2008 Press Releases

BBN Technologies Awarded $9M to Add Disruption Tolerance to Military Networks

—BBN Technologies, an advanced technology solutions firm, announced today it has been awarded $8.9M in funding by the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the third phase of its Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) program. This latest award follows BBN’s successful completion of Phases One and Two, which resulted in a working prototype system.

The primary goal of the DTN program is to develop and field network services that deliver critical information reliably even when no end-to-end path exists through the network. Traditional TCP/IP networks rely on stable end-to-end connectivity, but terrain, weather, jamming, and movement or destruction of nodes can interrupt the path and halt the flow of message traffic. The BBN DTN system can send and receive data reliably even when no stable end-to-end paths exist.

Under this latest award, BBN scientists and engineers will integrate the DTN system into fielded military networks that may combine several different types of nodes, including wireless, satellite, and vehicle-mounted. In addition, BBN will implement a longer term military application; investigate approaches to building large scale networks that self-organize in response to mission needs, and develop methods to maintain both the security and controlled availability of persistent data.

"DTN is a good example of how DARPA works with organizations such as BBN to push the development of needed technology" said Tad Elmer, president and CEO, BBN Technologies. "DTN represents a fundamental shift in networking protocols that will result in military networks that function reliably and securely even in the changing conditions and challenging environments where our troops must succeed now and in the future."

About BBN Technologies
BBN Technologies is a legendary R&D organization that leverages its substantial intellectual property portfolio to produce advanced, repeatable solutions such as the Boomerang shooter detection system. With expertise spanning information security, speech and language processing, networking, distributed systems, and sensing and control systems, BBN scientists and engineers have amassed a substantial collection of innovations and patented solutions. BBN now employs approximately 700 people in seven locations in the US: Cambridge, Massachusetts (headquarters); Arlington, Virginia; Columbia, Maryland; Middletown, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; St. Louis Park, Minnesota; and O’Fallon, Illinois. For more information, visit www.bbn.com.