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Fortress expands OEM/embedded systems capabilities

25th January 2011 - 19:44 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Fortress Technologies, the leader in secure tactical wireless communications, today announced the availability of board-level solutions for custom integration into a variety of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) platforms. This added capability is in direct response to the government's increasing requirement for embedded systems and is perfectly aligned with Fortress' COTS+ solution strategy and program focus.

"Customizing our solutions for unique systems integration efforts allows Fortress to further strengthen our value with strategic partners that are focused on Size, Weight, Power, and Cost (SWaP-C) requirements, as well as increased communications utility," said Janet Kumpu, Vice President of Corporate Development and Marketing at Fortress. "Our partners are embracing this strategy, supporting technical insertion efforts for vehicle-based and dismounted tactical Communications-on-the-Move solutions."

"In addition, the government's penchant for using Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) products instead of expensive GOTS solutions; requirements for a more expedited time to market; funding/budget/cost tightening; technology consolidation and interoperability needs; as well as a focus on COTS for SECRET in the defense/intelligence arena are all considerations for an embedded approach," Kumpu added.

In a 2010 analyst report focused on the military/aerospace market, VDC Research Group, Inc. forecasts the total spending on embedded COTS systems growing measurably over the next four years. Ruggedization, durability, reliability, and performance continue to be the critical product attributes in this space.

"Fortress has extensive experience delivering customized solutions, including our support of the largest current military wireless implementation - the US Army's Combat Service

Support Automated Information Systems Interface program," said Kumpu. "Our expansion into an OEM role will be seamless."
Fortress is perfectly positioned for this strategic shift with proven ability to:

- Provide complimentary capabilities to partners' R&D efforts

- Integrate secure wireless communications into existing platforms

- Meet the demands for SWaP-C as well as space-claim requirements

- Design board-level solutions for optimal systems integration

- Leverage a modular architecture with agility and experience in customizing solutions for the mission

- Incorporate built-in security, certification, and accreditation value across the product portfolio

- Execute effectively with proven systems-level expertise.

Source: Fortress Technologies

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