Blueforce and Verizon team up on security programme

Blueforce Development and Verizon Wireless are working together to deliver advanced wireless products for public safety, emergency medical, national security and critical infrastructure protection in the government and commercial markets.

Offered through Verizon’s business alliance programme, Verizon and Blueforce’s combined expertise focuses on delivering information mobility and situational awareness for human-to-human and machine-to-machine (M2M) interactions using Verizon’s network and services.

Blueforce Tactical, the firm’s mobile wireless product, has been used in many quick-reaction scenarios including: force and hostage rescue; medical instances on the battlefield; unattended chemical and biological sensor normalisation; critical infrastructure protection; border protection; and disaster response.

Sensor normalisation and sensor sharing between users and machine systems has included chemical, explosive, motion, seismic, accelerometer, gyroscope, unmanned aerial vehicles and various thermal and day camera systems. Life safety sensors have included heart rate, respiration, body temperature and pulse oximetry.

“As M2M is more widely adopted across industries, it’s changing the way our enterprise and government customers leverage wireless solutions to enhance their businesses,” said Christopher Felix, vice president for federal government markets at Verizon Wireless.

“The advances that Verizon Wireless has made with its 4G LTE technology along with the sophisticated M2M services we deliver help to change the way mission-critical businesses operate.”

By using Verizon’s Windows-based smartphones, tablets and netbooks, Blueforce provides a software application and fusion platform for secure information sharing and enhanced presence among national security teams.

Three critical areas for this initiative include last tactical mile information mobility, critical infrastructure protection and contingency operations.

“Whether it’s for our war fighters, homeland security personnel, law enforcement or first responders, information mobility is the critical component that enables them to quickly make better decisions,” said Michael Helfrich, founder and chief executive officer of Blueforce. “The ability to share actionable mission information and telemetry data between these teams provides for unprecedented mission efficiency and life safety.

“Our relationship with Verizon Wireless allows us to work together to deliver accelerated and complementary wireless data solutions for our prospective customers who work on the front lines of national security.”

With Blueforce and Verizon, the end user has an integrated M2M system with location-based services (both outside and inside of structures) and person-attached or unattended sensor data that simultaneously permits secure information exchange between wireless devices and networks.

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