Cummings Engineering, in partnership with Ascent Rugged Mobile, launched SAIFE Defender, one of the world’s first commercial rugged Android device with secure digital communications.
SAIFE Defender, a rugged mobile Android device with interoperable secure communications capabilities, is unique and cost-effective because it is platform neutral; field officers can communicate securely with each other even if they are using different devices, such as a Blackberry, iPhone or Droid. Additionally, agencies don’t have to invest in unique radio infrastructure but instead can securely leverage existing commercial carrier networks such as Verizon, AT&T, and others.
Additionally, specialized applications are built on top of Cummings’ secure framework offering government users capabilities they didn’t previously have or couldn’t use due to the lack of security.
The underlying technology that encrypts, stores and transmits the data has been accredited by the National Institute of Standards & Technology (FIPS 140-2). This allows the U.S. government and other regulated industries such as medical services that collect, store, transfer, share and disseminate sensitive information to quickly and cost-effectively use the modules and security capabilities Cummings offers.
Cummings and Ascent Rugged Mobile’s initial products are:
- SAIFE Defender: Rugged Android device, either IP65 or IP68 with interoperable Secure Communications capabilities. Available immediately.
- SAIFE Sentry: Rugged Android device, either IP67 with interoperable Secure Communications capabilities. Available January 2013, operational pilots available now.