WALLINGFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mutualink, Inc. announced today that its radio and multimedia communications interoperability solution won the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification for both Information Assurance (IA) and Interoperability (IO). The approval is the first and only full three-year certification issued by the DoD under the DoD’s Unified Capabilities Requirements (UCR) for interoperable radio gateways. Mutualink’s interoperable multimedia gateway solution, which enables secure on-demand local and wide area interoperability between disparate radio and voice communications systems, is now listed in the DoD’s Approved Products List (APL), and is authorized for use by all Services and agencies of the DoD.
Mutualink’s DoD accreditation was sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps primarily due to Mutualink’s unique ability to securely enable interoperable communications between and among joint and coalition forces on an ad hoc basis and with global reach. The system enables the U.S. Marines to securely communicate, coordinate, and provide command and control functions with allies and partners.
“I see Mutualink as filling a key capability that will enable the Marine Corps and other services to work more effectively with local forces and personnel on the ground, including indigenous and host nation partners that often are using incompatible communications systems,” said USAF Col (Ret.) Sonny Blinkinsop, Mutualink’s Director of Defense Services. “Being able to seamlessly communicate at will, as and when needed, over all available communications systems is extremely valuable in all types of operational environments, including humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and security operations."
The Mutualink platform enables the secure ad hoc interoperable bridging of radios, telephony, mobile phones, and sharing of video, text, file, and data communications among disparate agencies. The system employs a powerful ad hoc virtualized network approach that enables partners with different network transport capabilities to connect and communicate in real time through on-demand secure collaboration enclaves. In an emergency, Mutualink provides users with the ability to access any form of available IP transport, including diverse satellite services, wireless broadband, including commercial and private 4G LTE connectivity, HF Data networks, MIMO and Mesh Networks.
Mutualink’s JITC certification comes at the successful conclusion of the DoD’s 2014 Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE 2014), which involved the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, NATO, and other U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security.
According to Joe Mazzarella, Senior Vice President of Mutualink, the JITC Certification is an important milestone for Mutualink. He said, “Obtaining this certification required that we meet the most stringent standards of cyber security and information assurance while simultaneously providing specific operational requirements for the warfighter. Mutualink serves both the defense and public safety arenas by delivering a secure and reliable interoperability platform for critical communications, media and information sharing. This certification not only demonstrates that Mutualink is uniquely qualified for DoD needs, but also is best-of-breed for cyber secure interoperability among public safety, homeland security, and critical infrastructure. Being the first radio communications interoperability solution with a full three-year accreditation, Mutualink has proven itself to be in a class by itself,” said Mazzarella.
Mutualink, Inc. has developed an interoperable communications platform that enables community-wide multimedia sharing of radio, voice, text, video, data files and telephone communications in a secure environment. Hundreds of public and private entities worldwide, including homeland security and defense installations, NATO Special Operations Forces, police and fire departments, schools, transit authorities, hospitals, shopping malls, and casinos currently employ Mutualink’s systems. Mutualink is a privately-held company headquartered in Wallingford, Conn., with R&D facilities in Westford, Mass. and Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and Defense Services office nearby Washington, DC. For more information please visit www.mutualink.net.