Tom Kelly, Radisys Corporation
Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) communications technologies, particularly the standards-based fourth generation cellular technology (4G Long Term Evolution (LTE)) are mature, proven reliable and robust, easily deployable, and scalable. Readily available COTS solutions also help speed time to market, are easier to maintain, and offer extended system longevity when compared to proprietary, government-unique systems. By leveraging COTS technologies, aerospace and defense prime contractors are not only meeting the needs of their military organization customers, but also reaping myriad benefits, including fast data rates, rapid deployment, scalability, technological maturity, and lower total cost. In addition, COTS-based products with inherent high availability deliver high reliability.