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CWID Case Study

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO, the Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA, the Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, MA and the US Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, VA.

The USNORTHCOM event simulated a terrorist attack in the U.S., focusing on strategies that can enable encrypted and reliable interoperable communications between response personnel from the U.S. military, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and local emergency responder, police and fire agencies.

Challenges

  • Enabling aligned forces to coordinate operations in an environment where military-civilian missions involve multilateral engagements of diverse forces and organizations, each operating with their own equipment and communications systems.
  • Creating and deploying interoperable applications that run across an unlimited number of diverse devices, regardless of operating system or hardware.
  • Enabling interoperable communications on any device, such as cell phones, laptops, mission-specific equipment, security cameras and weapon systems.

Solution

  • Covia Labs’ Alert & Respond product, a software platform that enables AES 256-bit encrypted interoperable communications between a wide array of devices and equipment.

Results

  • Covia Labs was rated a “Top Performing Technology” in the CWID evaluations that came out after the event.
  • Alert & Respond enabled participating local, state and federal response and public safety agencies to seamlessly share information and other mission-critical tools, enabling these organizations to interoperate as a single, unified entity in response to the simulated terrorist attack. This level of interoperable communications has never before been available.
  • Teams were able to:
    • Intelligently deploy resources
    • Enhance mission capabilities
    • Improve response times
  • The data and functionality found on multiple, diverse devices and equipment used by the different agencies were merged into one fully integrated and encrypted system. This included proprietary devices as well as consumer mobile phones and commercially available devices.
  • Alert & Respond created an independent and encrypted communications system that could also operate across existing carrier networks to supplement public safety radio equipment and private networks, with greater coverage and richer media. For example, devices within the Covia system could provide a map with continuously moving icons that represent the current locations of emergency response personnel, equipment and command sites.

About Covia Labs

Covia Labs, Inc. is the developer of the only software platform that enables secure interoperable communications across an unlimited number of diverse devices, from smart phones to proprietary police and fire department radios to weapons systems. Striving to improve communication in an increasingly insecure world, Covia’s technology enables diverse entities to work as a united team in order to accomplish a singular mission. By empowering personnel from different organizations with real-time information regardless of infrastructure or equipment, first responders and military personnel can improve operational capabilities and save lives.