Data Transport System 1-Slot addresses security on unmanned systems

NEW ORLEANS, La. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions officials announced at Xponential, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) conference, a small form factor solution for storing large amounts of data on unmanned systems.

The Data Transport System 1-Slot (DTS1) addresses the demand for high-capacity secure storage on deployed unmanned vehicles and ISR platforms. It is a single-slot Network Attached Storage (NAS) device that weighs 4.0 lb. and measures 1.5 x 5.0 x 6.5” (38.1 x 127 x 165.1 mm). The data transport system can deliver up to 2 TB of storage and supports advanced encryption to protect critical data-at-rest.

The DTS1 functions as a NAS file server and enables network-enabled devices to communicate with any other similar device, to retrieve stored data or save new captured data. Networked devices using operating systems - such as Linux, VxWorks, and Windows - or CPUs that support industry standard protocols can share and store data through the DTS1.

The DTS1 houses one Removable Memory Cartridge (RMC) that provides quick off load of data and is interchangeable between other DTS1 systems. It also supports a packet capture software (PCAP) option, which allows DTS1 users to record all Ethernet packets flowing over a platform’s LAN during the course of a mission.

The optional DTS crypto module will enable DTS1 to support military applications that require secure data-at-rest. All data is passed through the FIPS 140-2 media encryptors prior to being read from or written to the RMC. The standard DTS1 encryption module incorporates AES-256 bit cryptographic algorithm and hardware that are NIST validated to FIPS 140-2. The encryption key can be passed to the encryption module by an outside agency, or special key management concepts can be developed depending on the application.