CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has contracted BBN Technologies for continued development of a disruption resistant data network.
Massachusetts-based BBN was awarded an $8.9 million DARPA contract for the development of its Disruption Tolerant Networking program. Under the phase III deal, BBN will be required to integrate the working prototype of the DTN system into fielded military networks, among other investigations.
The DTN program is part of an effort to develop a data network that can withstand interruptions like those that occur in traditional Internet Protocol suite networks. Officials say the DTN system will permit a constantly available connection.
"DTN is a good example of how DARPA works with organizations such as BBN to push the development of needed technology," Tad Elmer, BBN Technologies president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
"DTN represents a fundamental shift in networking protocols that will result in military networks that function reliably and securely, even in the changing conditions and challenging environments where our troops must succeed now and in the future."