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RF Monitoring During Emergencies

Raymond Chan  (Product Manager, Anritsu)

Pass Type: All Access

Track: System Resiliency, 911 and Dispatch

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

With the advent of new technology, the RF spectrum is becoming more crowded. The situation will only worsen over time as there is a push for wireless technology, such as the internet of things (IoT).

Today, a wide range of products are designed for emergency communications for civilian, military, and government agencies. Although these technologies are innovative, they are not intended to work in conjunction with each other. In a large emergency situation, the RF environment will be highly chaotic. There will be multiple search and rescue entities, law enforcement, and military elements. Each element will have its communication equipment and communication plans as well. To further complicate the situation, there will be rogue transmission from civilians in the area of incidents.

With so many moving parts, there needs to be a method of effectively monitoring and controlling the RF environment during an emergency. Remote spectrum monitoring systems can be quickly set up and provide situational awareness of the RF environment during an emergency. Providing elements the ability to activate located dead zones, jamming, rogue transmission, and interference for the area they are operating. As more infrastructure is set up, each can be brought up without interfering with other elements.