Thales System Enables Naval Personnel to Enjoy Unlimited Mobile Connectivity at Sea

Thales has developed COMTICS, the world's first shipboard information distribution system. Intuitive, resilient and designed for mobility, it offers an expansive array of operational services in a highly secure environment.

COMTICS by Thales is a multimedia communication device resembling a smartphone that allows naval personnel permanent shipboard mobility and connectivity with all types of military radios. It provides services ranging from video and data transfers to web browsing and social media, if the operational situation allows, and the ability to chat with colleagues. Thales has designed COMTICS on the basis of its NGIN (Naval Voice Over IP) and FOCON IP (Fibre Optical Communication Network) solutions, which are fully proven at sea and have been adopted by 15 navies to date.

COMTICS offers the highest level of IT protection, tailored to the specific requirements of each customer and drawing on Thales’s unique combination of cybersecurity expertise and in-depth understanding of the naval environment. To ensure service availability even in the event of combat damage, it is built on redundant all-IP architecture to ensure continuity of operations.

The system can support up to 3,000 simultaneous calls. It is robust, dependable, ruggedized to withstand the rigors of the naval environment and scalable to all types and sizes of vessels. It is quick to learn and easy to use, thanks to the intuitive COMTICS interface, and the entire set-up can be installed in a matter of weeks as part of a legacy system upgrade. By delivering key new applications and services for naval personnel, it allows greater mobility on board the vessel, supporting changes in the way communication devices are used and driving greater operational efficiency.

COMTICS is the only product on the market today to offer mobile services for naval personnel on deployment. It enables crew members to stay in touch with family and friends, improving quality of life at sea and making naval careers a more attractive proposition to digital natives.