Applied Communication Sciences has won a contract option from the U.S. Army to continue developing network tools for a program to provide warfighters commercial smartphone technologies.
The Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center started the Multi-Access Cellular Extension program to create an ad hoc network intended to fill in coverage gaps that occur in theater, ACS said Thursday.
“Mission communications are critically dependent on robust network connectivity on-the-move and seamless information assurance,” said Sunil Samtani, ACS executive director of mobility systems and project team leader.
“The biggest problem with deploying tactical networks that are cellular based is that they can’t provide seamless coverage,” says Benjamin Foresta, chief of the CERDEC’s commercial technology integration and evaluation branch.
ACS will work to help build the network so users can transparently carry out service hand-offs and use features such as security transfers from one point to another.
“These are exceptionally complex functions and are the core elements of our MACE efforts,” Samtani said.