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Air Force orders smartphones

June 17, 2011 at 6:37 AM   |   Comments

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 17 (UPI) -- General Dynamics C4 Systems is delivering 300 Sectera Edge smartphones to the U.S. Air Force for use by senior leaders, the company announced.

The deliveries represent the first major Air Force deployment of Secure Mobile Environment -- Portable Electronic Devices.

The smartphones are part of a broader Air Force plan to integrate Secure Mobile Environment -- Portable Electronic Devices like the Sectera Edge into its consolidated enterprise network.

"The Sectera Edge provides cybersecurity at the hip," said Mike Guzelian, vice president of Secure Voice and Data Products for General Dynamics C4 Systems. "Air Force and civilian personnel will have cost-effective, secure access to classified and unclassified networks, even the Internet, from virtually anywhere in the world."

The Sectera Edge is the first SME-PED certified by the National Security Agency for classified voice and data, using wireless access to commercial WiFi and cellular networks that provide access to classified and unclassified government networks.

Capable of operating on existing Global System for Mobile communications and Code Division Multiple Access commercial cellular networks, the Sectera Edge is WiFi compatible. It is interoperable with more than 350,000 fielded Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol devices, providing secure data communications classified Secret and below and secure wireless voice communications classified Top Secret and below.

Utilizing the Suite B encryption algorithm, the Sectera Edge interfaces with the U.S. Department of Defense Public Key Infrastructure using the government's standard Common Access Card. Information stored in the Sectera Edge is also protected using data-at-rest encryption.

The Sectera Edge Smartphone was developed under the NSA Secure Mobile Environment/Portable Electronic Device program.

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