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Telecommunications Innovation Award presented at the annual Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) gala ceremony.
The Mobile IP Node is the result of four years' development work and consists of network-aware routing technology that improves the ability of military and emergency response services to communicate across a wide variety of operational scenarios.
Earlier this week Cassidian had presented the Mobile IP Node technology at the ASTRAEA (Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation & Assessment) conference in London.
As part of the ASTRAEA programme Cassidian developed an adaptive communications architecture that solves multiple issues. Firstly it allows the use of satellite communications in low Air Traffic Control (ATC) workload areas and reduces latency (delays) in high ATC workload areas.
The system requires no expert technical intervention and automatically routes, formats and prioritises data to make the best use of available bandwidth, because not all data is equal – UAS mission updates are often critically important.
The Mobile IP Node decides on the most appropriate medium and route to use based on a variety of factors including the geographical area, weather conditions or the bandwidth capacity of a network. The wireless technology is housed in a case smaller than a hardback book, weighs only 2 kg and can be fitted into any vehicle, not just UAS. In addition, the use of leading edge encryption technology incorporated into the kit means the data integrity is protected.
The project overcame the problem that to physically test the system on UAS would take multiple air vehicles and large distances to stretch the communications links and force multiple re-routing of data and voice transmission. The system was placed instead into a fleet of Mini Cooper cars that took part in an exercise which demonstrated to leading technical experts how the system performed in an area where cellular communications such as mobile phones and Tetra radio (PMR) wireless communications were non-existent.