Fortress, General Dynamics agree on reseller pact

Fortress Technologies, a provider of secure wireless networking, has reached an agreement with General Dynamics C4 Systems to resell its secure wireless solutions to the government market.

Under the terms of the agreement announced Oct. 4 by Fortress, General Dynamics C4 Systems will package Fortress technologies with its mobile, rugged notebooks and servers for use with mission-critical military and government operations. General Dynamics C4 Systems will sell and service Fortress solutions globally with a primary focus on command and control, communications networking, space systems, computing, and information assurance programs.

The Fortress reseller relationship complements General Dynamics C4 Systems' line of Type 1 security solutions for wired and wireless voice and data, Fortress said. Type 1 solutions have classifications of secret and above.

'Our products are used by numerous military, national security, public safety and first response agencies to collect and transmit extremely sensitive information,' said Tom Turner, vice president and general manager of Computing Technologies at General Dynamics C4 Systems, in a statement. 'They are often in a deployed location that has no available infrastructure. This agreement will enable our customers to securely extend mission-critical communications to the most demanding environments.'

A major component of the reseller agreement is Fortress' new ES520, a secure wireless access bridge that combines wireless, switching and security services in a small and rugged form. It can function as a self-contained network or as a secure wireless access point/bridge to provide on-demand secure voice, video and data communications.

The Fortress solutions will be integrated into General Dynamics' enterprise computing platforms, notebooks, high-performance servers and ultra-thin clients.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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