FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., -- The U.S. Air Force, facing the ever-present challenge of sharing, recording and accessing Internet-based information from remote locations, is relying on a highly functional, affordable and portable solution from D-Link, an end-to-end provider of computer networking solutions for government and business organizations as well as consumers.
It is important for non-classified communications to be shared on secure, encrypted networks. Such information might involve field operations that managed multiple aircraft in remote locations requiring personnel support and information systems to communicate with Air Force bases all over the country. These bases and the Department of Defense need to know which operations are going on where and what's happening in real time.
Specific data, like maintenance records, aircraft health and mission details, must be communicated, and USAF personnel need to stay in touch with family and relatives from their remote sites.
According to Aaron (last name not revealed for security reasons), a technical sergeant and USAF spokesperson, what was needed was a networking solution that is portable, flexible, reliable and works remotely. The solution is a series of D-Link DIR-450 3G mobile routers that allow secure wireless 802.11g (108G) connectivity using Verizon cell service and Evolution-Data Optimized (EVDO) cards.
He said the DIR-450 routers are installed in remote base camps and perform according to plan - they help communications with the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, local agencies and friends and family. The cost of installation was under $1,000, said Aaron, approximately $249,000 less than the cost of a large enterprise network system.
"The coverage is awesome," he said. "One router, for instance, covers our entire flight line, administrative offices and outlying areas that contain multiple aircraft, carts and other heavy equipment." He recommends the same solution for all kinds of government agencies involved in field work, including firefighters, police departments, search and rescue operations and forestry.
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market.