Pune-based AirTight Networks, which builds secure cloud-managed Wi-Fi and wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) solutions, has announced capabilities to allow companies to locate unauthorized use of cellphones in “wireless free zones” that might exist in settings like prisons, military, etc.
AirTight already has products that allow companies to locate unauthorized use of wi-fi devices, and this new capability will allow them to physically locate and disable/remove mobile phones too.
Excerpts from their press release:
“Because cellular operates on licensed frequencies that many government and private organizations cannot legally control even inside their own airspace, unauthorized mobile communications can compromise security and create a significant challenge for organizations that rely on “no-wireless” policies as part of their security strategy,” said Dr. Hemant Chaskar, VP of technology and innovation at AirTight Networks. “However with reliable detection technology, cellular devices can be easily located and physically removed or disabled to ensure compliance. And by integrating our new cellular detection with our automated wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS), our customers can now maintain comprehensive 24/7 wireless security that combines tracking and reporting of cellular activity plus our industry leading WIPS for the unlicensed Wi-Fi bands.”
The AirTight management console can alert security staff via email or the management interface whenever an incursion is detected. The information provided includes the time, duration, frequency band, and physical location of the cellular activity. In addition to alerts, custom reports can be generated and distributed automatically on a scheduled basis.
Applications include monitoring and detection of contraband cellular phones in and around SCIFs, detection of network and printer eavesdropping devices that use cellular radios to transmit confidential information beyond the security perimeter, and enforcing compliance with DoD and other Federal agency “no-wireless” policies.