Persistent’s low-SWaP mobile ad hoc networking Embedded Module receives new security validation
Persistent Systems announced that its Embedded Module, a low-size, -weight, and -power (SWaP) mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) unit for sensors and unmanned vehicles, received a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 security validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This achievement confirms that all Persistent’s main products have achieved this level of validation, increasing usability for users with nonnegotiable requirements for FIPS 140-2 Level 2.
The new FIPS 140-2 Level 2 validation means the Embedded Module not only meets its Level 1 cryptographic data security requirement, but it also has in place physical security mechanisms, such as tamper-evidence, allowing it to handle sensitive data transmission.
“Now, all of our main products running the Wave Relay MANET routing protocol are FIPS 140-2 Level 2,” said Eric Stern, Director of Engineering at Persistent Systems. “This is critical for our customers in the federal government, U.S. military, and special operations, who require extremely secure networking.”
Persistent’s suite of Wave Relay MANET products have been engineered to meet information assurance requirements in any use case, whether it is a person carrying an MPU5 or an Embedded Module built into a UAV, UGV, or sensor. This is especially important for Wave Relay Ecosystem partners who have incorporated Wave Relay MANET radios into their products and are competing for government programs with FIPS requirements. The Wave Relay Ecosystem is an alliance of industry-leading companies that develop and build products connected via the Wave Relay MANET.
Persistent products have consistently met strict security requirements, with every product achieving both Level 1 and Level 2 FIPS 140-2 validation.
Persistent’s principal product is the handheld MPU5 MANET radio. The MPU5 allows users to transmit and relay voice, video, text, and sensor data in a true peer-to-peer fashion, without the need for external communications infrastructure. In July, it received its FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Security validation.
The Embedded Module, now likewise validated, delivers the same data networking capabilities, but in a smaller form factor, which can be built into an unmanned aircraft, ground robot, or sensor. “This validation marks the Embedded Module as the go-to Wave Relay MANET integrator for all systems and sensors,” Stern said.