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Integrated Spectrum Analyzers like OSCOR combine capabilities from multiple types of analyzers to locate signals, not just detect them.

In the last few decades, the volume of RF spectrum activity has exploded and shows no indication of slowing as the demand for wireless information transmission grows insatiably. The opportunity to use free airspace for good is equal to the ability for it to be used nefariously. RF safety and security efforts will face significant challenges in coming years to keep pace with increased opportunity for abuse.

One particular area of RF exploitation that is demonstrating significant expansion is illicit surveillance. Availability of cheaper and highly advanced surveillance products at the consumer level has taken technology that was once reserved for an elite field of intelligence specialists, and made it accessible to the average individual. Easy to use video and audio recording transmitters can be disguised and hidden in the most common, ordinary off the shelf products. These malicious devices are being produced in volume and marketed commercially with little restriction. A quick search for “hidden camera” on your favorite online retailer site may yield surprising results.

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GSM stands for Global System for Mobile communication and is a standard digital cellular network used in Europe and much of the world. GSM phones use removable SIM cards (Subscriber Identity Module) containing network access configurations. A GSM bug is a wireless listening device fitted with a SIM card using the GSM network, and can be accessed and controlled anywhere by a telephone call. GSM bugs can be concealed in common consumer products, appliances, electronic accessories, lamps, preferably items with access to unlimited power, but can also be battery powered. Reasons they are common: Continue reading “What is a GSM Bug?”

REI will be hosting four free seminars in May. The first two in Ottawa, Canada, and the next two near Washington, D.C. Each seminar will discuss the risks posed by electronic eavesdropping and illicit surveillance. There will be an overview of modern threats and eavesdropping techniques, as well as the countermeasures and equipment used to combat intelligence theft. Continue reading “Upcoming Seminars in D.C. and Ottawa”

REI’s Business Intelligence Protection Seminars explain the risks posed to businesses and individuals by electronic eavesdropping and illicit surveillance. Wrongful exposure of sensitive  information including merger or acquisition planning, marketing strategies, financial projections, or executive employee behavior can severely harm an organization. The mere perception of compromised information can lead to stock decline, negative publicity, damaged business relationships, and loss of customer confidence. BIPS offer practical instruction and techniques to guard against critical information loss.

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Recently a new OSCOR Firmware update was released on the REI website. This free download is available for the OSCOR Blue and OSCOR Green Spectrum Analyzers. In addition to performance  improvements, two file and data operations have been added to the latest firmware.

Frequency Allocation Information

When generating a signal list, the OSCOR will automatically populate the comments field with information about the frequency band that a signal might be a part of for the currently selected ITU  region. This information contains known regulatory or other uses of given frequency bands. Depending on the frequency there may be multiple allocations given. The frequency allocation information is also provided anytime that a signal is added to an existing signal list.

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The TALAN is capable of detecting VoIP packets on VoIP phone systems using the 10/100 Mbps rate. The TALAN VoIP Test Adapter will force some Gigabit VoIP systems to auto-negotiate to the  10/100 Mbps rate. However, some VoIP network systems may not be fully compatible with the VoIP Test Adapter, or have been set up not to auto negotiate down. Below are compatibility issues that may be encountered and also solutions:

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REI’s CPM-700 was the standard in RF broadband detection for over 20 years in the TSCM market. Now the ANDRE offers many more features to its users. The ANDRE includes robust tools to help identify what type of signals are being encountered and offers powerful post-sweep analysis functions not available in other broadband detectors.

HOW THE SIGNAL LIST WORKS

The ANDRE automatically generates a list of detected signals that exceed the designated trigger level and register on the frequency counter. These signals display from strongest initial RF level at the top to weakest at the bottom and can be customized to show 10, 25, 50, or 250 signals. Even when the signal list display is full, the ANDRE continues to capture weaker signal information. If a newly-detected signal is stronger than another in the list, the list automatically re-sorts and weaker signals roll off.

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The newly-launched ANDRE Advanced Near-field Detection Receiver from Research Electronics International is helping prevent fraud at exam testing sites. Commonly used for counter surveillance operations and intelligence protection, the ANDRE is now also helping educators prevent cheating during examinations by detecting covert electronic transmissions.

According to news reports out of Brazil*, eleven individuals were arrested last year for using electronic devices during the high-profile National High School Examination (ENEM). This year, the Ministry of Education will be using ANDRE to locate and identify participants who attempt to use electronic devices during the exam and may have circumvented inspection by metal detectors.

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ANDRE Advanced Near-field Detection Receiver Front ViewThe newly-launched ANDRE Advanced Near-field Detection Receiver from Research Electronics International is helping prevent fraud at exam testing sites. Originally designed for counter surveillance operations and intelligence protection, the ANDRE is now also helping educators prevent cheating during examinations by detecting covert electronic transmissions.

According to news reports out of Brazil*, eleven individuals were arrested last year for using electronic devices during the high-profile National High School Examination (Enem). This year, the Ministry of Education will be using ANDRE to locate and identify participants who attempt to use electronic devices during the exam who may have circumvented inspection by metal detectors.

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