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Mountain Secure Systems Receives a Two-Year Development and Production Contract from DRS Technologies, Inc. to Provide Ruggedized Video Management Units (VMUs) for SABRE System

June 24, 2015

Longmont, Colorado – Mountain Secure Systems (MSS), a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading supplier of rugged electronic solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a two-year development and production contract from DRS Technologies, Inc. to provide ruggedized video management units (VMUs).

The rugged VMU from MSS is a 3U VPX system comprised of several single board computers, high definition (HD) frame grabber cards, graphical processor units, and other I/O modules. It will provide computing resources for the primary Operator’s Control Station (OCS) on the Surveillance and Battlefield Reconnaissance Equipment (SABRE) system from DRS Technologies, Inc.

The SABRE system from DRS is a highly modular sensor suite that integrates radar, thermal imaging, and laser systems on a stabilized mast and is compatible with any type of battle command network. It provides scouts, forward observers, and tactical air controllers with the ability to perform reconnaissance and targeting at extended ranges. The system facilitates operations while hidden or on the move in rugged environments, share targeting data from multiple sensors across battle command networks. The SABRE system was updated to accommodate the Canadian Army Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Surveillance Program.

“Mountain Secure Systems is proud to work with DRS Technologies on this important program,” said Ken Dickson, general manager of Mountain Secure Systems. “Our rugged VMUs will integrate with the updated SABRE system from DRS Technologies to form a world-class surveillance and reconnaissance solution.”

MSS also offers in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions for the commercial aircraft market, as well as legacy interface conversion solutions for customers in the aerospace and defense industries. In addition, MSS provides outdoor wireless network solutions for video, voice and data applications.

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Mountain Secure Systems Ships Removable, Ruggedized Solid State Drives to a Leading Defense Contractor for the MQ-9 Reaper Drone Pod System

February 3, 2015

Longmont, Colorado – Mountain Secure Systems (MSS), a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading supplier of rugged electronic solutions, announced today that it has recently shipped an order of removable, ruggedized solid state drives (SSDs) to a leading defense contractor, which will be integrated into a pod system for the MQ-9 Reaper Drone. The MQ-9 drone is utilized by the U.S. military to monitor U.S. borders and gather video surveillance intelligence.

The removable 2.5” SATA memory devices mate with a customized docking bay and are environmentally sealed for protection against rapid decompression, EMI, humidity, dust, salt fog, immersion and condensation. The hot swappable device includes mini mil-circular connectors (rated for 100,000 insertion cycles), +28VDC power, EMI filters, and captive thumb screws for docking.

“Mountain Secure Systems is proud to be a part of this important program,” said Ken Dickson, general manager of Mountain Secure Systems. “Our ruggedized data storage solutions have been extremely dependable for both commercial and military customers.”   

MSS also offers in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions for the commercial aircraft market, as well as legacy interface conversion solutions for customers in the aerospace and defense industries. In addition, MSS provides outdoor wireless network solutions for video, voice and data applications.

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Mountain Secure Systems to Provide Rugged, Bolt-On USB Data Storage Device for the New Autonomous Mining Truck by Caterpillar  

External memory device from MSS is designed to withstand harsh mining conditions

December 18, 2014

Longmont, Colorado – Mountain Secure Systems (MSS), a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading supplier of rugged electronic solutions, announced today that it has been selected to provide ruggedized, bolt-on USB data storage devices for the new Autonomous Mining Truck by Caterpillar.

“With the emergence of autonomous trucks, we are excited to work with Caterpillar on a reliable solution to record activity and vital characteristics of operation,” said Ken Dickson, general manager of Mountain Secure Systems.

MSS also offers in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions for the commercial aircraft market, as well as legacy interface conversion solutions for customers in the aerospace and defense industries. In addition, MSS provides outdoor wireless network solutions for video, voice and data applications.

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Mountain Secure Systems, Leading Supplier of Rugged Electronic Solutions to the Defense Industry, Recognized for Outstanding Support by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control  

June 10, 2014

Longmont, Colorado – Mountain Secure Systems (MSS), a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading supplier of rugged electronic solutions to the defense industry, announced today that it received a 2013 Outstanding Small Business Award from Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control on May 7, 2014 at a ceremony held in Orlando, FL.

LCMO Small Business AwardEach year, Lockheed Martin businesses nominate and select small companies that have consistently provided outstanding support and products during the past year. Though the corporation has thousands of suppliers, only a few small businesses are recognized for their outstanding quality in goods and services.

