have successfully demonstrated the first Highband Networking Radio (HNR) system featuring directive beam technology, an approach that extends range, improves throughput, and enhances spectrum efficiency.
The Harris-BAE Systems team demonstrated a self-forming, self-healing, mobile network utilising the HNR co-developed by the two companies.
The demonstration was conducted on January 25 and 26 in a 500-square-kilometre area of
‘This demo has proven that true, ad-hoc mobile networking is now available,’ said Sheldon Fox, vice president and general manager of Department of Defense Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems Division. "HNR provides the unique capability of a high throughput, mesh network that can be used in both mobile and static operations.’
According to Harris, the demonstration highlighted the full range of the HNR system's capabilities, including voice-over-IP, video teleconferencing, high-definition video and e-mail transmission at speeds of more than 30 megabits per second.
Using the Army's Joint Network Nodes (JNNs) to simulate multiple battalion-level tactical operations centres linked back to a simulated command centre, the HNR demonstrated static and mobile backbone communications links for army units dispersed throughout a 500-square-kilometre urban environment.
In addition, mobile satellite communications, secure wireless local area network (LAN) communications and tactical voice communications were integrated into the network and linked to a General Dynamics facility in