Y-12 meshes security with technology

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By Special to the Monitor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Y-12 National Security Complex is adopting state-of-the-art security technology originally developed for the military to provide real-time secure communications during an emergency.

One of the challenges facing NNSA labs and productions sites is the need to balance constantly evolving communications options with a highly secure working environment. Y-12’s new Motomesh networking helps to meet that need.

“The critical nature of our mission demands our protective forces have the tools they require to maintain a high level of effectiveness,” said Brad Peterson, NNSA’s Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security. “We don’t want a balanced playing field with potential adversaries. Modern technologies can tip the scale in our favor and provide an advantage to the dedicated security professionals who guard our facilities.  NNSA will continue to employ technologies that enhance security in an effective and efficient manner. Y-12’s efforts will pay dividends across the nuclear security enterprise as more sites stand up wireless systems.”

Motomesh networks use wireless technology to communicate between fixed and mobile devices, such as command centers and soldiers in the field. For

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