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DOD & Federal VTC Interoperability Standards Chuck Grandgent Dir. Strategic Development Octave Communications, Inc., Nashua, NH Chair, IMTC Dataconferencing.

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1 DOD & Federal VTC Interoperability Standards Chuck Grandgent Dir. Strategic Development Octave Communications, Inc., Nashua, NH Chair, IMTC Dataconferencing Activity Group November 2002 UNCLASSIFIED In support of: Defense Information Systems Agency Interoperability Directorate, IN42

2 UNCLASSIFIED 2 Background - In the 1980s and early 1990s DOD relied on proprietary equipment to achieve VTC interoperability. - In the mid 1990s DOD successfully switched to international standards-based VTC equipment to achieve interoperability. -As a result, DOD is now no longer reliant on any one VTC vendor to achieve interoperability. -Multiple vendors within DOD -Customer has the option to choose the vendor that best meets his particular needs. - Interoperability is good (but not perfect) -However, technology and use of the technology is rapidly evolving -New standards are often needed to keep up with new technology and new requirements

3 UNCLASSIFIED 3 Joint Technical Architecture Joint Technical Architecture (JTA) is the set of information technology standards needed for interoperability within U.S. Dept of Defense(DOD) Developed jointly by all DOD Services and Agencies

4 UNCLASSIFIED 4 Joint Technical Architecture Goal: improve interoperability within DOD Adopts mostly international standards Includes mandatory and emerging standards To be included as mandatory, standard must be approved (decided or ratified) and have commercially available implementations Website: JTA 4.0 approved Aug 12, 2002 JTA 5.0 in draft form

5 UNCLASSIFIED 5 JTA Policy JTA is mandated for all DOD per Aug. 12, 2002 memorandum Exceptions require a waiver with concurrence from USD(A&T) and ASD(C3I) Memorandum signed by: E.C. Aldridge, Jr – Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics John P. Stenbit – DOD Chief Information Officer OK to implement non-standard protocols to meet special requirements, as long as the corresponding JTA standard protocol is also implemented.

6 UNCLASSIFIED 6 JTA Status – v 4.0 Latest approved version: 4.0 dated August 12, 2002 Mandates the following families of international standards pertaining to VTC and collaboration: H.320 for digital switched ckts H.323 for packet switched networks such as TCP/IP Lots of recent interest in DOD H.324 for low bit rate (9.6 –28.8 Kbps) (POTS) T.120 for all circuit types References Federal Standard for VTC for further details (Federal Telecommunications Recommendation 1080)

7 UNCLASSIFIED 7 FTR 1080 Federal Telecommunications Recommendation 1080 Federal Standard for VTC Website: Latest approved version: FTR 1080B-2002 Unanimous approval by Federal Telecommunication Standards Committee Final Approval Aug 2002 Adds H.323 for VTC over packet switched networks (in addition to H.320 for circuit switched networks) Supercedes FTR 1080A-1998 Appendix A is VTC Profile

8 UNCLASSIFIED 8 VTC Profile (FTR 1080B-2002, Appendix A) Detailed profile of standards tailored for DOD Interoperability Includes security specifications (Type 1 encryption) Includes Protocol Implementation Conformance Statements (PICS) Has been very useful in improving interoperability in DOD Cited in DOD procurement documents to raise the bar on standards-based interoperability Mandated for DOD by DOD policy and JTA Optional for rest of Federal Govt

9 UNCLASSIFIED 9 VTC Profile Features Point-to-Point Multipoint Circuit Switched Packet Switched Digital Compressed Video Near Full Motion Audio Coding Narrowband Wideband Collaboration Application Sharing Shared Whiteboard Still Image Transfer File Transfer Security (Encryption) Classified Unclassified Sensitive ISDN Interfaces Electrical Interfaces Mechanical Interfaces

10 UNCLASSIFIED 10 Video Standards H.261 Video Coding H.263 Video Coding H.231 MCUs H.243 Establish Comm H.245 MCUs G.711 Narrow-band Voice G.722 Wide-band Voice G.723 Low Bit-rate Voice G.728 Narrow-band Voice G.729 Low Bit-rate Voice Audio Standards Interface Standards EIA-366-A Dialing Interface TIA/EIA-422-B Digital Interface TIA/EIA-423-B Digital Interface EIA Digital Interface TIA/EIA-530-A Digital Interface H.320 Narrowband VTC H.323 Packet Network VTC H.221 Frame Structure H.224 Real Time Control H.225 Multiplexing H.230 Control Signals H.242 Establish Comm H.245 Signalling H.281 Far-end camera control H.450 Supplementary Services Multipoint Standards ISDN Switched 56 T1 / Fractional T1 Dedicated Packet Switched LANs Networks Key Standards & Interfaces in the VTC Profile (FTR 1080B-2002, Appendix A) Encryption Interfaces KG Interface KIV - 7 Interface Collaboration Standards T.120 Multimedia Data T.122 Multipoint Comm T.123 Data Protocol Stacks T.124 Conference Control T.125 Multipoint Comm Spec T.126 Shared Whiteboard T.127 File Transfer T.128 Application Sharing VTC Standards

11 UNCLASSIFIED 11 VTC Standards Policy FTR 1080 is official VTC standards document for DOD Mandated per 30 Mar 1998 ASD-C3I policy memorandum and as per JTA 4.0 Copy of policy memorandum can be found at end of FTR 1080B-2002.

12 UNCLASSIFIED 12 Next version of VTC Profile: Focus on joint tactical VTC stds Army is fielding its Battlefield VTC (BVTC) Navy is fielding shipboard Tactical VTC NATO is planning its tactical VTC system Other DOD components are also starting to use tactical VTC Need for interoperability to existing DOD VTC base, other government agencies & contractors Need for joint, combined, & coalition interoperability between DOD services, NATO, & coalition partners First meeting held Sept , 2002 (govt only) Looking for voluntary industry participation – contact Klaus Rittenbach,

13 UNCLASSIFIED 13 Army BVTC Equipment Ruggedized laptop Audio/Video CODEC Router Microphone Radio Video Camera Headphones/Mike Speaker

14 UNCLASSIFIED 14 A few of the Issues Need better support for common set of low bit rate audio standards on H.323 VTC Forced to go with G.711 as common denominator Need better interoperability & support of T.120 standards in H.320 and H.323 VTC products More robust, fully integrated, full featured implementations of T.120 Firewall issues Need standardized, non-proprietary methods of passing through firewalls without opening many ports Managing gatekeeper configurations - prone to human error Error resiliency is key requirement for future codecs

15 UNCLASSIFIED 15 Summary U.S. federal government relies on international standards for interoperability The JTA mandates the minimum set of standards and guidelines for the acquisition of all DoD systems JTA 4.0 was approved 12 Aug 2002; JTA 5.0 is in draft form Primary standards applicable to VTC currently in JTA – H.320, H.323, & T.120 families FTR 1080 VTC Profile is a profile of VTC standards tailored for DOD and cited in the JTA VTC Profile to be enhanced to more fully address Joint Tactical VTC standards

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