Whether it be combat, peacekeeping support or humanitarian aid/disaster relief operations, armed forces depend upon enhanced levels in situation awareness in order to enable rapid decision-making. Initially designed to meet the requirements of the commercial market, broadband communication networks including 4G and 5G provide armed forces with the means to significantly enhance situational awareness. GuardStack has been specifically designed to bridge gaps between commercially available communications infrastructures and military networks in order to satisfy the most stringent operational requirements for communications at the tactical edge.
Digitalization of Land-Based Operations (D-LBO)
The aim of the “Digitalization of Land-Based Operations” (D-LBO) program is to provide IT and communication services for networked operations management in the area of mobile infrastructure.
This requires an information and communication network that starts at the lowest tactical level with the dismounted soldier and is connected to the core network of the Bundeswehr IT system at the level of the command post that can be deployed.
Enhanced situational awareness at the tactical edge
Being part of a rapid response team, a soldier is called up for an urgent mission and immediately disconnects the Skype call with his family. While he is getting prepared for the mission, he inserts a secret HW element into his smartphone, enabled by GuardStack. The phone automatically switches to ‘Combat Mode’- a secure environment which contains all required applications and information for the mission.
After leaving the base, the tactical operation center is able to share intelligence and video feeds with the soldiers in their vehicles as well as tracking the vehicles using GuardStack’s embedded blue force tracking system.
Guardstack’s tactical core automatically selects another transmission medium with a better range (legacy VHF) to maintain voice communications as the end of the 4G / 5G coverage zone is reached.
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Maritime Broadband services
A Coast Guard Squadron is using GuardStack to provide an independent off-shore communication infrastructure. The Squadron consists of a patrol vessel acting as tactical node in the network; multiple response boats; and a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), all of which require communications at the tactical edge.
The offshore patrol vessel locates a suspicious boat several miles offshore and requires further information in order to make a positive identification. With communications protected against interception and disruption, the boats and the patrol vessel are utilizing GuardStack’s embedded Push-to-Talk and Video technology to communicate and share information with each other. Upon confirmation that the suspect boat is carrying illegal substances, a maritime interdiction is conducted and crew fingerprints are recorded and transmitted via GuardStack enabled long range transmission technology to the Coast Guard headquarters ashore to be crosschecked with criminal records.
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GuardStack Unified Soldier System
The infantryman plays a central role in today’s complex military operations. As enemies are actively deploying cyber and electronic warfare it is absolutely essential that NATO members remain well-informed of the latest technology developments and capabilities, while maintaining existing field-proven tactical communication methods.
The four key pillars
for communication at the tactical edge
GuardStack’s Software Suite has been specifically designed to address the 4 most stringent communications requirements for the tactical egde.