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DARPA Builds Wireless Tactical Comm Gateway; Keith Gremban Comments

ArmyChopperThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has built a gateway platform to help frontline U.S. soldiers and defense organizations communicate during tactical operations.

DARPA’s Mobile Ad hoc Interoperability Network Gateway seeks to connect multiple communications systems into a common infrastructure and help forward-deployed troops send and receive voice, data and video, DARPA said Thursday.

Agency researchers also designed the system with a mobile Internet Protocol network radio technology.

“From a radio perspective, MAINGATE allows coalition forces to plug in their own radio systems and MAINGATE takes the necessary steps so everyone can communicate in real time,” said Keith Gremban, a DARPA program manager.

DARPA says the technology has been deployed in Afghanistan and helped a commander access a video feed in real time and counter an attempted base intrusion.

MAINGATE is also designed to help civilian emergency responders and government agencies exchange information during crises.

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