Cellular network analysis for defense forces

Cellular network analysis for defense forces

Situational awareness for cellular networks in military operations

Decision makers in military operations require a quick grasp of the facts, including parameters of cellular networks. Understanding communications networks is an essential element of situational awareness in any tactical or strategic scenario. Rohde & Schwarz provides high-performance cellular network analysis solutions that can be deployed from ground based or aerial platforms. These solutions give armed forces access not only to an overview of available networks and their coverage but also to automated analysis modules providing military decision makers with the means to quickly and efficiently address any situation. The systems provide data about network structures and single cells by measuring the environment, reading out parameters and analyzing them for multiple purposes, from intelligence preparation of the operating environment to site protection.

Customer challenges

Mobile networks and communications infrastructures become more and more complex, not only in civil areas but also in military environments. In addition to radio communications and equipment such as software defined radios (SDR), private mobile phones are often used to communicate on the battlefield. This makes it even more important to monitor and analyze surrounding cellular networks.

Against this background, solutions for cellular network analysis need to cope with increasing demands on data measurement and analysis in harsh environments and have to deliver:

  • Reliable, relevant cell information and data in a form that is easy to grasp, enabling quick and effective course of action development and execution
  • A turnkey solution that any user can quickly and easily pick up and operate
  • Preset modules for specific use cases that eliminate the need for complicated new settings for each new application

Rohde & Schwarz cellular network analysis solution

Situational awareness

Situational awareness

To successfully execute military operations, information superiority is key. Knowing what is happening in the cellular network environment can literally be of life-saving importance for defense forces. To increase situational awareness, cellular network analysis performs:

  • Automatic channel detection (ACD), finding all networks, bands, channels and technologies in the network
  • (Airborne) cell position estimation (CPE/APE) providing geographic position estimates of mobile radio cells in real-time on site or in post-processing. A list of base stations can be exported for further analysis, integration into a GIS system and mission preparation.
  • Cell measurement and evaluation (CME) to retrieve cell power as well as analyze cell coverage
Protection of critical military infrastructure

Protection of critical military infrastructure

Protecting critical military infrastructure, such as forward operating bases, platforms and tactical operations centers from potential communications threats in the cellular network is of vital importance in every military operation. Securing critical infrastructures with cellular network analysis solutions involves:

  • Monitoring, detection, alarming and location of rogue cells and networks in mobile radio network topologies through base station analysis (BSA/BSM)
  • Monitoring, detection and alarming of significant changes to network conditions (e.g. decreases in the number of detected cells, changes in the spectrum, or changes in signal power and quality) potentially affecting or congesting critical communications (COD)
Search and Rescue (F2) / F3 Missions

Search and Rescue (F2) / F3 Missions

Reliable and precise information is critical for defense forces in F3 missions to enable secure operations in the field and locate and identify targets as quickly as possible. A rapid response time and precise information are critical components of mission success. Cellular network analysis solutions support these missions through:

  • Fast and efficient determination of target area where F2/F3 activity should take place by analyzing cell measurement data (SAR)
  • Definition of the parameters of new cells to be added to the network for quick cell configuration and activation (ICP)

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