Networks Communications


Army puts a 4G battlefield telemedicine system to the test

A real-time system that connects medics on the battlefield with surgeons at a hospital would save lives, if it can be made to work.

Why is ICANN selling government-sounding domain names?

An investment group that applied for 307 generic top-level domains, including .army, .airforce and .medical, is raising concerns over the potential for fraud.

Keys to mobile security: Consistent controls, user common sense

GAO report on mobile threats concludes that certain agencies, and all users, can help improve security.

NOAA, Navy swimming with the SHARCs

Unmanned ocean-going Wave Gliders proving useful for research and, perhaps, much more.

Energy lab develops Sophia to help secure SCADA systems

A team at the Idaho National Laboratory spent three years developing the software sentry, which monitors industrial networks for any suspicious activity.

Too many agencies asleep at the wheel as IPv6 deadline looms

Just days before the deadline for enabling the next generation of Internet Protocols on web sites, more than half have not yet begun to do so, according to NIST. Meanwhile, the supply of IPv4 addresses continues to run out.

What is LTE, and why is it right for a public safety network?

The details of a national public safety network have yet to be worked out, but the consensus is it will be based on the emerging Long Term Evolution standard.

Public safety network has ‘eye-opening’ first real-world test

Police on the street and in the crowd used iPhones for encrypted voice, data and video, free of the congestion that can hamper a commercial wireless network.

What's next in the network: software defined networking

The emerging type of architecture opens up once-closed routers and switches to optimize speed and performance within a network.

It's called 'sparse data,' and it could be a big deal

The small bits of data coming from sensors recording everything from temperature changes to coffee pot use could make a big difference in the way we manage things.

The return of the sneaker net

Bigger bandwidth nearly killed off sneaker nets entirely, but today's gigantic files sizes just might bring them back.

EMP attack on power grid could take down DOD systems, experts warn

A worst-case scenario could take out parts of the grid for years, according to some studies, and although equipment exists that can prevent such damage, Congress and the power industry cannot agree on action.

Was 'Sneakers' right about secret government IT?

The movie that inspired a lot of people to become government techies might have been real, just a little.

Google mystery Pluto switch

Cloak, dagger and Google: 'Pluto' switch remains a mystery

A different kind of networking switch that turned up in Iowa has been returned to Google — with no questions answered.

Chip encrypts Android calls, without the lag time

TrustCall system can turn almost any Android phone into a secure communication device.