System solutions must be able to be integrated into a multinational environment, as demonstrated by current national armed forces’ worldwide operations. In addition, it is mandatory to exchange information between different information and security domains. Defence is no longer just the protection of the country itself, but its protection in association with alliance partners.
Only an IP-based network can provide a platform-independent, modular and scalable solution that can operate worldwide within a group, both wirelessly and wired. Stationary and mobile ad hoc networks can coordinate and control tactical ground troops and strategic air units in a single command post. Within the IP network, units communicate with one another, exchange important situation information and troop movements, or plan and carry out targeted operations.
Mobile Ad Hoc Networks offer decisive advantages during operation:
Parallel transmission of data and voice on the mobile level (radio)
IP capability to create a consistent network community
Exchange of information between different security domains
Interoperability with NATO and the EU through the use of common industry standards
Transmission systems with adequate bandwidth – even for the mobile units
Flexible network topologies to support changing operational requirements
Border security using video technology, thermal imaging cameras and night vision devices that are connected over long distances by a wireless IP network
Automatic network construction and configuration, with self-healing network structure
In a networked world, present-day information and communication systems are indispensable for a wide variety of missions. Mobile Ad Hoc Networks offer an independent system structure that provides the data flow from the highest (strategic) to the lowest (tactical) mobile level. This includes collaborative situation assessment to support resource planning and operations control.