RedPhone Security researches and develops computer systems for highly secure networking environments, typically used in military installations. The company was founded by Minnesota-native Mark Brown in 2005 with the goal of solving the problem of trust for Internet-based transactions. “Our goal,” said Mark, “is transforming mere information into an authorized action at a remote location.” According to Mark, the challenge lies in accomplishing this goal in a way that is secure against highly motivated and well-funded attackers.
The 1.5MM awarded contract will be used to develop secure technology for a project called Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS). The JTRS provides a wireless network to US and allied forces. RedPhone will develop both a semiconductor implementation (i.e. the hardware) and the device drivers and administrative user interface (i.e. the software) to securely and efficiently change radio channels within a multi-level secure operating context.
This is not the first contract RedPhone Security has received from SBIR. In 2006 the company was awarded $100,000 in its first Small Business Innovation Research award from the US Navy Space and Warfare (SPAWAR) Command. Since then, they received a Phase II award and an option award (multi-year extensions of that contract) to create cross-domain and multi-level secure products. This new $1.5MM Phase II SBIR contract extends and applies their previous Phase II SBIR research.
RedPhone plans to demonstrate a PC-compatible prototype developed with these funds in the fourth quarter of 2011 and to launch a JTRS AMF-compatible device and remote administration solution the following year.