SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

August 27, 2012 12:11 ET

EADS North America's Voice Encryption Device Proves Successful at Joint Interoperability Test Command

ECTOCRYP® Black Device Provides High-Capacity Alternative to Current Capability; Has Proven Interoperability With Department of Defense Network

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Aug 27, 2012) - The Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) has completed testing of EADS North America's ECTOCRYP® Black high-capacity voice encryption device at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. The device, which recently was certified by the National Security Agency, successfully demonstrated its ability to operate seamlessly with U.S. government networks of a variety of classifications and existing equipment during the recent trials.

With four T1 interfaces that allow for 92 simultaneous individual calls per unit and the ability to store hundreds of cipher keys, ECTOCRYP® Black provides interoperability between classified and unclassified networks to a greater degree than any existing system of its size, as well as potential key management efficiencies. Through the device, users on unclassified networks equipped with Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP)-compliant phones can communicate transparently with secured enclaves and engage in enterprise services, such as secure teleconferencing with multiple locations.

"I'm proud that our encryption technology has demonstrated its ability to meet the Department of Defense's network requirements for secure voice communications," said Sean O'Keefe, Chairman and CEO of EADS North America. "The high capacity and flexibility of ECTOCRYP® Black will make secure, interoperable voice communications possible for the U.S. government on a larger scale than ever before."

Developed by EADS' Cassidian division as part of a line of programmable cryptographic devices, ECTOCRYP® Black uses a common commercial off-the-shelf hardware architecture that can be programmed to accommodate new features and technology standards to provide interoperability with different types of networks as current networks change. For example, when used in conjunction with media gateways, ECTOCRYP® Black gives red enclaves interoperability with both time division multiplexing (TDM)- and internet protocol (IP)-based voice systems.

About EADS North America
EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $12 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 220,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.

About EADS
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.

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