A smart phone that's rugged, submersible and NSA-secure
- By Greg Crowe
- Jan 31, 2013
Ascent Rugged Mobile has announced the release of the SAIFE Sentry X1, a version of Handheld’s Nautiz X1 rugged smart phone loaded with Cummings Engineering’s SAIFE encryption software. The combination of physical durability and security could be hard to beat for agencies whose employees work in harsh conditions.
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The Nautiz X1 is arguably the most rugged smart phone on the market. Since its original release last September, it has gotten quite a lot of attention in military and government IT circles. Of course it meets the stringent MIL-STD-810G standards for humidity, vibration, drops and temperature, as many rugged mobile devices do. But where the X1 stands out is that it was given an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP67, which means that not only is it impervious to dust, but can withstand full immersion in water up to one meter deep for up to 30 minutes.
Add to that software that enables secure communications with not only FIPS 140-2 validated methods, but also a National Security Agency Suite B cryptographic core, and you have something that some agencies might really need. It seems like a good match.
Perhaps the best part about the SAIFE software is that it will work with any commercially available smart phone hardware, with any carrier or simply across an Internet connection. It can be installed without changing a smart phone’s Trusted Platform Module or any other hardware.
The phone has a 1-GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor, 2G of onboard memory (expandable with a microSD card), a sunlight-readable 4-inch touch screen and runs the Android 4.0 operating system.
“Handheld is very pleased to provide the Nautiz X1 for this unique offering,” said Handheld Business Development Manager Danny Adams. “Along with providing complete security, the SAIFE Sentry is fully rugged, waterproof and shielded against dust and sand. It’s made to withstand the harsh conditions our military and public safety officers encounter every day.”
Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who covered mobile technology.