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The U.S. military invests heavily in
training on military bases and on
training ranges. Military personnel must
be able to monitor and assess exercises
to evaluate performance and ensure the
safety of U.S. troops. The military faces
a continuing challenge delivering high-
performance, ber-optic connectivity
to ring ranges, proving grounds and
missile ranges, some of which cover vast
tracts of land in remote areas.
Until now, war ghters, and
commanders and safety personnel have
had only partial coverage of these events
through the use of mobile devices or
communications gear that can access
command and control networks.
Ciena s 3931, a ruggedized switch kit
with successful applications in secure
commercial networks, addresses this
pressing military need and is capable of
delivering 10 Gigabits per second NNI/
UNI Ethernet to U.S. military customers.
Ciena s 3931 environmentally
hardened, Ethernet switch kit can give
command and control personnel live
video feeds of tactical maneuvers in
real-time. Having network connectivity
for eld training can help save lives and
enhance the instruction of military forces.
Ciena s 3931, which features a digital
camera and self-contained solar power,
was designed speci cally for use in
outdoor settings and can be mounted
on a pole. The hardened aspects of
the 3931, which allow it to withstand
extremes of outdoor temperature and the
elements, negate the need of building
or purchasing special cabinets to protect
the Ethernet switch. "This is a stand-
alone, prepackaged Ethernet switch in a
box," said Rob McLaughlin, manager of
DOD/DISA at Ciena.
The electronic components of the
3931 are stored safely in a self-cooling
clamshell. Only individuals authorized
to access it can get inside. A locked
outer door enables users to access the
features they need, and a locked inner
door protects the controls required by the
telecommunications services provider.
When it comes to powering the 3931,
there is no practical energy limitation
because the 3931 can harness solar
energy if connected to a solar source
attached to a DC power system.
"For military applications in particular,
having 10 Gbps of capacity in a remote
location for today s users is signi cant,"
said McLaughlin. "It s more than enough
capacity that a customer would want for
training range safety and monitoring to
deliver voice and streaming video from
the range back to a central command
and control facility."
The 3931 comes with a GUI-
based operations, administration, and
maintenance software suite that allows
users to manage devices that are plugged
into virtual local area networks.
Users at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz.,
tested earlier versions of the 3931 to
determine whether it could reduce the
need to deploy electric generators, and
the fuel needed to run them, to remote
locations on a training range. During
a month-long test in which network
operators checked the box each day, the
testers evaluated its hardened features and
ability to run on solar power. The 3931 kit
passed both tests with ying colors.
While the switch kit can operate
permanently at a location, it is also easy
to deploy in the
eld for tests
and exercises of
"The 3931 can
be turned up in
hours, as opposed to
days," said Ryan Kent,
associate systems engineer
for eld systems at Ciena.
The military capability of the 3931
switch kit does not end at support of
eld training exercises. The hardened
Ethernet switch is versatile enough to
serve in dual capacity as a Wi-Fi hotspot
at military test sites. It even can power
sensors and high-de nition cameras to
furnish persistent surveillance at military
bases and installations.
Ciena s partner Intelligent Decisions
can help Defense Department customers
build a comprehensive solution around
the 3931, whether for eld training or for
other uses, such as to support persistent
surveillance or mobile communications.
For more than 20 years, Intelligent
Decisions has been solving the industry s
most challenging IT problems by
building on its technology expertise and
past successes while capitalizing on a
customer s innovative approach
to solutions. •
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