Global Data Burst (GDB) has announced that it will shortly be launching a trial version of its Traffic Pattern Obscuration Technology (TPOT, pronounced ‘teapot’) on its communications portal. The TPOT platform protects communications through the GDB Portal from analysis by eavesdropping transmissions from the Iridium satellite constellation that is used to deliver its messages.
Traffic pattern analysis has a long history with its roots in the Second World War and is typically used to imply extant or imminent activity associated with a particular pattern of message traffic. Although the content of messages is protected by encryption, intelligence can still be derived from the mere existence of messages. The TPOT platform eliminates this possibility.4
"We believe this functionality will be of interest to existing users and customer segments where there is a high sensitivity to security” said Trevor Drawbridge, Director at Global Data Burst responsible for the TPOT programme.
Trevor has been involved with data communications throughout his working life, including time with the UK’s MoD. “The platform design allows varying levels of sophistication to be deployed to suit individual users needs”, Trevor explained, “In fact, our TPOT technology has a wider applicability than the GDB Portal”.