Compact, rugged “go kit” will be tested during DoD exercises at
Aberdeen Proving Ground
Highly-secure collaboration – all communications are protected by
triple redundant AES-256 encryption.
Easy to use – no in-field integration is needed; the kit is plug-and
play and has an intuitive drag-and-drop user interface.
Network agnostic – easily and quickly establish a connection to other
users regardless of the available connectivity (3G/4G, WiFi, Ethernet,
satellite, IP radio, microwave, Troposcatter, etc.).
Affordable – the customer is able to leverage and integrate legacy and
newly-acquired systems at an extremely competitive price.
WALLINGFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Inc. announced the availability of a new mobile operations fusion kit
(OFK) for use by military personnel, coalition partners and first
responders in the field. The kit, known as OFK 2.0, enables users to
connect anywhere and anytime with the most flexible, agile, and secure
communications and interoperability “go kit” available on the market
today. It enables secure voice, full-motion video and information
sharing on a global, real-time basis.
The OFK 2.0 is a complete multimedia communications system bundled into
a compact, lightweight, waterproof, ruggedized carrying case. The kit is
equipped with a military-standard 810G multimedia portable laptop (with
microphone and speaker headset), an on-board rechargeable power supply,
and connectivity for up to four different radios and communications
assets in the field. Equipped with a MIMO mesh radio, OFK kits can be
automatically linked together and provide robust broadband data
connectivity with speeds as much as 40 Mbps over distances up to 5KM,
enabling secure in field broadband device access. With multiband
broadband access capabilities and advanced simultaneous access bonding,
the OFK can utilize any available broadband wireless data connectivity
for backhaul, including on board 4G LTE and 3G cellular mobile, MIMO ISM
band and WiFi connectivity, as well as portable satellite and
terrestrial connectivity access.
OFK can be used to support either a fully-meshed collaboration or an
autonomous fielded operation by way of an independent and covert
enclave. Easily deployed in minutes, the OFK is an instant Operations
Center providing full situational awareness with multiple radio net
connectivity, in and out video and ISR sharing, and information sharing.
The OFK utilizes a flexible power system capable of both AC and DC power
inputs with an advanced rechargeable battery. It has been successfully
tested and used with portable solar panel kits providing additional
resiliency and usability under austere power conditions.
Mutualink’s mobile operations fusion kit will be incorporated into the
2014 Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE),
taking place June 16-27 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland.
Throughout the exercises, OFK 2.0 will continue to undergo intensive
testing and development of operational procedures in support of the
warfighter and first responder.
Over the past year a prototype of the mobile operations fusion kit was
evaluated, tested and used by field operators and commanders in the US,
Canada, Italy, Poland, and Colombia. Feedback from these real-world
experiences directly impacted the development of the OFK 2.0. Key
features and benefits include:
“Mutualink is delivering unmatched interoperability and full spectrum
situational awareness in and from the field for the military, coalition
partners, and first responders for about the same cost as a pair of
high-end military radios,” said Joe Mazzarella, Senior Vice President at
Mutualink. “We listened to our customers and built a product that
completely satisfies their mission requirements. With this technology,
dismounted soldiers and field operators connect and collaborate – as and
when needed – in a sovereign, secure manner. With this capability, field
sensors and surveillance platforms can be integrated and shared with C2
points, and other partner and remote surveillance and information
support views can be delivered to the field. With seamless on-demand
radio net, telephone and mobile phone interoperability, its uses are
virtually unlimited. ”
“During a stressful situation like combat or civil emergency, the
soldier and first responder need to quickly and effectively interpret
and share information. Mutualink designed the OFK 2.0 with that in
mind,” said retired Air Force Colonel Sonny Blinkinsop, Director of
Services. “This is the most complete and capable interoperability
kit available on the market – bar none. It is mobile, chalk-full of
capability, easy to use, and truly plug-and-play ready.”
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. Mutualink’s
system is currently deployed by hundreds of public and private entities
worldwide, including homeland security and defense installations, NATO
Special Operations Forces, police and fire departments, transit
authorities, hospitals, shopping malls, casinos, and more. 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.
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