“Lockheed Martin’s small business suppliers are critical to helping manufacture products that support customer missions around the world,” said Pat Sunderlin, vice president of global supply chain at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Mountain Secure Systems has been recognized before by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control for its outstanding support. MSS supplies ruggedized digital data recorders (DDRs) to Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) program.

“Mountain Secure Systems is very proud to be recognized by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control,” said Ken Dickson, general manager at Mountain Secure Systems. “We always strive to provide excellent products and support, so receiving this award is a strong testament that we are living up to expectations.”

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Mountain Secure Systems Continues Business Relationship with Great Plains Television Network with Shipment of Summit Wireless Network Products

Wireless network will be used to deliver six live television networks to a transmitter located 14 miles away

June 18, 2013

Longmont, Colorado – Mountain Secure Systems (MSS), a leading supplier of rugged electronics and outdoor wireless network solutions, announced today that it shipped four 900 MHz Summit™ Series wireless network products to Great Plains Television Network, LLC. The wireless network products will be used to deliver a total of six different live television networks to a transmitter located 14 miles away.

“We have used the MSS wireless product for over three years in another location,” said John Pappert, General Manager at Great Plains Television Network, LLC. “The equipment worked flawlessly and MSS support is excellent.”

Made in the USA, Summit wireless network products provide coverage for point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and wireless mesh networks in the 900MHz, 2.4 and 5.8 GHz unlicensed frequency bands, as well as the licensed 4.9 GHz public safety band. Product options include FIPS 140-2 validation, which provides highly secure, end-to-end encryption, as well as 802.11n MIMO technology, which offers connection speeds up to 150 Mbps. Summit’s intuitive software makes it easy to install, configure and manage an entire network from any location with Internet access. In addition, Summit wireless solutions come with an industry-leading two-year warranty, as well as the flexibility to be configured in numerous manners and/or customized to meet a client’s specific requirements.

“Mountain Secure Systems is proud to continue doing business with the pros at Great Plains Television Network,” said Ken Dickson, General Manager of Mountain Secure Systems. “Over the years, I know they have been very happy with the performance and reliability of our Summit wireless network products, as well as our responsive technical support.”   

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MSS is a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI)


Mountain Secure Systems Unveils Cost-Effective, Ruggedized Solution for Converting Fibre Channel or SCSI Interfaces to SATA in a Standard 3.5” Form Factor  

Drop-in conversion sled helps organizations avoid expensive redesign costs of converting legacy architectures to modern interfaces

fibre sled conversion

April 16, 2013

Longmont, Colorado – Mountain Secure Systems (MSS), a leading supplier of rugged electronic solutions to the aerospace and defense industries, announced today that it has launched a cost-effective, ruggedized drop-in conversion sled that converts Fibre Channel or SCSI interfaces to SATA in a standard 3.5” form factor.

The conversion sled mimics a 3.5” Fibre Channel or SCSI (50, 68 and 80-pin) hard drive (HD) or solid state drive (SSD) by integrating a standard, commercially-available 2.5” SATA HD or SSD into a 3.5” standard form factor package. This convenient solution reduces the effort of locating replacement end-of-life (EOL) drives, which may or may not be available, and helps avoid the high cost of redesigning and re-qualifying system architecture to utilize modern interfaces. Customers can select virtually any drive to best meet their requirements, based on a number of considerations like price, capacity, HD vs. SSD, speed, environment, endurance, and single-level cell (SLC) vs. multi-level cell (MLC). Customers also have the option to customize firmware to meet their specific application.      

“Mountain Secure Systems works directly with the leading players in interface conversion and integrates their technology into our own rugged package,” said Ken Dickson, General Manager at Mountain Secure Systems. “Our solutions are designed to mitigate low frequency resonant vibration input to the HD or SSD, as well as provide an optimized path to conduct heat away from the drive. Our conversion sleds can also be matched to the weight and center of gravity (CG) of the HD or SSD being replaced, which is important for systems used in flight, where it is imperative that nothing changes that would affect the original design criteria.”

MSS conversion sleds incorporate an electrical barrier that prevents anything from shorting against the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) or HD/SSD. PCBAs are conformal coated to withstand moisture, sand, dust, etc.  And, most importantly, all MSS conversion sleds are designed and manufactured to meet AS9100 configuration control standards and are fully-functional tested to the customer’s environmental requirements prior to delivery.

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MSS is a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI)

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