CRFS ramps technology for military bases and test ranges
Global military players – notably in the US – have been alerted to a new technology proposition launched by Cambridge-based CRFS, a global leader in RF spectrum monitoring, management and geolocation solutions.
CRFS has launched an upgraded automated spectrum monitoring tool set, RFeye Mission, with an initial focus on military installations and developmental test ranges.
RFeye Mission is designed to automate many of the manual spectrum monitoring tasks to enable even RF non-experts to gain actionable intelligence from the spectrum.
“Not everyone wants to view (or understands) spectrum data,” said Eric Famanas, CRFS product lead.
“RFeye Mission’s user-friendly interface and simple visualisation tools allow non-experts and experts alike to perform a suite of tightly integrated spectrum monitoring activities, making sure they never miss a signal.”
Taking spectrum data from the CRFS intelligent RF sensor nodes, RFeye Mission enables a single operator to quickly and remotely set up and execute spectrum monitoring schedules.
When an event is due to take place, RFeye Mission automatically monitors the RF spectrum, up to 18 GHz, sending automated alerts if a condition is breached, providing data on the frequency, power, timing and geolocation of key signals or interference sources.
The system can also automatically generate reports on specific tests or more general spectrum usage, ensuring the correct data is quickly collected and reported.
“On many military test ranges or bases, an operator has to actively monitor RF activity,” said Famanas. “However, operators need to eat and rest. They get sick. They take vacations. They juggle other responsibilities. RFeye Mission fills in the gaps, automatically.”
RFeye Mission’s sensor Nodes can monitor an entire range and the surrounding area, 24/7. Mission operates remotely, minimising the need to transport equipment to distant parts of the range.
It monitors an unlimited number of emitters in real time, allowing spectrum managers to focus on the most important tasks while Mission does the hard lifting.
Many US military test ranges use frequency deconfliction schedules, such as the Integrated Frequency Deconfliction System. RFeye Mission allows for direct import of these schedules to automatically generate associated monitoring tasks and highlight any potential scheduling conflicts in advance.
By automating spectrum monitoring tasks with RFeye Mission, military spectrum managers can ensure the correct data is being recorded and also safeguard against unauthorised transmissions automatically.