The US Army and Defense Health Agency have awarded a contract to Cog and Management Sciences (MSI) for the delivery of mobile security systems to medics.
As part of the US Army’s small business innovation research (SBIR) programme, the contract will see the development of a prototype multilevel security (MLS) capability on tactical mobile devices.
Under the deal, the companies are responsible for creating a dual persona mobile solution that would transport unclassified medical data shared between field medics and treatment facilities through a classified tactical network.
The new solution will enable field medics to transfer life-saving medical data from the battlefield while keeping it unclassified. This helps avoid critical delays caused by declassifying data.
Cog co-founder and chief marketing officer Carl L Nerup said: “Going to a mobile process in a secure manner is a critical leap forward that will save lives and improve care, and we are proud to be part of this effort.”
The embedded capability will also help offer a two-way channel for telemedicine teams on unclassified networks to communicate with combat medics on the battlefield in real time.
MSI principal investigator on the programme Peter Blemel said: “The US Army wants to improve patient care and survival rates with this new solution designed to accurately process patient data through a secure mobile device.
“Real-time delivery of patient data to medical personnel eliminates the need to declassify information, which currently can take hours or even days.”
As part of the project, the US Army will use Cog’s modularity-based D4 Secure Platform technology to isolate classified and unclassified data.
Cog is an internet of things (IoT) security solution provider, while MSI offers research and development services.