DANVERS, Mass., 28 Aug. 2007. LineSider Technologies' WirePower secure network management technology has been selected by American Systems, a government IT solutions provider, for implementation in developmental early warning system.a Called Red Cell, the system is designed to rapidly provide geographically precise risk alerts via sensor networks and the cellular communication infrastructure.
American Systems selected LineSider because WirePower's policy-based, top-down design approach to network management adds a layer of ad hoc customization and security to the ubiquity and fault-tolerance of Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure.
WirePower enables secure, flexible connections to critical network nodes based on the dictates of effective event notification and command-and-control response protocols. As a result, WirePower facilitates the development of a network that is secure but sufficiently malleable and dynamic to serve the stringent demands of both preemptive alert and crisis response scenarios.
American Systems was selected to develop and demonstrate their Red Cell solution by the Institute for Defense and Homeland Security (IDHS), an operating entity within the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT).
Red Cell's primary mission is to ensure timely decision-making and response in emergency situations, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) events.
The Red Cell concept uses a standards-based, net-centric framework to connect sensor networks to public cellular telephone users located in a specific geographical area (cell tower footprint). Sensors detect an abnormality from baseline data and notify appropriate first responder and command and control personnel, who are then able to take action immediately. A key focus area is the decision-making process and how to determine that the event is an actual emergency rather than a false alarm. Once an emergency is declared, using sensor-derived data, a decision is made to notify civilians via the cell phone network.
LineSider and six other American Systemstechnology partners are collaborating on the design and deployment of the solution. A live concept demonstration of Red Cell's capabilities is scheduled at the Fort Pickett, Va., National Guard facility in the summer of 2007.