Forms are important for military operations, and there is often a need to handle forms quickly and share with a large number of users, such as Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) alerts.
XMPP based open standard instant messaging is widely used by military organisations and is a sensible framework for sharing forms. Our new whitepaper [Military Forms using XMPP], published on the Isode website today, looks at the requirements for military forms and how the XEP-0346 “Forms Display and Publishing” (FDP) can be used to provide real time military forms. It looks at how capabilities provided by M-Link support military forms using FDP, and how gateways can enable integration with other services. FDP is supported in the most recent R16.2 release along with FDP Management in M-Link Console.
Over the last couple of years we’ve been conducting both ground and flight trials with a number of military aircraft operators to look at addressing the problems of text chat over constrained links (high-latency, unreliable connection, low-bandwidth).
Text chat has become a vital capability for the modern warfighter but most modern text chat deployments have significant problems, both architectural and functional, in the constrained link environment.
Addressing these problems has been a high priority for our development team and we believe that our M-Link XMPP server product now leads the field in this environment.
We continue to participate in trials whenever we’re given the opportunity, which is why we were very happy to support Boeing and NATO’s NCI Agency in the recent Unified Vision 2014 exercise, the largest ever test of NATO’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.
M-Link capabilities, including Federated Multi-User Chat and submission of Tactical Reports (TACREPS) using dynamic chat forms, were extensively tested over a 10 day period. We’re very happy with the feedback and results we got from the tests, which will enable us to make even more improvements to M-Link’s performance.
The results from Unified Vision will be used as the baseline for implementation of a Joint ISR Initial Operational Capability, in 2016, for the NATO Response Force.
Isode has always been an Open Standards company. All of our products are Open Standards based and we believe that contributing to the Open Standards community is beneficial to ourselves and our customers. This is why we’ve always encouraged our staff members to contribute their expertise to standards settings bodies such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF).
Today we’re pleased to announce the publication of the 125th IETF RFC authored or co-authored by a member of the Isode team, RFC 7162 (IMAP Extensions: Quick Flag Changes Resynchronization and Quick Mailbox Resynchronization).
Congratulations to Alexey Melnikov (who has the official title here at Isode of “Open Standards Czar”) and former Isode employee Dave Cridland.
RFC 7162 obsoletes RFC 4551 and RFC 5162, both of which were also co-authored by Alexey.