General Dynamics inked an $18 million contract with the U.S. secretive Nation Security Agency to design and develop a secure mobile personal assistant for defense workers. The PDA will integrate all type of communications it in including voice, data and web.
The NSA PDA phone will provide secure voice and data communications, including e-mail, web access, file viewing and access to the government secure network.
The contract is part of the Secure Mobile Environment program, which calls for a single device for government users requiring “Type I” security that also provides wireless access to the government´s Secure Internet Protocol Router Network for secure web-browsing and messaging.
“The Secure PDA Phone is the critical next-step to providing a robust and secure link to the next generation battlefield communications network and will be responsive to the government´s global information grid,” said John Cole, vice president of Information Assurance for General Dynamics C4 Systems. “The device will support the government´s emerging secure communications standards for homeland security and will be scalable to meet coalition government and military requirements.”
The device will use existing commercial cellular networks and will be able to communicate with a wide array of wireless protocols. The PDA will interface with the Department of Defense Public Key Infrastructure using standard access card.