SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The National Security Agency (NSA) has awarded a contract to General Dynamics C4 Systems enabling military and government users to order the Sectéra® Edge secure, wireless phone/personal digital assistant (PDA) or smartphone. The Sectéra Edge smartphone will be available to U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security and other government personnel with initial deliveries expected in fourth-quarter 2007. The Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a potential value of $300 million over five years. General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
The Sectéra Edge smartphone effectively replaces multiple devices and is an elegant convergence of cutting-edge communications and information assurance technologies packaged in a rugged, user-friendly design, said John Cole, vice president of Information Assurance at General Dynamics C4 Systems. Military and government users will have secure network connectivity whenever they need it, even on-the-move.
Developed under the NSA Secure Mobile Environment/Portable Electronic Device (SME PED) program, the Sectéra Edge smartphone will provide wireless access to the U.S. Governments Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet), enabling users to email, web-browse and, with one touch, switch between classified and unclassified data communications.