Protecting critical communication from interception

A new highly-secure communications platform has been developed for the emergency services to protect critical communication from interception.

May 26, 2011
By Paul Jacques
Chief Constable Andy Marsh

A new highly-secure communications platform has been developed for the emergency services to protect critical communication from interception.

The Secure Communications Optimised Packet Engine (SCOPE) from AEP Networks keeps communication lines open by switching between terrestrial, radio, satellite, WiFi and 3G networks based on availability and performance requirements to ensure the reliable transmission of sensitive information.

SCOPE provides automatic end-to-end encryption and traffic management capabilities that ensure all data and voice communications are protected from interception and increase network reliability by selecting the best network available and optimising the traffic being transmitted.

“When it comes to mobile workforces such as the emergency services, the availability, integrity and speed of communication significantly improves operational efficiency and saves lives,” said Mark Darvill, director at AEP Networks. “While interception of voice and data has always been an issue, an increased reliance on critical communications has resulted in a greater amount of sensitive information being transmitted, making a successful attack more attractive and high network availability a greater necessity.”

SCOPE prioritises time-sensitive traffic, such as voice and video, that share bandwidth with non-sensitive traffic, such as email, by ensuring that data does not consume all of the bandwidth.

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