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Thales and Streamwide boost the security of mission-critical 4G/5G mobile communications for emergency services and security forces

  • To support emergency services and security forces in their key missions, Thales and Streamwide are to offer a joint sovereign solution designed to boost the security of mission-critical mobile communications.
  • The confidentiality and integrity of all communications from command posts and in the field will be guaranteed by integrating Thales’s encryption Key Management Server (KMS) with Streamwide’s Team on Mission communications solution.
  • Thales’s KMS solution is compliant with the latest 3GPP1 standard, and integration with Streamwide’s Team on Mission solution, is expected to receive final validation shortly.

Long-standing partners and leaders in the French critical communications market, Thales and Streamwide are joining forces once again to boost the security, confidentiality and integrity of mission-critical radio communications for emergency services, security forces and critical infrastructure providers. Developed and controlled entirely in France, the joint solution will enable users to deploy private 4G and 5G networks with the guarantee that their communications are secure.

Security forces, emergency services and critical infrastructure providers seeking to transition their traditional 2G mobile communications capabilities to 4G and 5G technologies have various options at their disposal, ranging from dedicated private 4G/5G networks to hybrid networks using the coverage offered by national mobile operators. With the enhanced capabilities of 4G/5G, Mission Critical Services (MCS) can be combined with multimedia functionalities including voice, data and video communications and position information to allow more effective coordination of personnel on the ground and enhance operational effectiveness and security. Given the critical nature of the missions involved, boosting the security of such communications has become key to ensure their confidentiality and integrity, particularly when traffic is routed via mobile operators’ access networks as part of a hybrid solution. To support critical infrastructure providers and security forces in this transition, Thales and Streamwide have joined forces to offer a comprehensive MCS solution that provides guaranteed sovereignty, enhanced security and full compliance with international standards.

Thales’s sovereign key management server (KMS) is the essential building block for boosting the security and confidentiality of mission-critical communications. The server provides end-to-end encryption keys for group communications and ultra-secure distribution to all the terminals in a given user group. Thales controls all the components involved (hardware, software, cryptographic algorithms based on elliptic curves, etc.), guaranteeing the sovereignty of the KMS solution and ensuring unmatched levels of security and confidentiality for mission-critical communications.

The solution was developed in partnership with Streamwide, France’s leading provider of MCS software solutions. Thales’s KMS solution and Streamwide’s Team on Mission application perfectly join forces to provide a comprehensive MCS solution that is rich in functionalities and offers users unmatched end-to-end security for their critical missions. Team on mission is the next generation solution to address the challenges of the demanding public safety environment – voice, data, video, interoperability and location services all bundled in one solution in real time. Team on mission enables a smooth transition from PMR to MCPTT over 4G/5G LTE with the reliability and assurance that communications will be there when and where needed.

The Thales KMS is compliant with the 3GPP standard, and is interoperable with commercially available MCS products that meet the same standard. It will shortly be available to existing and future Thales customers using 4G/5G technologies for their critical communications. The solution allows any two systems based on these standards to interconnect with each other, providing the de facto interoperability needed to coordinate members of different organisations taking part in joint missions in France or cross-border and international operations.
This innovation enhances the security and confidentiality of mission-critical communications over commercial and private networks. Security forces, emergency services and critical infrastructure providers will be able to confidently share any type of data needed to ensure mission success (voice, data, video, position, etc.) within their organisation and with other organisations during joint missions.

“This partnership demonstrates how standards can support the creation of solutions that meet the high expectations of users in terms of new communication and security capabilities for routine operations, emergency situations and major events. Streamwide’s system is one of the most complete MCS solutions on the market, while the Thales KMS provides the assurance of sovereignty that users require.” Jean-Claude Schmitt, Vice President, Network and Infrastructure Systems, Thales.
About Thales
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organisations and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions. Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2020 the Group generated sales of €17 billion.
About Streamwide
A major player in the critical communications market for 20 years, STREAMWIDE has successfully developed its Team on Mission (mission-critical) and Team on the Run (business-critical) software solutions for government agencies and businesses. These innovative solutions meet the growing need for digital transformation and real-time coordination of operations. They allow field teams to transform individual contributions into collective successes and to act as one in the most demanding professional environments. Based in France with operations in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa, STREAMWIDE is listed on Euronext Growth (Paris) – FR0010528059.