Alarmed-Armored PDS™

In 2005, Network Integrity Systems (NIS) recognized the potential of INTERCEPTOR monitoring dark fibers within the cables being protected to eliminate hardened conduit requirements for PDS systems.  The physical conduit no longer played a role in the intrusion detection component of a PDS, however physical protection of the fibers remained a requirement.

NIS recognized that flexible interlocking armored cable, which has been offered for over 10 years by leading fiber optic cable manufacturers, would meet the requirements for protection.  NIS began collaborating with the ICEA member cable manufacturers to test and integrate INTERCEPTOR with armored cable to present a new Alarmed Carrier PDS solution.  NIS was granted a U.S. Patent for monitoring dark fibers within optical cables and the deployment of those cables in a point-to-multipoint configuration.  This solution has been successfully deployed for U.S. Government customers since 2009.

Benefits of INTERCEPTOR + Armored Cable

  • Enables concealment of cables providing enhanced security and aesthetics
  • Significant cost savings compared to Hardened Carrier PDS consisting of EMT or commercial secure raceway
  • Drastic reduction in deployment time and complexity, nearly eliminating workplace disruption during installation
  • Ideal for point-to-multipoint zone architectures to reduce PDS cost per user
  • Streamlined integration with technologies such as Secure PON fiber to the desktop
  • In new construction, can be economically installed to every faceplate or desk top for instant SIPRNet provisioning in the future

Point-to-Multipoint INTERCEPTOR Architecture with Flexible Interlocking Armored Cable

*Extensive dynamic range supports dozens of SIPR drops per INTERCEPTOR port depending on type and quality of connections and splices.

 

TEMPEST Authority Reviews of INTERCEPTOR + Armored Cable Solution

  • Navy Certified TEMPTEST Technical Authority (CTTA), SPAWAR San Diego, 2006
  • Air Force CTTA at the Air Force Communications Agency (AFCA), 2007
  • Navy CTTA, SPAWAR Charleston, 2009
  • Army CTTA, Ft. Meade, 2011 & 2012

Approvals and Authorizations for use of INTERCEPTOR + Armored Cable

  • INTERCEPTOR added to Air Force Approved Products List (APL) for Protective Distribution Systems (PDS) Alarm Systems in 2006
  • In a 2009 ESIM (2009-01) supplementing Air Force Instruction AFSSI 7703 (Communication Security: PDS), flexible interlocking armored cable monitored by INTERCEPTOR™ was authorized as an approved Alarmed Carrier PDS in lieu of Hardened Carrier PDS
  • Army TEMPEST will consider the use of Alarmed Interlocking Armored Fiber Optic Cable as a Hardened Protected Distribution System

USAF Guidelines for Alarmed-Armored PDS

CLASSIFICATION
CONUS USAF/ANG/ AFRES BASES
CONUS Off Base/Other Facilities OCONUS Joint USAF Air Bases OCONUS Off Base/Other Facilities
SECRET and Below Interceptor + Interlocking Armored Cable permitted in lieu of EMT or commercial PDS products Interceptor + Interlocking Armored Cable permitted in lieu of EMT or commercial PDS products Interceptor + Interlocking Armored Cable permitted in lieu of EMT or commercial PDS products Interceptor + Interlocking Armored Cable permitted in lieu of EMT or commercial PDS products
TOP SECRET and SPECAT Interceptor + Interlocking Armored Cable permitted in lieu of EMT or commercial PDS products Interceptor + Interlocking Armored Cable permitted in lieu of EMT or commercial PDS products PDS Not Permitted PDS Not Permitted

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