Mobile Technology: Marine Corps Get Smartphone Network
Further incorporating mobile technology into the military, the U.S. Marine Corps will soon use a tactical smartphone network developed to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises.
The Office of Naval Research purchased from Lockheed Martin a MONAX system for the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Experimentation Center.
A portable, private 4G network, it provides voice, data and video services through commercial Smartphone technologies.
"We are proud to help the Marine Corps support this critical mission," UPI.com quoted Sam Guthrie, MONAX program director for Lockheed Martin IS&GS-Defense, as saying. "MONAX is a unique offering that provides an affordable, portable network for a wide range of military, civil and humanitarian missions."
MONAX provides users with a 4G private network they can operate anywhere. Connecting off-the-shelf smartphones to a cellular base station infrastructure, this secure broadband network system enables users to securely send and receive data.
Through the use of a secure RF Link, strong exportable encryption serves as a protection for communications, enabling the safe transfer of pertinent and sensitive information.
MONAX is able to connect hundreds of users to a single base station, which goes beyond the limits of normal commercial carrier, which tend to connect approximately 40 users per sector.