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NXDN™ Forum Expands NXDN Technical Standards

Sep 20, 2011

Suwanee, GA – September 16, 2011 - The Chair of the NXDN™ Forum announces the expansion of the technical standards with the adoption of AES and DES encryption algorithms.

As the penetration of NXDN™ has gained traction throughout the two-way radio market, the requests for increased secure communications has grown to be an important requirement.. While the original NXDN™ standard included a 15-bit digital voice scrambler feature, the next step in the development of the standard was higher level encryption.

As a result, the NXDN™ specifications are being updated now to include AES and DES encryption algorithms.

The initial details are as follows:

AES Encryption for NXDN™:
256-bit AES for NXDN™ conventional mode
256-bit AES for Type-C trunking
256-bit AES for Type-D trunking

DES Encryption for NXDN™:
56-bit DES for NXDN™ conventional mode
56-bit DES for Type-C trunking
56-bit DES for Type-D trunking

The current plans call for these encryption additions to be finalized and added to the NXDN™ standards in October 2011.

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