Bittium expands its tactical communications offering to tactical radios targeted for combat troops and vehicles

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Free for publication on August 8, 2017 at 3.01pm (CEST +1)

Bittium expands its tactical communications offering to tactical radios targeted for combat troops and vehicles

Bittium launches new Bittium Tough SDR™ product family including software defined radio based tactical handheld and vehicular radios. The new radios run also the ESSOR HDRWF waveform.

Oulu, Finland, August 8, 2017 – Bittium expands its tactical communications offering with a software defined radio based Bittium Tough SDR product family that includes Bittium Tough SDR Handheld™ , tactical handheld radio for individual soldiers, and Bittium Tough SDR Vehicular™ , tactical radio for vehicle installations. The new product family expands Bittium’s product offering from the current Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN), used for forming a tactical broadband mobile IP backbone network, to individual soldier and vehicular level tactical radios. This enables bringing broadband data transfer and voice to all mobile troops starting from brigade level and all the way across the battlefield.

Bittium Tough SDR products help to produce and share real time situational awareness (location, image, voice, video, and sensor data) to all levels of the organization. This improves the performance and the effectiveness of the tactical troops, and leading the troops is easier based on the up-to-date situational awareness and more reliable connections.

Bittium Tough SDR products can flexibly use the most appropriate waveform with the best fit considering the conditions and the mission. The uniquely wide range of frequency bands improves combat usability and enables using the same equipment in different geographical areas. Using several waveforms, even simultaneously, improves compatibility and enables operations on different levels and missions.

  • Bittium TAC WIN Waveform™ connects the user as a part of the tactical broadband network that enables transmitting calls, messages and data in real time throughout the whole network.
  • ESSOR HDRWF (European Secure SOftware defined Radio, High Data Rate Waveform) enables broadband data transfer, cooperation and direct communication also between different national troops in international joint operations, starting already from the patrol level.
  • Bittium Narrowband Waveform™ enables transmitting and receiving voice and messages in command network reliably even with long communication ranges and in congested networks.

Bittium Tough SDR Vehicular can also be installed with an LTE module in which case the radio can also be used for connecting to commercial LTE networks.

The compact-sized and cost-efficient radios are designed to endure even the harshest conditions, and can be easily installed in different surroundings. The devices are easy to use and they offer many options for connecting them with other equipment. Strict information security requirements have been taken into account when designing the Bittium Tough SDR product family and the products can be easily tailored with national encryption algorithms.  

“With the new tactical software defined radio based Bittium Tough SDR product family we can now expand our offering from high-quality broadband backbone networks to also tactical handheld and vehicular radios and related communication software solutions. This addition to our product offering strengthens our position as one of the world’s leading providers of tactical communications systems”, says Mr. Hannu Huttunen, CEO of Bittium.

The launch of the new products and the related R&D investments are a part of Bittium’s strategic goal to expand the product offering in tactical communications by making significant investments in Bittium’s own products and solutions during 2017, as announced on November 24, 2016. Thus, the investments have been taken into account in the financial outlook for the year 2017, published on February 20, 2017 in Bittium's Financial Statement Bulletin 2016. According to the nature of the defense, security and public safety markets, the investments will return profits in the long term, and therefore Bittium plans to activate most of the R&D investments to its balance sheet.    

Bittium will showcase the products for the first time at the DSEI exhibition to be held in London September 12-15, 2017.

More information on the products: www.bittium.com/BittiumToughSDRHandheld and www.bittium.com/BittiumToughSDRVehicular .

Further information:

Hannu Huttunen
CEO
Tel. +358 40 344 3507

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Bittium specializes in the development of reliable, secure communications and connectivity solutions, leveraging its 30 year legacy of expertise in advanced radio communication technologies. Bittium provides innovative products and services, customized solutions based on its product platforms and R&D services. Complementing its communications and connectivity solutions, Bittium offers proven information security solutions for mobile devices and portable computers. From November 2016 onwards, Bittium offers its customers also healthcare technology products and services in biosignal measuring in the areas of cardiology, neurology, rehabilitation, occupational health and sports medicine. Net sales in 2016 was EUR 64.2 million and operating profit was EUR 2.5 million. Bittium is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.bittium.com .

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