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Fortress Technologies Teams With Telos Corporation on Defense Manpower Data Center Identity Protection Program


Fortress Technologies, Inc.

2008-07-15 07:30:00

Fortress Technologies Teams With Telos Corporation on Defense Manpower Data Center Identity Protection Program

Company Enables Secure Wireless Communications at U.S. Military Checkpoints Worldwide

LANSDOWNE, VA–(EMWNews – July 15, 2008) – Fortress Technologies, a leading provider of

secure wireless solutions, today announced it has been selected as part of

the Telos Corporation team to support the implementation of the Department

of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) identity protection

and management programs. The contract, awarded to Telos, runs for one year

with four, one-year options and has a potential value of $582 million, if

all options are exercised.

As part of the contract, Fortress will provide its Fortress Secure Wireless

Bridges, which will enable a secure wireless link between handheld devices

and a DMDC database. The handheld devices will be used at U.S. military

checkpoints worldwide to scan Common Access Cards (CACs) — the standard

identification card for active duty military personnel, selected reserve,

DoD civilian employees, and eligible contractor personnel and other ID

cards — providing real-time authorization.

“DMDC maintains an archive of personnel, manpower, training, security, and

financial data for more than 28 million individuals currently and

previously connected to the DoD,” said Dana Kuntz, Vice President, Federal

Sales, Fortress. “Enabling guards at military installation entrances to

have real-time identity management access via CAC information, directly to

the DMDC database, is critical to ensuring the security of these bases. We

are proud to have been selected by Telos to assist with this capability.”

Fortress Secure Wireless Bridges will be installed at select checkpoints

and will transmit the scanned CAC information to the DMDC database for

access. As an “all-in-one” network access device, Fortress Secure Wireless

Bridges combine the features of a wireless access point, bridge, Ethernet

switch, and high assurance Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)

140-2 validated security in a small, rugged, weatherized form factor —

enabling secure voice, video, and data communications in deployable


“Supporting DMDC for more than 12 years, Telos’ past performance is a clear

reason for our longevity,” said Mark Griffin, president of Telos affiliate,

Telos Identity Management Solutions (TIMS), LLC, who will perform the

project integration. “Telos has worked successfully with Fortress on a

number of other DoD-related programs and we are confident that this project

will mirror our partnership’s successful track record. We look forward to

initiating work.”

About Fortress Technologies

Fortress Technologies designs, develops and manufactures products that

allow our customers to deploy secure wireless networks that comply with

stringent government policies. Fortress provides industry-leading security

and wireless technologies that extend the reach of networks, bringing

applications and information to those who need it, when and where they need

it. Fortress enables immediate “on demand” secure voice, video and data

communications virtually anywhere and across all wired or wireless

transports including Wi-Fi (802.11), WiMAX (802.16), free space optics

(FSO), Military RF and satellite. Fortress products are currently deployed

in some of the world’s most demanding environments, supporting vital

operations that include deployable communications, disaster recovery and

continuity of operations (DR COOP), perimeter and border security, outdoor

wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, wireless video surveillance

and vehicle networks.

For more information, visit or call 813-288-7388.

Chris Whalen
Fortress Technologies

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