Codan Limited (ASX: “CDA”) has acquired 100% of the shares in the US-based company, Domo Tactical Communications (DTC).

DTC is an established technology provider for high bandwidth wireless communications with specialist capabilities in MIMO Mesh networks (Multiple nodes can be combined into a wireless ad-hoc IP network – DTC’s fluid, self-forming, self-healing mesh. With genuine non-line of sight coverage, superb penetration and wide bandwidth in difficult environments). DTC is an established provider to customers including Military and Special Forces, Law Enforcement, Counter-Terror Units, Governments, Autonomous Systems Manufacturers and System Integrators to meet key connectivity and communication challenges.

Through excellence and innovation, DTC is recognized as the trusted partner for Mission Critical Tactical Networks & Surveillance Solutions.

Asymmetric warfare has redefined the tactical edge. Defensive postures and communication infrastructure of the past applied to a much more stationary battlefield with less sophisticated adversaries. Today’s battlefield is much more dynamic and adversaries have adopted cyber and electronic warfare tactics. To stay ahead, we need to ensure that dismounted soldiers have the same secure and robust communications experience while on-the-move as they do at-the-halt.

On-the-move means communications components that have smaller form factors, ruggedised to adapt to mobility over any terrain and reliable in the face of unanticipated conditions. Situational awareness cannot wait until troops establish an at-the-halt position. Wireless, secure, mobile, ad-hoc communication networks deployed at the tactical edge are critical to the success of the mission and the safety of dismounted soldiers.

The SOL8SDR-H2 is a single solution to meet the mission-critical requirements of tactical and special operation applications where robust, encrypted, tactical mobile communication links are needed to provide enhanced situational awareness.

The SOL8SDR-H2 employs DTC’s latest proprietary Tactical COFDM forms MeshUltraTM and MeshUltra-X to provide fully encrypted high bandwidth data, video and audio in challenging, dynamic, non-line-of-sight environments in which our users operate. It has been engineered for dismounted, body-worn, ground fighting vehicles and Manned-UnManned Teaming (MUM-T) to provide Shared Situational Awareness (SSA) in cities, urban and subterranean.

The DTC SOL8SDR-H2 is based on DTC’s game-changing SOL8 Software Defined Radio (SDR). It is at home operating as a Tactical Mobile Adhoc Network (MANET) IP Mesh node, a point-to-point (P2P) COFDM Transmitter, or a P2P receiver, streaming video to a tablet PC. It also offers dual on-board HD-capable video encoders and support for a variety of different camera interfaces to stream live video in an operational environment. The radio also features an “open mic” full-duplex audio with four independent audio channels, a built-in GPS receiver, onboard SD card storage, as well as a full 2W of output power.

The SOL8SDR-H2 is part of DTC’s versatile family of IP Mesh and (P2P) COFDM radios, designed to meet the requirements of a diverse range of surveillance and battlefield applications. It combines a familiar “Soldier Radio” physical form factor, robust construction and simplified user interface, with the ability to use industry-standard battery packs, chargers and holsters.

Proven compatibility with ATAK, CIVTAK & WINTAK as well as other situational awareness applications, with the ability to operate in channel bandwidths down to 1.25MHz for extreme range performance at very low power (and therefore with low LPE / LPI / LPD) makes the SOL8SDR-H2 the ideal choice for Squad Data Radios Sharing PLI, mapping data, messaging and mission plans – and operating without the need for external infrastructure – the SOL8SDR-H2 helps to build the overall situational awareness picture within the team.

Equally, DTC’s Interference Avoidance System (IAS) provides a cognitive radio capability, protecting communications from interference and jamming, while facilitating battlefield frequency coordination.

A reduced load leads to a more mobile and faster-moving force. MUM-T systems can do this by teaming the soldier with an unmanned or optionally manned vehicle, to deliver supplies and ammunition or even to act as mobile stretchers to aid in the evacuation of casualties.

With a DTC Mesh radio on the vehicle, the SOSL8SDR-H2 is the ideal choice for a soldier carried controller node. Interfacing to a rugged tablet PC or custom remote controller and powered from standard MBITR-style military batteries, the SOL8SDR-H2 facilitates vehicle control and brings back video and sensor data from the vehicle. With the DTC Mesh, repeater nodes can easily be dropped to build-out control range, well Beyond Line-of-Sight – all without any need for manual configuration.

Direct video downlink from UAV platforms can provide unrivalled wide situational awareness on the battlefield, as well as close-in intelligence on targets and opposing forces. The SOL8SDR-H2 can operate in a “receive only” COFDM mode, using industry-standard DVB-T or DTC proprietary narrowband COFDM waveforms to provide a low latency “one-to-many” downlink surveillance capability. And with streaming IP video output, it can stream directly to existing tablet PCs.

MANET Mesh Networks are seamlessly self-healing. If a node is removed or a link is broken, for example, due to interference or the introduction of a large obstacle, then the Mesh will re-route via another path.

DTC’s Mesh technology uses COFDM modulation. Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing – or COFDM for short – is today widely used in wireless mobile communications systems. It provides significant advantages in terms of robustness and multipath rejection over traditional “single carrier” or WiFi-based communication systems.

COFDM works by splitting the information to be transmitted over a large number of signals or “carriers,” each transmitting at a very low data rate. These carriers are separated just enough to avoid interfering with each other. This contrasts with traditional high-speed communication links which use a single, very high data rate carrier (or a small number of carriers as in Wi-Fi), which are extremely susceptible to multipath interference, particularly in longer-range applications.

DTC has a passion for innovation which keeps us one step ahead in the rapidly changing and increasingly challenging environments in which we perform – whether on the battlefield or the streets of our cities. High-performance communication systems enable our customers to securely monitor, communicate and share information with confidence in complex environments and the most demanding situations.

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