Fitelnet is one of the members of the DCN Group (www.dcn.fi), an expert consortium that offers a state-of-the-art, off-the-shelf solution for fast and efficient telecommunication systems for use in crises and natural catastrophes.
The integrated DCN (Deployable COTS Network) concept harnesses commercially available technology to provide fast, reliable, and highly flexible mobile data networks – for military and civilian crisis management teams, as well as commercial operators working under particularly demanding conditions.
The DCN Group uses the latest COTS data transfer technologies, and combines the best of commercial systems with the best in military data transfer networks – and is the world’s only provider of mobile, high-capacity data transfer platforms for network solutions, including GSM, TETRA, UMTS, HF, and SATCOM.
Extensively based on the experience of the Finnish Defence Forces, with whom the underlying system was developed, DCN’s COTS technology is constantly being developed to ensure that it remains capable of offering the best.
Interoperability and availability
- The DCN concept is based on standardised products offering full ITU-T and NATO interoperability and easy transportability. Designed to meet wartime operational requirements, it is more than a match for all crisis-type conditions.
- High levels of security have been built in from the start and a number of different security configurations can be implemented, enabling a DCN solution to meet military and civilian, as well as mixed military-civilian needs.
- Subscribers can securely access a network through a COTS access node using standard interfaces.
- The modular structure of the DCN concept has been designed with excellent survivability in mind. Access networks can be dispersed over a large area, avoiding the creation of critical nodes and enabling a network to be managed from any node. This modularity provides valuable flexibility and makes it ideal for both national and international environments.
- System units are integrated into a transportable, EMP/HPM-protected system cabinet (SDH cable system unit, PDH radio link indoor unit, xDSL modem, TETRA base station unit).
- The field system shelter is equipped with COTS-level temperature control and meets tough vibration tolerance requirements.
- Core and last-mile connections are implemented using microwave, radio, optical fibre, and copper cable technology.
- An HF radio station, compliant with the STANAG 5066 standard and featuring integrated LAN technology, can be connected to the network.
- Voice services are implemented with voice-over IP technology, while router networks and data systems use IP technology.