Dutch Ministry of Defense signs secure voice agreement with Sectra
The Dutch Ministry of Defense has signed an order with IT and secure communications company Sectra (STO:SECT B) for the encrypted mobile phone Sectra Tiger 7401. The device is used to protect voice and data communication from eavesdropping, also by other countries’ Security Agencies. The Ministry and Sectra have also extended their existing framework agreement for secure communication solutions for another two years. The order value is estimated to EUR 580,000.
The extended framework agreement with Sectra encompasses service and maintenance for the secure communication systems already in use at the Ministry. It also includes an option for Sectra Panthon, which is a smartphone app for secure voice and data communication and text messaging. Since Sectra Panthon and Sectra Tiger 7401 have been approved for different security classification levels, the individual security needs of the Ministry’s users will be easier to match.
“The recent eavesdropping disclosures once again show the need for more secure communication systems. Unprotected telephone calls and messages pose a security threat to individuals, organizations and nations,” says Michael Bertilsson, President of Sectra’s Secure Communications business area. “The Ministry has shown high security awareness for many years and this agreement ensures that the Ministry can continue to keep its national secrets secure, in the best possible manner.”
The Dutch Ministry of Defense has been using Sectra’s secure communication products since 2004. The products are used by defense force branches, such as the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Royal Netherlands Army and the Royal Netherlands Air Force, as well as the central defense command.
About Sectra Tiger 7401
The Sectra Tiger 7401 is a secure mobile phone, designed for ease of use. It has been developed for people with strict security requirements, who need to communicate securely when they are away from the office or travelling. This phone meets their requirements for flexibility and mobility. It is easy for new users to understand, and ensures secure voice and data communications as well as text messages. Sectra Tiger 7401 provides transparent interoperability between national, EU and NATO domains and is SCIP-compatible (Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol), ensuring seamless functionality with other suppliers' products.
Sectra Tiger 7401 is approved up to and including the SECRET classification level by the Dutch security agency NLNCSA.
About Sectra Panthon
Sectra Panthon 3 is a smartphone app for secure voice and text communication. It functions on all major wireless networks including 2G, 2.5G, 3G and Wi-Fi. A PIN code is all that is needed to activate the added protection. The Sectra Panthon app has been designed to support Secure Communication Interoperability Protocols (SCIP), enabling communication with other secure devices, such as the Sectra Tiger system. Users of both systems will have more freedom to choose a solution that matches their individual security needs.
Sectra Panthon is approved up to and including RESTRICTED classification level by the Netherlands, the EU and NATO.
For further information, please contact:
Michael Bertilsson, President Sectra Communications AB, tel 46 (0)708 23 52 25
Torbjörn Kronander, President and CEO, Sectra AB, Tel: 46 46 (0) 13 23 52 27
Sectra develops and provides effective security solutions for European government authorities, defense departments and other critical functions of society. These security solutions ensure that organizations and individual users can meet their continuous need for secure communication. Sectra’s solutions are approved at national levels and by the EU and NATO, and pave the way for communications that lead to a secure and stable world.
Sectra was founded in 1978. The Group’s operations include products and services in the niche segments of secure communication and medical systems. Sectra has offices in 12 countries and operates through partners worldwide. The head office is located in Linköping, Sweden, and the company has its roots in Linköping University. Sales in the 2012/2013 fiscal year totaled SEK 817 million. The Sectra share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm AB exchange. For further information, visit http://www.sectra.com