SOURCE: Fortress Technologies, Inc.

August 22, 2007 08:30 ET

Fortress Technologies to Secure National Guard Deployable Communications Solution

Company Enables Secure Voice, Video and Data Transmissions During Emergency Response Operations

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - August 22, 2007) - Fortress Technologies, a leading provider of security and secure wireless solutions, today announced that it is integrating its Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) certified security solutions into the National Guard's nationwide Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC). JISCC is a deployable communications solution that provides voice, video and data connectivity during emergency response or disaster recovery situations. JISCC is an element of the National Guard's Joint CONUS Communications Support Environment (JCCSE), which focuses on interagency communications interoperability.

"It is well documented that the current communications infrastructure is not always available during major disasters -- both natural and man-made," said Dana Kuntz, Vice President, Federal Sales, Fortress. "The goal of the JISCC is to be able to provide voice, video and data interactions between first responders at an incident site and coordinating locations such as state emergency operations centers, National Guard headquarters and/or the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). Fortress is pleased to have been selected as the wireless security provider on this project and looks forward to working with the JISCC development team."

DataPath, Inc. was recently awarded a $16,000,000 contract by the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command to develop the JISCC system. DataPath will incorporate the Fortress certified security solution into its satellite communications base units, which deliver high bandwidth to deployed local wireless and wired networks, Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephones, video teleconferencing systems and interoperable handheld radios. The integration of Fortress' ES520 Secure Wireless Access Bridge solution suite will provide the JISCC system with FIPS certified, secure wireless communications.

JISCC communications systems are designed to be portable to support rapid deployment to disaster and/or incident sites. This procurement will deliver 32 JISCC systems nationally, providing the National Guard with robust communications capabilities that can be quickly leveraged in response to federally declared disasters.

About Fortress Technologies

Fortress Technologies designs, develops and manufactures market leading security and secure wireless solutions for mission critical communications. Rigorously tested and proven, Fortress products provide government and commercial customers a flexible, single security solution regardless of network infrastructure as well as industry leading secure wireless products. Fortress' FIPS validated solutions work across fixed, portable and mobile environments -- from the tactical edge to municipal networks. Fortress enables immediate "on demand" secure voice, video and data communications virtually anywhere and across all wireless transports including Wi-Fi (802.11), WiMAX (802.16), free space optics (FSO), Military RF and satellite. Fortress products are currently deployed in some of the world's most demanding environments, supporting vital operations that range from maintaining a forward presence to border protection to emergency response.

For more information, visit www.fortresstech.com or call 813-288-7388.

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