Jun 2012

Third time Queens Award

Gloucestershire-based defence manufacturer L-3 TRL Technology has announced today its success in winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of the outstanding innovation of its market-leading miniature encryption device, Mini-CATAPAN.

As the third Queen’s Award to be awarded to L-3 TRL, this latest honour marks a key milestone in the growing success of its CATAPAN portfolio of encryption solutions, which protects sensitive information up to the Top Secret level.

“The success of Mini-CATAPAN has enabled us to establish a leading position in the UK marketplace and has created new international growth opportunities for L-3 TRL within the information assurance arena,” said Adrian Cunningham, L-3 TRL vice president and head of its National Security division. “We have created a strong platform from which to expand our capabilities in this area, and with a number of innovative developments in the pipeline, this is an exciting time for us as a business.”

With strong sales, Mini-CATAPAN has been recognised for its “outstanding innovation” in meeting evolving demands for the protection of sensitive data and VoIP communications.

The initial development of Mini-CATAPAN was prompted by government requirements for secure IP connections between classified networks using public network infrastructure. Previous hardware-based, rack-mounted units deployed on fixed networks were costly for users and became outdated with the increasing use of mobile platforms. Mini-CATAPAN was designed to offer a high-speed capability in a pocket-sized, reprogrammable unit, offering improved flexibility, better usability and easier maintenance for users.

Developed under the guidance of the National Technical Authority, CESG, Mini-CATAPAN was certified by the CESG Assisted Products Service (CAPS) as a High Grade Top Secret crypto in 2009, and the device was launched shortly thereafter into the UK market. Since certification, Mini-CATAPAN has been widely deployed across a number of government, security and law enforcement agency networks worldwide and is fast becoming the high assurance encryption solution of choice to secure IP networks.

L-3 TRL has over a decade of experience in providing innovative encryption solutions.