NASHUA, N.H. (June 20, 2006) – Ezenia, Inc. (OTCBB: EZEN.OB), today announced it was awarded the 2006 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Golden Link Award for its partnership with the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), during Multinational Experiment 4 (“MNE 4”).
The Golden Link Award is presented annually in recognition of government and industry partnerships and innovation in developing and deploying technology solutions to support government operations. The winners were announced formally June 19 th, at the AFCEA TechNet International 2006 Conference and Exposition, in Washington, D.C.
USJFCOM, who led the experiment, partnered with Ezenia and used its InfoWorkSpace (“IWS”) collaboration suite to support the execution of MNE 4. The objective of the experiment, which took place February 20 th through March 17 th 2006, was to examine the procedures, organizations, and tools required to support effects-based operations in Afghanistan.
IWS enabled constituents from eight countries – Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States – and NATO to take part in the event. The application facilitated seminar-like presentations, with voice and document projections, that were broken into multiple virtual “rooms” of interest. Participants were then able to communicate with subject matter experts through the use of audio and secure text chat, whiteboard sessions, and various shared applications.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Peter Carrabba, who served as the technical lead during MNE 4 stated, “Without the close partnership between USJFCOM and Ezenia, MNE 4 would not have been as successful from a technical standpoint. This effort represented one of the largest full-capability implementations of a voice/data tool to date. The tool was an enabler for full spectrum next-generation, multinational, military, and civilian effects-based operations.”
Maj. Carrabba added that MNE 4’s results will shape current and emerging processes, organizations, and technologies at the command operational level. “The results will directly affect the mission of the joint operations enterprise, being factored into both current real-world operations and future concept development.”
“Ezenia is honored to have had the opportunity to partner with USJFCOM during MNE 4,” stated Michael Bass, Ezenia Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Business Development. “This experiment proves the scalability and rich functionality of InfoWorkSpace in net-centric collaboration by enabling dispersed, multinational forces to gather and exchange information. It also demonstrates Ezenia’s flexibility and willingness to work closely with and commit the necessary resources to ensure the success of our partners. Lessons learned from this experiment as well as others lay the foundation to ongoing enhancements to our products and services to better serve our customers and partners. We look forward to supporting the U.S. Joint Forces Command again in future experiments and/or exercises.”