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Barr Ellison Solicitors – commercial property
16 April, 2018 - 15:03 By Tony Quested

Cambridge tech goes from battlefield to boardroom

Cambridge technology more commonly found on the battlefield is being adapted to the boardroom by government and corporate organisations.

CRFS, a global leader in RF spectrum monitoring technology, has just launched its RFeye Guard system to deliver continuous in-building monitoring of modern surveillance threats. 

The new iteration is designed for use in government, high value corporate, banking, national critical infrastructure, IP sensitive and data centre environments.

Bugging and eavesdropping devices are no longer solely the domain of intelligence services but are available freely online and with high sophistication at very low cost. 

As such, government and business organisations are at risk and the issue of technical surveillance countermeasures (TSCM) has become a corporate level problem. 

RFeye Guard is a fixed TSCM system designed to identify the presence of transmitting devices which may operate anywhere within a vast range of radio frequencies. 

The system identifies electronic devices transmitting from within buildings, tirelessly capturing events which may be in the form of continuous or burst transmissions.

Traditional TSCM strategies rely on the use of sweep teams who enter a building and search individual areas for the presence of transmitters. Nick Balon, general manager at CRFS, said: “Sweep teams can be successful if devices happen to be transmitting when the sweep takes place. However, more modern devices do not usually transmit continuously. 

“Instead, they transmit in short infrequent bursts designed to evade detection. Installed in a room, the RFeye Guard system remains permanently vigilant for RF signals which could sit anywhere within a range of few kHz up to many GHz. 

“It alerts users to the devices presence, and even indicates where in a room the signal source originated from. We know that minimising false alarms is important to users, so our indoor/outdoor signal differentiation feature also means that innocent use of mobile phones on the street outside can be distinguished easily from real eavesdropping threats inside the building.” 

CRFS says the system can easily be scaled from single rooms through to entire office blocks.

CRFS has offices in Cambridge UK and Chantilly, Virginia as well as channel partners around the world that can provide local support. Its market leading radio receiver technology is used internationally for regulatory, defence, security and mobile spectrum operations.

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