L-3 TRL announces Queen's award success for mini crypto
Gloucestershire-based defence manufacturer L-3 TRL Technology has announced today its success in winning a Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of the outstanding innovation of its market-leading miniature encryption device, Mini-Catapan.
This is ADS member L-3 TRL’s third Queen’s Award.
“The success of Mini-Catapan has enabled us to establish a leading position in the UK marketplace and has created new international growth opportunities for L-3 TRL within the information assurance arena,” said Adrian Cunningham, L-3 TRL v ice p resident and head of its National Security division. “We have created a strong platform from which to expand our capabilities in this area, and with a number of innovative developments in the pipeline, this is an exciting time for us as a business.”
The initial development of Mini-Catapan was prompted by government requirements for secure IP connections between classified networks using public network infrastructure. Previous hardware-based, rack-mounted units deployed on fixed networks were costly for users and became outdated with the increasing use of mobile platforms. Mini-Catapan was designed to offer a high- speed capability in a pocket-sized, reprogrammable unit, offering improved flexibility, better usability and easier maintenance for users.
Developed under the guidance of the National Technical Authority, CESG, Mini-Catapan was certified by the CESG Assisted Products Service (CAPS) as a High Grade Top Secret crypto in 2009, and the device was launched shortly thereafter into the UK market. Since certification, Mini-Catapan has been widely deployed across a number of government, security and law enforcement agency networks worldwide.