Icon-5066 3.0 – New Capabilities

We are thrilled to announce the latest update to our STANAG 5066 server, Icon-5066. With this new release, we’ve incorporated a host of exciting features and enhancements, designed to not only add new functionality to your deployment but also increase the performance of your HF Radio Network.

The below is a list of the changes, and updates that can be found within Icon-5066 v3.0.

ALE Management

This major new feature enables management of ALE configuration independent of ALE implementation and allows easy sharing of configuration between nodes.  This capability is supported for modems where Isode provides ALE support.  Key features:

  • Web configuration of HF Network for each Icon-5066 node.
  • Configuration of Node ALE addressing, with support for 2G, 3G and 4G.
  • Support for fixed frequency (not using ALE for a network)
  • Configuration of HF Frequency list with options for narrowband and wideband
  • Configuration of schedules for used with ALE or fixed frequency.   This enables the frequencies used to be changed at configured times so that appropriate frequencies are used for an ALE network throughout the 24 hour cycle.
  • Import/Export of configuration, to enable easy sharing of configuration between nodes.   Model is that you configure ALE setup on one node and the transfer to other nodes.

Security

Two important security enhancements are included:

  1. Use of OAuth to control which operators can access Icon-5066.
  2. Support of TLS which includes:
    1. HTTPS Web Access
    2. TLS Support for GCXP to support Modem Proxy (crypto bypass) across a Red/Black boundary
    3. Web configuration of PKI setup of TLS

STANAG 5066 Ed4 Compliance

Icon-5066 is compliant to STANAG 5066 Ed4.   An overview of Ed4 is here.   Detailed Icon-5066 compliance is specified here

Most of these capabilities were in the previous release, but described as STANAG 5066 proposed extensions.   Interoperability has been tested with another Ed4 implementation.

SNR Monitor

A new option is provided to configure Icon-5066 as a modem monitor with a simple TCP monitoring protocol.  This is a general purpose capability, but is specifically targeted to support the ACP 127 FAB (Frequency Assignment Broadcast) capability in M-Switch to enable the FAB broadcast to report on measured link quality using a modem at a remote location. 

New Modem/ALE Support

The following ALE capabilities are added:

  • 3G ALE support for RapidM RM8 and RM10.
  • 4G ALE support for RapidM RM10

A new “Raw TCP” data option, which sends and receives data over simple TCP connection.   This generic capability can be used to exchange data with RapidM RM10 modem.

Management

Support for independent control of multiple STANAG 5066 nodes, so that on a system with multiple nodes nodes can be independently enabled and disabled by the Icon-5066 operator.

Red/Black Driver

A driver is provided for Isode’s Red/Black product to monitor Icon-5066.   Like the Red/Black driver for Isode supported Modems, this driver is distributed with Icon-5066, but will be picked up by a collocated Red/Black server.   It enables a Red/Black operator to enable/disable an Icon-5066 node and to monitor key parameters.

Product Activation

Icon-5066 servers are now controlled by Isode Product Activation.  This control includes:

  • Optional enabling of TLS.  This is helpful for export.
  • Control of the number of nodes available

Successfully Managing HF Radio Networks

With the potential for new technologies to cause interference to traditional communications networks and even space itself at the risk of becoming weaponised, it is important to make sure that you always have a backup plan for your communications ready and waiting.

Should the worst happen and your primary network, typically SatCom, go down you need to ensure that you can still communicate with your forces wherever they are, and that communication needs to be fast,  simple and reliable. It also needs to be suitable for operation within degraded and denied environments.

That’s where HF Radio has a distinct advantage, utilising the ionosphere itself to relay communications and long-range radio signals. If you’re interested you can read more about the benefits of communications over HF Radio and how Isode is developing HF technology here.

When implementing new technologies, one of the challenges you can always expect to face is how you manage them and control how the important systems connect with one another. For HF Radio, that has always been a factor limiting its deployment, how do you ensure that mobile units remain connected to your HF network as they move from one location to the next?

This can now be done by our latest HF Radio enhancement product, Icon Topo. 

Icon Topo is a state of the art, web-based management system for HF Radio networks. The management system allows an operator to monitor and control the location of Mobile Units such as ships or aircraft, ensuring that as they move from one HF Access Point to another they can remain connected to your communications network.

The Icon Topo system allows you to manage your Mobile Units across multiple HF Networks, and plan a connection route for them as they do so, all from an easy forms-based interface. Removing any interruptions to service or downtime from applications as the MU moves across its intended path.

You can read more on Icon Topo here.

Alongside our HF management system, we have also recently developed our Red/Black solution to manage encrypted data over HF networks.

Red/Black is a Web-based server that can provide control and monitoring of different devices and servers. This is intended to complement, not replace, primary device management tools. Red/Black servers can operate in a pair, to monitor and control devices across a secure boundary.

Our Red/Black servers are designed to support HF radio systems through the display and management of communication chains, as seen below. They allow separation of, and passage for encrypted information across restricted networks from a ‘high’ side to a ‘low’ side. 

You can read more about our Red/Black solution here

The above two products give you full oversight over your HF networks so that you can be confident you will retain complete control over what gets to connect to your HF network and how exactly they do it.

If you’d like more information on our HF products, or are interested in a product demo then get in touch with us on sales@isode.com, alternatively you can fill out a contact form on our website and one of our team will get back to you.

Announcing two new products

This month, we’re pleased to announce two new products reaching preview release stage. We have been supplying secure, robust military messaging server software to the Militaries of NATO and Allied nations for over 10 years and these new products are a result of our continuing efforts to anticipate market needs.

Harrier is our Android Military Messaging client. The choice of up-to-date user interfaces for Military Messaging is limited and at Isode we believe that the importance of mobile access to military messaging is increasing. We picked Android as the OS for Harrier because we believe it is likely to be the dominant platform for mobile military usage.

The first release of Harrier will include all of the core functionality required of a military messaging client, and Isode has a roadmap to extend both platform support and military feature support.

Harrier is now in Beta release, you can apply to join by contacting us.

As well as Harrier we are introducing Icon-5066, Isode’s modem independent STANAG 5066 server, which includes a number of desirable capabilities not found in HF vendor provided S5066 servers (including Wideband HF and multiple platform support).

The first in our Icon (Isode Constrained Networking) product family, Icon-5066 includes drivers for RapidM RM6/RM8 modems and modems from the Rockwell Collins VHSM 2500 family. As modem drivers are written in Lua, a high performance embedded scripting language, new drivers can be easily developed, modified and maintained by Isode and Isode partners

You can find out more about Icon 5066 here.