Rapidly Deployable Network (RDN)

Mobile Network Technology | Rapidly Deployable Network

Mission-Critical Mobility: Rapidly Deployable Network

LGS Innovations’ Rapidly Deployable Network (RDN) is a compact and self-contained 4G network-in-a-box. It enables the quick, efficient deployment of secure, reliable wireless broadband networks during critical situations and in the most remote and demanding environments. A ready-when-needed system, RDN eliminates the main technical and operational challenges associated with establishing broadband wireless communication in locations where infrastructure does not exist or has been compromised.

RDN is a fully rugged, man-portable system (approximately the size of a shoebox), weighing about 10 kg (22 lbs.). It utilizes standards-based interfaces such as Ethernet or WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e-2005), with a planned software upgrade path to LTE. The bandwidth among RDN users is shared, so the type of application being used determines the number of simultaneous connections. For example, the RDN can accommodate up to 80 simultaneous VoIP calls.

With auto-configuration and dynamic, real-time optimization features, the RDN can be fully operational in fewer than 10 minutes, and operates with minimal user intervention. It can be deployed as a single-cell solution for local communications, or multiple RDNs within range of each other can mesh together using IEEE 802.11, creating an ad hoc network. When the power, WAN, and antenna connections have been made, the unit self-configures with the push of a button and continually self-optimizes.

Perfect for Tactical Communications

In addition to its ruggedized construction (temperature, shock, and vibration), RDN support for the following makes it ideal for tactical military communications or disaster response:

  • Advanced Encryption Standard 128 (AES-128) and AES256 encryption
  • Certification to Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2
  • Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (CC)
  • Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 3+ compliant security

Eliminate the Challenges of Remote Wireless Network Deployments

The ability to rapidly, reliably, and securely access operational information is essential for U.S. Federal Government missions. Without effective reliable communications, remote personnel cannot maintain the vital link with headquarters personnel during tactical engagements. In addition, today’s remote government operations require more than just basic voice service alone in order to ensure safety, efficiency, and the effective use of resources. Government agencies must also leverage the capabilities of video and advanced data applications for remote monitoring, surveillance, and analysis.

Although traditional wireless technologies offer a way to establish and maintain basic communications in support of command, control, and field activities, the majority of wireless communications solutions take days to deploy, and lack a portable, integrated wireless broadband network infrastructure. These obstacles make it difficult to quickly and securely establish reliable communications links, and create limits where coverage can be offered.

Flexible, On-Demand 4G

RDN provides mobile, flexible, and self-sufficient communication that adapts to any situation, providing an enhanced command and control structure that contributes to mission success. Government agencies use RDN to support command, control, and field efforts during emergencies, disaster response, and tactical operations. The system is completely self-contained, and incorporates functionality that would normally be present as part of the core network, including authentication/authorization, home agent, domain name services, IP management, transport of data, and embedded element management (EEM).

Mobile units can create a trusted network for secure, real-time mission-critical voice, video, data, and sensor communications, delivering greater coverage and much greater bandwidth than 3G wireless network solutions. A highly mobile force – for example, an advance party or patrol – can use the RDN to quickly establish communications and extend C4I into areas where communications do not exist or are unsuitable for military use.

With power options of +12 V DC, +24 V DC, and -48 V DC, and power consumption of less than 90 W – 200 W with recommended radio frequency (RF) equipment – the RDN is well-suited for both semi-permanent and highly mobile environments that have solar backup.