Secure Mesh Wireless Networks Drive Command Post Mobility
For years, the goal of our armed forces has been mobility at the command post, with Army leaders setting the standard to be able to move hourly, with the command post’s network ready, powered up and receiving in five minutes.
That goal is understandable and achievable, but is difficult to achieve with today’s approach to edge networking. Imagine a typical scenario: while tents are being set up at the new command post location, soldiers must also run 100 CAT5/6 Ethernet cables to connect everything, all within minutes.
It’s simply not possible to meet the setup time goal using traditional copper or fiber optic Ethernet cables. Beyond set up, there are logistical issues: the use of traditional Ethernet in the battlefield brings with it the requirement to manage spools of CAT5/6, as well as the challenge of re-terminating the cables in the field. There is a solution, though, that can optimize mobility in the field. A secure wireless command post system can be setup and servicing tens to hundreds of users in just a matter of minutes.
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