HF Radios for a day testing messaging and applications over HF radio.
We had a set up with three HF radios (a Yaesu FT817, a Yaesu FT847 and an Icom IC-7200) and Military Grade RM6 Modems from RapidM. We used small aerials, using very low power ground wave. Tests were done with STANAG 4539 (NAT0 3G) Waveforms mostly operating at 600 bits per second. Link level used the RapidM STANAG 5066 servers and Isode STANAG 5066 clients.
Isode CEO, Steve Kille, gave a presentation yesterday to the High Frequency Industry Association meeting in San Diego (part of the Armed Forces Communication Electronics Association's "AFCEA West" Convention), the subject:
Since the initial launch of Isode's XMPP server M-Link, we've noted a great deal of interest in instant messaging and presence from the Military and Government sectors.
Responding to this interest, we've created a new vertical solutions page on the Isode website which looks at how XMPP solutions in general and M-Link in particular meet military and government requirements, covering:
You can find the page, XMPP Instant Messaging & Presence Solutions for Military & Government, by following the link.
Isode Partner Boldon James, a QinetiQ subsidiary, has announced a successful implementation of its Tactical Messenger product using non IP based radios.
The press release is reproduced in its entirety below, those readers with some knowledge of Isode's product set will be able to figure out where we fit in.
BOLDON JAMES DEMONSTRATES TECTICAL MESSENGER
Maidenhead, Berkshire, U.K. – 9th September 2008 – Boldon James, a leading provider of secure information exchange solutions and a wholly-owned QinetiQ subsidiary, today announced a successful laboratory implementation of its Tactical Messenger solution with the Park Air Systems U/VHF 3000 series radio – widely used by armed forces around the globe.
Tactical Messenger is a solution designed to specifically address the requirement of STANAG 4406 Annex E. Primarily designed to provide a solution for electronic messaging in low bandwidth and high latency environments, Tactical Messenger also provides connectivity for those military units that deploy in emission control (EMCON) environments including areas where radio silence is critical.
The implementation at Boldon James’ Crewe laboratories comprises Windows PC’s configured with its SAFEmail client software, a STANAG 5066 server and a software modem. This solution is then connected to Park-Air Systems’ U/VHF 3000 series of military radios. Message exchange is achieved by using an ACP142 compliant X.400 message transfer agent and P7 connector.
Having successfully proven a COTS solution for STANAG 4406 Annex E messaging working with a non IP based radio, Boldon James will now showcase this solution at a number of upcoming exhibitions; the first of which is the Defendory exhibition in Greece (7-11th October 2008).
“Implementation of STANAG 4406 Annex E solutions is a complex business, even more so when the radios aren’t IP enabled,” comments Kieron Sambrook-Smith, Boldon James’ Sales and Marketing Director. “By carrying out the integration work ourselves, Boldon James significantly de-risks the implementation for our customers; enabling them to achieve electronic messaging in a tactical environment whether they have IP based radios or not.”
About Boldon James - Boldon James, a wholly-owned QinetiQ subsidiary since October 2007, has over 20 years’ experience specialising in secure messaging solutions tailored to meet the formal information exchange requirements of the worldwide defence and secure government sectors. Its Version 3 Secure Information Exchange architecture now provides a suite of Microsoft commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) functional extensions across the Unified Communications collaboration and conferencing suite, resulting in solutions with a low total cost of ownership (TCO) and significantly reduced deployment risk. Boldon James is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and exclusive 'Global Go To Market Partner for Secure Messaging'. www.boldonjames.com
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Modern military communications are a key component of Network Centric Warfare. HF Radios are used extensively for military communications, and, although very slow, provide effective long distance communication in a wide range of situations.
A new whitepaper on the Isode website looks at how HF Radio fits with Network Centric Warfare, and looks at approaches for integrating HF Radios to maximize their effectiveness.
XMPP is the eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol, which is the Internet Standard for Instant Messaging, Real Time Messaging and Presence. On January 16th, the sale of an XMPP client and server solution by jabber.com to the US Marines for 280,000 users was announced.
This large sale ties in with XMPP activity at lead US Military groups such as JFCOM (Joint Forces Command) and SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) (more).
XMPP is also now included in US DoD IT Standards Register as Mandatory.
There is a clear trend towards the US military broadly adopting XMPP, which will have impact on Instant Messaging choices being made by other parts of the US Government as well as military organizations worldwide. We believe that this announcement is further confirmation that Isode's own Instant Messaging product development strategy and our choice of XMPP is the right one.
Isode Partner Boldon James have announced that they've won a large Military Messaging Handling System (MMHS) contract that includes components from Isode.
Our Military Messaging components are something that we've put a lot of work into and it's nice to be able to semi-publicly acknowledge a sale in a market that is understandably reticent about releasing details of sensitive contracts. Although even with this contract we're not allowed to say which 'European Ministry of Defence' the contract is for.
The details of the contract, which is being delivered via Hewlett Packard can be found on the Boldon James website here.
Our congratulations go to Boldon James, together with our hopes for many more successes of this type.