The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Y-12 National Security Complex is adopting state-of-the-art security technology originally developed for the military to provide real-time secure communications during an emergency.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Y-12 National Security Complex is adopting state-of-the-art security technology originally developed for the military to provide real-time secure communications during an emergency.
One of the challenges facing NNSA labs and productions sites is the need to balance constantly evolving communications options with a highly secure working environment. Y-12’s new Motomesh networking helps to meet that need.
“The critical nature of our mission demands our protective forces have the tools they require to maintain a high level of effectiveness,” said Brad Peterson, NNSA’s Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security. “We don’t want a balanced playing field with potential adversaries. Modern technologies can tip the scale in our favor and provide an advantage to the dedicated security professionals who guard our facilities. NNSA will continue to employ technologies that enhance security in an effective and efficient manner. Y-12’s efforts will pay dividends across the nuclear security enterprise as more sites stand up wireless systems.”
Motomesh networks use wireless technology to communicate between fixed and mobile devices, such as command centers and soldiers in the field. For instance, during an event, all radio traffic and any other pertinent data, such as maps and floor plans, could be fed into a Motomesh network and sent to responders, who can access the data on laptops and other communications devices.
Information moves along nodes or connection points that act as independent routers. If the communications path is blocked or broken, information hops to other nodes to reach its destination. Even if there is a problem in one communications location, the information flow won’t stop.
Y-12’s security organization is implementing mesh networking to make information from many sources available whenever and wherever people need it, including in moving vehicles. The technology gives anyone with an approved and encrypted communications device a more complete assessment of the event through a more comprehensive set of data.
“The new wireless systems we are deploying are enhancements to existing communications systems, but what they will do is allow us to get better quality information faster, greatly improving tactical control for the good guys and helping make sure that our guys have the best technology available,” said Rick Glass, B&W Y-12 Safeguards and Security Risk Management director.
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Source: Your Nuclear News
Photo: B&W Y-12