Maryland-based and GSN-Award Winner, TCOM, to Showcase Effectiveness of Lighter-Than-Air Maritime ISR Solutions for Cost-Efficient Persistent Surveillance at The Singapore Airshow 2018
Singapore. TCOM, Columbia, Maryland-based, a global leader for innovative, cost-effective Airborne Persistent Surveillance Solutions is proud to announce its upcoming participation in the 2018 Singapore Airshow where it will showcase superior persistent surveillance solutions at booth R92 in the USA pavilion. The long-awaited 2018 Singapore Airshow will take place February 6-11 in the Changi Exhibition Centre; showcasing the world's finest and innovative in the avionics and defense industries.
TCOM is the global authority in airborne persistent surveillance solutions with operations in over 20 countries around the world. For over 40 years, TCOM innovations have defined the industry, and their pioneering achievements continue to revolutionize the design, manufacture, and deployment of Lighter Than Air (LTA) systems. TCOM platform solutions include numerous classes of aerostats that can each be equipped with a broad selection of proven payloads that are customizable for specific customer requirements. The TCOM 22M and 28M Operational Class Aerostats are versatile, battle-proven, rapid deployment, persistent surveillance solutions. They are equipped to detect and track targets in the most challenging terrain, including those at sea.
Recently, it has been widely reported that regional states such as the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and New Zealand, are actively increasing their ISR vigilance. Adding to that complexity is the presence of largely populated areas in multiple countries proximate to the conflict zone, making it difficult to select one tool or method to create an effective operational 'big picture' for decision makers. Wisely, countries are also considering an all-of-the-above approach for their defenses to ensure full situational awareness with optimized intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) for land, air, and sea domains.
This year, TCOM will showcase the unique value its maritime systems can provide. Unhindered by costly fuel or aeronautic maintenance the Aerostat systems provide unmatched ISR capabilities. Their true strengths are observed with their Maritime ISR showings as the Aerostat is not "just a balloon" but a persistent, unmanned, ISR platform. Specific to the maritime environment where ground surveillance is rendered ineffective by the scale of the maritime environment, tactical and strategic Aerostats outperform other solutions based on their ability to carry a wide variety of payload to altitudes in excess of 20,000 ft. above mean sea level (MSL) with station time measured in weeks not hours. Aerostat systems need little time to deploy and have lower maintenance requirements at a substantially lower hourly operational cost than conventional aircraft and drones. Moreover, aerostats offer a combination of wide viewing angles and high resolution for more precise identification of small objects as well as surveillance of larger areas. In short, aerostats enable true persistent, real-time tactical ISR at an affordable cost.
Aerostats can serve as a platform for an array of sensors to provide indications and warnings of aerial and maritime threats. The helium-filled Aerostat provides a clear line of sight over air and sea space to a range of up to 200km. The reinforced tether provides near real-time ISR to the ground station personnel who can make smarter decisions based on actionable assessments. This is especially useful when dealing with extremely busy ports, and the difficult task to observe highly a congested waterway. Threats to congested waterways are ever present and not hindered by time, a safe port is a productive port and is at risk of failure without superior surveillance systems such as the Aerostat.
To Learn More, visit TCOM's booth at R92 in the USA Pavilion at the Singapore Air Show.
About TCOM, LP:
TCOM, LP is a global leader of Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) solutions of Lighter-than-Air Persistent Surveillance Tethered Aerostat platforms for Air, Maritime, and Land. For over 40 years, the company's pioneering innovations have defined the persistent surveillance and Lighter-than-Air industries. By blending leading edge technology, manufacturing and field operation capabilities, TCOM has provided ISR systems for the United States and foreign governments with complete persistent surveillance capabilities. Our systems are in use around the globe including theaters of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. TCOM's delivered systems include fixed-site deployments, fully transportable systems and specialized sea-based deployments. TCOM's headquarters are based in Columbia, MD and the Manufacturing & Flight Test Facility is located near Elizabeth City, NC. TCOM is the only company in the world devoted to cost-effective LTA surveillance solutions with in-house aerostat and airship manufacture, assembly, flight test, and training capabilities. Learn more at http://www.tcomlp.com.
Government Security News Judge Chuck Brooks appointed to Adjunct Faculty at Master's in Applied Intelligence Program at Georgetown University
Chuck Brooks, MA ’81 was recently appointed to be Adjunct Faculty at Master's in Applied Intelligence Program at Georgetown University. Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Applied Intelligence program focuses on three key sectors, namely homeland security, law enforcement, and competitive business intelligence.
Chuck will be teaching a graduate course in Risk Management in Homeland Security. His course will provide students with the skills needed to assess and respond to an organization's exposure to risk as related to homeland security. Students will learn how to model, measure, and assess undesirable risks and reduce risks relevant to large organizations with public obligations across criminal justice disciplines and in public-private security collaborations.
