For the military, the concept of “Situational Awareness” has been part of the vocabulary for many years, especially in the world of armored vehicle operations within hostile environments. The main reason for this is that you have limited fields of vision from within an armored vehicle. So, when someone is shooting at you, knowing where the shot is coming from is very difficult and, whilst you might want to lift the hatch and pop your head out to have a look, that could very easily be fatal.
In the same way, Radio Frequency Spectrum usage has always had very limited visibility – knowing who is using what frequencies, for what purposes, where they are and whether they are friendly or potentially hostile has, at best, been very limited. In fact, in most scenarios, this level of insight has been impossible – something that could not be known because the data didn’t exist and, therefore, could not be analysed.
With the DGS SigBASE solutions the data can now be collected and analyzed in near real-time so that, in any given scenario, our customers know which frequencies are being used, what they are being used for, whether that usage is legitimate and where the users are. The data can also be used to find issues with network coverage and performance, to ensure a high-quality service to legitimate consumers.