USMC Systems Command Awards Follow-on Contract for ViaSat Secure Mobile Device Technology
- Marines exercise option to build smartphones and tablets with government-grade security
The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) a follow-on contract for $1.65 million to continue engineering advanced information security into common, off-the-shelf mobile devices. Under terms of the contract addition, ViaSat will first develop a prototype trusted smartphone and then a production-ready version. The development is expected to be complete by spring 2013 with the new secure mobile system available on any Android device this summer.
Adding ViaSat cyber and information security to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) smartphones and tablets can enable personnel to communicate securely over 3G/4G/LTE cellular and Wi-Fi networks, store sensitive data, and protect their devices against malware attacks.
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ViaSat is working on a number of ongoing developments to deliver a secure mobile enterprise system that can connect COTS devices seamlessly into a variety of carrier networks. While this development is for tactical warfighters, the ViaSat system is designed to provide secure communication of sensitive information for any government or commercial customer.
Source : ViaSat Inc.