Transportation - Ports

Distributed Real-Time spectrum monitoring is critical for today's complex port operations

The challenge

  • Chaotic and complex wireless environment associated with in/out-bound vessels, dock-side logistics, freight movement, perimeter protection, asset protection, dockside safety, frequency coordination, and interference management.
  • Multiple areas of potential and operationally disruptive RF interference.
  • Constant challenges with uncoordinated frequency plans from incoming, standby and outgoing traffic.
  • Potential impact of wireless jammers, now readily available to consumers, can wreak havoc on port operations.
  • Threat of illicit or negligent Drone activity on critical assets perimeters

Failure to effectively manage this environment jeopardizes the port’s operations, revenues and safety

The solution

SigBASE is a real-time remotely managed monitoring and analysis solution that requires no manual intervention or oversight to protect and monitor a ports threat perimeter and provides a clear, free of interference, RF environment 24/7.

  • Identifies and locates interference and performance issues for wireless camera systems, staff radio, and machine-to-machine communications.
  • Assists with frequency coordination and ongoing management/enforcement.
  • Constantly learns the environment, identifying emerging issues and enhancements.
  • Mobile surveys/monitoring available for areas not covered by fixed nodes.
  • Enforces “RF quiet zones” for storage and handling of hazardous materials (e.g. LNG).
  • Provides optimum performance models for different environmental scenarios, such as ship entrance/exodus, while constantly learning and fine-tuning.
  • Identifies open channels in emergencies to ensure dedicated, clear communication to first responders and security staff.
  • Detects and locates potential threats by identifying new or suspicious signals, including jammers, allowing rapid intervention.
  • Patented signal detection and learning engine identify emerging issues and minimizes “falsepositives”.
  • Historical analysis shows location and movement of suspicious signals over time, identifying trends and correlated events that could disrupt communications or indicate illegal activity.

Key Features

  • Configured and operated as a nodal network with encrypted backhaul of data, with the ability to login to any node(s) at any time.
  • Each node has a sweep speed >24GHz/sec from 70MHz – 6GHz (configurable).
  • Continuously and autonomously gathers and processes RF data across large areas.
  • Ensures reliable coverage and high-quality voice and data communications.
  • Monitors, analyzes, assigns and manages all frequencies to avoid interference or clashes.
  • Identifies and locates 3rd party signals or activity that may be impacting performance.
  • Automatic alarms and alerts to notify operations when an issue has been detected.
  • Provides detailed information about suspicious devices and types of transmission.

  • Dockside safety – ships, people, vehicles.
  • Traffic management – intermodal transport.
  • RF management – frequency management.
  • Congested area in the port environment with loading/unloading of ships and vehicles.
  • Wideband jammer detected impacting all 450 MHz VHF traffic.
  • Action – DGS equipment identified jammer signature and location for remediation.

  • Perimeter management – secure the port’s boundaries.
  • Illegal activity – smuggling, theft, terrorism, piracy.
  • Critical Asset Management – security.
  • The blue and yellow ovals represent protected zones (specific frequency plans and security protocols established).
  • Action – Presence of unknown Signal of Interest (SOI) (possible threat) automatically detected and located in proximity to LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) zone.

  • Operational efficiency – asset tracking, M2M, IOT.RF management – coverage.
  • Dockside safety – ships, people, vehicles.
  • Vessel has docked at the port operating on 2.45 GHz.
  • Wi-Fi and M2M communications are also in use at the port at 2.45 GHz.
  • Many channels are utilized in open water which can cause interference for port operations.
  • Action – DGS technology recognizes the conflict, locates the emitter and enables remediation to occur.

  • Integrated Security Management – drone intercept.
  • New signal detected in airport exclusion zone
  • IQ data captured in real-time automatically and passed to drone analysis system.
  • Drone analysis system confirms new signal consistent with UAV.
  • DGS confirms coordinates and exact center frequency for intercept Result – Drone threat mitigated.