Mocana Wins Contract to Secure UAV Drones with Spark

pic1-29Spark Integration Technologies, a leading provider of software for resolving the complexities in real-time communication between distributed, heterogeneous technologies, today announced a technology partnership with Mocana to secure Spark's Distrix™ information exchange product suite.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2010 -- Spark Integration Technologies, a leading provider of software for resolving the complexities in real-time communication between distributed, heterogeneous technologies, today announced a technology partnership with Mocana to secure Spark's Distrix™ information exchange product suite.

The agreement allows Spark to integrate Distrix with Mocana's NanoDTLS™ device integrity API to prevent eavesdropping, tampering and message forgery of satellite communications managed by Distrix. Distrix enables customers to swiftly integrate Mocana's encryption and authentication technology without requiring any rework to existing systems. This joint solution is already being used by Cahon Systems based in El Cajon, CA to retrofit large unmanned aerial vehicles and other assets in-the-field to secure voice and data communications between UAVs and ground stations in real-time operational scenarios.

Spark's Distrix System Builder™ simplifies the design, coding, and implementation of distributed information exchange by providing graphical tools to describe the information and processes within systems and generate the code to link them together in the required configuration. By isolating the application logic from the environmental implementation, System Builder enables developers to change operational details such as the deployment platform and Quality of Service parameters without impacting application and interface logic.

Underlying System Builder is Spark's award-winning Distrix Core Services platform that enables the integration of disparate hardware and software components and manages the addition, removal, modification, fail over and information exchange between them. Distrix enables a fundamental shift in systems architecture, design, and engineering with massive time and cost savings over traditional systems integration approaches and technologies.

NanoDTLS is Mocana's super fast, super small DTLS solution specifically designed to speed product development while providing best-in-class device security services for resource-constrained environments. The Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) protocol provides communications privacy for datagram protocols. NanoDTLS is based on the stream-oriented TLS protocol, and allows datagram-based applications to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery. The datagram semantics of the underlying transport are preserved by NanoDTLS, and applications built with it don't suffer from the delays associated with stream protocols. NanoDTLS is open-standards based, extensible, extremely small footprint, platform-agnostic and includes an optional government-certified FIPS 140-2 level one-validated crypto core, and supports the NSA's Suite B cryptography suite. Interested developers can request a free source code evaluation of NanoDTLS at

"Our project specifications required an embedded solution that provided robust cryptographic coprocessor support on an ARM9 processor. We found that NanoDTLS exceeded the performance and platform requirements while being extremely easy to use," said Chad Trytten, CEO of Spark. "The fact that we were dealing with Mocana - the recognized experts in device integrity - helped convince our customer that NanoDTLS was the best approach. In working with them, we were also tremendously impressed by Mocana's quick and comprehensive support."

"We were very excited to get the chance to work with such a creative and technically innovative firm like Spark," said Adrian Turner, CEO of Mocana. "Spark works with firms building communications and unmanned systems where requirements include complicated intra-system links, inter-system communication, including collaboration between different systems and remote control of sensors, and the integration of multiple central control and data processing systems into powerful 'systems of systems' to serve complex mission requirements."

For more information about Distrix visit or call +1-604-736-6675. For more information about Mocana's NanoDTLS, visit or call +1-415-617-0055.

About Spark
Spark Integration Technologies provides award-winning system software, development tools and technologies for developers and integrators of electronic systems. Combined with straightforward development and system management tools, the secure, platform-independent information exchange software substantially simplifies the development, integration and deployment of complex, dynamic electronic systems. This has allowed Spark customers, ranging from the US Department of Defense to manufacturers of electronic products, to rapidly create and enhance capabilities in areas of cutting edge technology such as unmanned systems and communications. Visit Spark on the web at

About Mocana
Mocana secures the "Internet of Things" - the 20 billion datacom, smartgrid, federal, consumer, industrial and medical devices that connect across every sector of our economy. These devices already outnumber PC's on the Internet by five to one, representing a $900 billion market that's growing twice as fast as the PC market. Every day, millions of people use products sold by over 100 companies that leverage Mocana's Device Integrity software, including Dell, Cisco, Honeywell, General Electric, General Dynamics, Avaya, Nortel Networks, Harris and Radvision, among others. Mocana won Frost & Sullivan's Technology Innovation of the Year award for 2008 for Device Security, and was named to the Red Herring Global 100 as one of the "top 100 privately-held technology companies in the world" in January 2009.

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