New Mexico Police Department Deploys Columbitech Mobile VPN to Improve Officers’ Safety and Connectivity in Remote Areas

A FIPS certified mobile VPN with support for seamless roaming across 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and satellite networks connects troopers statewide to mission-critical applications while lowering costs for satellite communication.

Columbitech Inc., a leading mobile VPN security provider, today announced that the New Mexico State Police has deployed the FIPS 140-2 certified Columbitech Mobile VPN on laptops used in more than 500 police cars across the state. The Columbitech Mobile VPN improves officers’ safety by providing secure, uninterrupted access to mission-critical applications such as vehicle registration and warrant databases as officers move in and out of coverage and connects via 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and satellite. Two-factor authentication and 256-bit AES encryption protect against unauthorized access and eavesdropping.

In a mountainous state with large areas with no cellular coverage, officers often rely on satellite links to communicate. Before, laptops would constantly lose the connection to the network, causing sessions to drop and applications to crash. Unlike the legacy VPN that did not handle roaming well, Columbitech Mobile VPN creates a persistent network connection, and officers in the field can continue to work as usual even if the computer roams or temporarily loses the connection.

Columbitech’s VPN solution is designed to handle high-latency satellite networks. It uses advanced data compression, providing up to 100 percent faster throughput with significant impact on performance and costs for satellite communication. Additionally, the Columbitech VPN has the capability to filter data traffic. The state of New Mexico uses this feature to restrict which applications can be accessed over satellite and allows access only to officer-safety apps, substantially lowering the monthly satellite bill.

“It is absolutely mission-critical that our officers can access information from their laptops at any time to find out who they are dealing with before they approach somebody in a car,” says Darrell Graham, IT systems manager of the New Mexico State Police. “Columbitech’s mobile VPN ensures that officers always have access to information such as vehicle registrations, warrants and FBI databases so they can call for backup and avoid dangerous situations.”

“Columbitech’s unique combination of FIPS 140-2 certification and mobility features, including session persistence and advanced data compression, makes our mobile VPN ideal for any public safety agency looking to provide mobile workers secure and persistent access – independent of network availability,” says Tobias Englund, president of Columbitech. “Our deployment in New Mexico validates that our solution meets all the requirements in public safety.”

Columbitech Mobile VPN is a software-based VPN, built on the TLS protocol. It consists of a VPN client that is in¬stalled on a laptop, tablet or smartphone, and a VPN server that runs on a Windows or Linux server with support for virtualization.

About Columbitech

Columbitech, a leading mobile VPN provider allows organizations to protect their entire workforce with one cost-effective VPN solution. The Columbitech Mobile VPN is software-based and FIPS 140-2 certified, offering secure, persistent wireless access from laptops, tablets and smart phones with seamless roaming across Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite networks. With more than two million users, customers include three of the top ten U.S. retailers, public safety agencies, all U.S. military branches, postal and logistics companies, and large telecom providers. Columbitech is privately held with offices in Stockholm, Sweden, and New York, USA.