Track24 Defence has introduced a new IP68-rated beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) satellite device for secure blue force tracking (BFT) and command and control (C2) applications.
Dubbed Echo, the device can function as both a standalone device and as part of Track24’s SCC TITAN BFT solution, and is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) tracking and messaging solution designed for defence and security sector users.
IP68-rated waterproof to two metres, the ruggedised handheld device operates on the Iridium satellite constellation, and can also withstand the austere land and sea environments within which military users operate.
Track24 defence sector director Giles Peeters said: "The Echo is smaller and lighter than Track24’s existing tracking device, the Whisper, yet represents a more robust, ruggedised option for forces operating in vast and austere terrain.
"The Echo integrates with SCC TITAN C2 system, relaying GPS position updates, emergency panic alerts, pre-configured text messages and other machine to machine (M2M) data reports, all securely encrypted.
"This information can then be plotted on a common operational picture to enable better and faster C2 decision-making."
Echo’s hardware features M2M functionality, which will enable it to connect an array of tablets, smart phones or sensors to transmit data in near real time to the operational command, which could be situational awareness or vital signs of a soldier.
The device can work with Windows and Android operating systems (OS), and is configurable over the air using the Track24 SCC platform. All data communications are secured by AES256 encryption.
The device has already been adopted by an undisclosed special forces organisation, according to the company.
Image: Echo delivers secure and reliable beyond line-of-sight communications, which is an important operational requirement for blue force tracking. Photo: courtesy of Track24.