Man-portable 3G on the battlefield
The Mobile Data Node (MDN) is a man-portable, rapidly deployable, secure communications base station that provides a 2 km broadband infrastructure through which commercially available 3G devices can communicate. It will operate standalone, with its integrated core services network and can back-haul over any standards-based IP network for wide connectivity. It has application within security services, surveillance teams, military units, site inspections, disaster recovery and emergency services.
How does it work?
MDN, with a 1 km range, provides a 2 km line-of-sight bubble of private 3G communications. Up to 16 network devices (Smart phones, Tablets, 3G Modems etc) can connect to the MDN simultaneously, sharing 14.4 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload bandwidth available with sub-second data transfer latency.
Two-way authentication happens when a device attempts to connect with MDN eliminating the opportunity for man-in-the-middle attacks, and giving you complete control over who can access the network; implemented through the use of your own private USIM cards. The 3GPP standard encryption algorithms; Kasumi and SNOW3G are used to secure communications. Additional security can be added at the application layer, where the MDN is then treated as a black network.
At just 1.2 kg, without battery, MDN is mobile and man-portable, giving you significant flexibility to deploy your network when and where you need it. Integrated mount points allow you to mount the MDN securely to a vehicle, where it can also operate from the vehicle's power supply instead of battery.
Your MDN will happily operate standalone, as it contains all the services required to provide voice and data communications to the connected devices. Where available, you can connect MDN to a wide range of industry standard IP-based networks for back-haul, including:
- Existing 3G networks
- Any other IP-based network via an RJ-45 Ethernet cable
- Linked to another MDN, for increasing local coverage