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Fortress Technologies Supports USMC

February 24, 2009

The United States military is known for many technological advances that have been funded, developed, tested, and implemented and then release to the civilian sector through its divisions. One such invention is the personal computer.
Today, especially in this time of war, our military men and women overseas are greatly depend on technology to not only do their individual jobs but to do it efficiently and more importantly, with close to zero risks.
Fortress Technologies, a provider of secure wireless solutions, announced that it is supporting a Wireless Reach-Back (WRB) project for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Program Manager for Training Systems (PMTRASYS), in Orlando, Fla. WRB will provide wideband wireless capabilities in support of fixed and mobile users on USMC tactical training ranges, enabling them to pass critical information in a dynamic environment.

“The aim of the WRB project is to improve ground and air tracking capability on training ranges,” said Don Gunnell, Lead Project Engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. “This program provides voice, video and data communications to military personnel on the range – whether on foot or in vehicles – ensuring important information is being relayed during training exercises. WRB will make these exercises safer and more effective.”
Fortress teamed with Luxul Wireless, an innovator of patented high-performance wireless signal technologies, to enable the wireless signals to transmit over the 4.4 GHz band. Fortress’ Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) validated ES520 Secure Wireless Bridges were combined with Luxul Shock-WAV Frequency Translating Amplifiers (FTAs) to provide the secure wireless capability over the alternative spectrum.
“ES520s will be placed in National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) enclosures on towers on five mountain tops and other fixed user locations across the first training range,” said Dana Kuntz, Vice President, Federal Sales, Fortress.
“Combined with the Luxul FTAs, the solution provides high bandwidth voice, video and data functionality across long distances. In addition, the Fortress/Luxul combination received operational J/F-12 spectrum certification from the Department of Defense (DoD) for this solution, which enables the use of the 4.4 GHz band. This allows us to potentially replicate WRB at other DoD ranges within the United States and Possessions (US&P),” Kuntz added.
In a separate article, Don Gunnel commented further, along with Janet Kumpu, President, Fortress Technologies, about the WRB project.
The ES520 is an “all-in-one” network access device that combines the features of a wireless access point, bridge, Ethernet switch and FIPS 140-2 validated AES encryption in a small, rugged, weatherized form factor. The Luxul Shock-WAV FTA converts commercial-off-the-shelf 5 GHz wireless LAN technologies to the 4.4 GHz government protected band by using its bi-directional frequency translator and amplifier.
Hopefully, with better communication technology the United State Marine Corp will continue to always be faithful.
Semper Fi