Communications cooperation

QinetiQ and Thales UK have signed an agreement to co-develop products, services and solutions based on the Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP).


Qinetiq and Thales UK have signed an agreement to co-develop products, services and solutions based on the Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP).



Targeted at providing ‘best of breed’ telephony solutions to the growing UK and export markets for secure telephony, both companies will use their sovereign UK High Grade and related Information Assurance capabilities to create a UK-based centre of excellence. Initial offerings will include fixed telephony solutions based on both PSTN and VoIP and interoperable mobile solutions.



SCIP has been selected by the UK Government as its future secure telephony standard and is currently under consideration by at least 29 nations worldwide for defence and public safety environments. The standard is designed for wide and narrowband voice and data security, providing media independent solutions at a time of rapid change in the telephone communications industry. Key components to the SCIP standard include key management, voice compression, encryption and a signalling plan.



James Kilazoglou, Managing Director of Thales’ e-security activities said: ‘We are pleased to be undertaking this enterprise at a time when interoperability and communication between states and across civilian and military forces has become essential to the safety of nations. This agreement places the Thales UK / QinetiQ team in a unique position within the UK to exploit this important security technology over the next five years.’