Indian Army Corps of Signals, in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), organizes DEFCOM every year. This year (2015) DEFCOM demonstrations were held on November 23rd and 24th in Delhi. Luminaries from Indian Industry, Academia, R&D Organizations, and Defense services will assemble to analyze critical aspects for development of Information, Communications, Technology, Electronics and Cyber (ICTEC) infrastructure to meet the requirements of a futuristic battlefield. The objective of DEFCOM 2015 was to provide participants an insight into the realization of a ‘Digital Army’.

Parallel Wireless at DEFCOM: Delhi 2015

Parallel Wireless solution enables military agencies to provide both fixed coverage for military bases and tactical communications coverage that can easily and instantly be deployed for mobile operations. Parallel Wireless’ unique, 3GPP compliant, and cost-effective solution was included as part of a live 4G Mobile Tactical Communication demo with vendors Cisco and Sonim. The key solution components and deployment use cases were highly relevant to Indian Army for their network modernization.

The key components of this Tactical Solution are as follows

  • A highly secured and ruggedized end-to-end mobile network with support for remote network installation with multiple backhaul options available (satellite, DSL, microwave, etc.)
  • Radio on the Move supporting automation of the Battel networks on the mobile field
    • Self-orchestration / optimization and configuration features of the mobile network that supports mobility emerged as the key differentiation
  • Ad-hoc coverage bubble with collocated eNodeB + EPC + IMS as a distributed system as well as EPC + IMS in a centralized location supporting voice and data
    • Localization and customization of security are mandatory requirements for the Defense network

Parallel Wireless solution for tactical communications provides the following for public safety LTE:

  • Rapid and easy installation to deliver instant coverage
    • Enables ad hoc mesh networks built from cost-effective hardware
  • Wireless network that is fully operational in minutes: self-configuring
  • Unobtrusive: no maintenance with self-optimization
  • Local organizational and network sovereignty
    • There are close to 1,129,900 active troops and 960,000 reserve troops; each armored, artillery and aviation branch has their own budget cycles and different needs while all requiring the ability to run their network in a disaster where the national network is down
  • Reliable outdoor and indoor coverage in day-to-day operations and in disasters
  • Flexible backhaul including mesh and satellite backhaul
  • Interoperable with all carrier networks and different agencies’ networks as well as with legacy LMR/PMR services networks
  • Robustness with self-healing capabilities
  • Adjustable and dynamic network capacity to fit public safety needs for any environment
  • Software enables cost-effective LTE hardware and simple embedded cost-effective processors to be much more capable than ever before
  • Provides high security to protect emergency communications
  • Ability to use cost-effective handsets + adaptors
  • Enables Bring Your Own Coverage (BYOC) that provides low-cost coverage that can be brought to dead zones (i.e. rural, tunnels, in-buildings, etc.)
    • Enables military base coverage, deployables / ad hoc networks, and meshing

The Cisco + Parallel Wireless booth had visits from a number of key defense officials including Defense Minister and Head of the Indian Army Corps of Signals.