Redundant Satcom Link to Extend Secure BlackBerry's Reach: Part of CAN-US Security-Enhanced BlackBerry Project


  1. Salmanian, M.
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Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
This document is a summary of the analysis and integration in bringing redundant satellite links to secure (up to Protected-B) BlackBerry handsets and providing coverage in remote areas and the coasts that are beyond the reach of cellular signals. Extending coverage to these areas and having redundant links in urban areas improves access to the core network. This project is an effort to improve and enable interoperable and secure data exchange for federal, provincial or state, and municipal emergency managers at times of catastrophe when the cellular towers are damaged. One of the objectives of the CAN-US Security-Enhanced Blackberry Trial was to investigate such a possibility and this solution could potentially be used to meet this objective. The solution required no change or modifications to the BlackBerry handset. The cellular coverage of Altobridge’s portable base station controller was extended by means of a satellite backbone link. The temporary portable cellular site uses a SATCOM transceiver, EMS Satcom’s STORM terminal, which has also been used by the Canadian military. Secure e-mail exchange, with Entrust Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), has been demonstrated on this system and it has been prototyped in a portable package for further demonstrations and tests.

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2006-259 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2006
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