Chuck is currently President Brooks Consulting International, a firm specializing in cybersecurity and emerging technologies strategy, branding, thought leadership, and marketing. LinkedIn named Chuck as one of “The Top 5 Tech People to Follow on LinkedIn” out of their 500 million members. He is also an advisor to LinkedIn on cybersecurity and emerging technology issues. Chuck has published more than 150 articles and blogs on cybersecurity and technology issues and is a frequent featured speaker at conferences.
Chuck has also judged five Government Security News Homeland Security Awards. In both 2017 and 2016, he was named “Cybersecurity Marketer of the Year by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Chuck’s professional industry affiliations include being the Chairman of CompTIA’s New and Emerging Technology Committee, and as a member, Electrical and Electronics Engineers IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Working Group. He is on the Advisory Board, Center for Advancing Innovation, and has also served as a Technology Partner Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Chuck has served in government at The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the first Legislative Director of The Science & Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. He served as a top Advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter on Capitol Hill covering security and technology issues on Capitol Hill. Earlier in his career he served a Special Assistant of the Director of Voice of America. He also was an Auxiliary Police Officer for Arlington County , Virginia.
Chuck was also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University where he taught a course on Homeland Security and Congress. He has an MA in International relations from the University of Chicago, a BA in Political Science from DePauw University, and a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law.
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Preston Abbey PA-CFT eliminates the need for government personnel to manually feed secure fax machines and is compatible with Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol
RESTON, VA, 06 FEBRUARY 2018 – Preston Abbey, a developer of solutions for the secure transmission of confidential and sensitive documents, today introduced the PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer), enabling government and defense agencies to transfer any classified files, including documents, photos, videos and maps, with the security of Secure Telephone Equipment (STE). When using Preston Abbey PA-CFT, transmitted files never leave a secure environment, thus providing a paperless solution that allows sensitive files to be sent electronically, dramatically reducing the risk of classified documents being compromised during the manual fax process.
“There is a pressing need for this type of solution due to the increasing number of attacks on Internet-based systems, such as email and databases, which represents a major threat to those in government who need to protect and secure classified information,” said David Shaw, President and co-founder of Preston Abbey.
Preston Abbey solutions accomplish the secure transmission of classified documents without the use of email, the Internet or any mechanism susceptible to eavesdropping or other interference by unauthorized parties, including foreign governments, terrorist groups, hackers and anyone who would leak sensitive material on public web sites.
Preston Abbey offers an effective migration path from obsolete or outdated secure fax equipment to a completely paperless operation, with little or no impact on the day-to-day operations of a government agency or its communications network. Preston Abbey solutions support the reliable connection of modern printer/scanner devices to replace legacy equipment and secure mission critical document exchange over existing communications channels, retaining the full advantages of STEs for confidentiality.
The full Preston Abbey product range meets the needs of civilian government and military agencies that rely on STEs and Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP) to send and receive classified files and includes:
- PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer)
- The paperless solution
- PA-LFR (Legacy Fax Replacement)
- A cost-effective alternative to aging and often failing fax machines
- PA-SAA (Stand Alone Application)
- A software solution allowing connection of a STE to Windows or Mac
The Preston Abbey solutions allow the standard RS232 interface for STEs to seamlessly access the full features of the advanced software.
“It is abundantly clear that the emerging requirement for sensitive file transmission is to retain the faxing mechanism’s extraordinary security of a point-to-point, direct communication path, while avoiding the tedious need to handle physical documents,” said James Abbey, CEO and co-founder of Preston Abbey. “With PA-CFT, government users will become more efficient by being able to transfer documents to or from their computer directly without having to go through the time and trouble of manually operating a fax machine.”
The Preston Abbey PA-CFT will automatically determine the nature of the recipient device and make the appropriate technical arrangements. Designed with reliability in mind, the proprietary firmware is hardened against transmission errors or other communications problems and will optionally retry data that fails internal integrity checking. Preston Abbey solutions provide long-term dependability for secure document handling requirements, as well as an upgrade path for new features.
Preston Abbey solutions require minimum engineering changes or network alterations. They enable users of legacy equipment to migrate easily and effectively to modern, inexpensive paperless solutions. Speed is mandatory and is provided by mature platforms that Preston Abbey leverages to provide robust solutions for critical document handling. The Preston Abbey solutions are fully automated and feature a simple web interface, ensuring quick and easy configuration and set-up. Once installed, they will operate continuously without user intervention.
About Preston Abbey
Preston Abbey develops reliable, mission critical communications solutions that secure the connectivity and delivery of confidential and sensitive documents for government and DOD agencies. Headquartered in the heart of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area's technology corridor, Preston Abbey has unparalleled experience, expertise and knowledge of secure fax technology for government deployments. For more information visit the website at: www.prestonabbey.com.
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