If you own a cell phone, work remotely, or commute in an autonomous vehicle, the wireless spectrum is critical to your life. The spectrum is the invisible highway that allows wireless signals and data to stream across the country and around the world. How we design, use, and secure this information superhighway has major implications to national security. This is especially true at 5G expands worldwide, connecting billions of devices and nodes.
For decades, INL employees have conducted research, testing and training on wireless systems, including radios, cellphones and satellites. INL continues to develop award-winning and patented technologies to improve wireless security and increase efficient use of the wireless spectrum.
INL’s vast wireless and cyber security capabilities and expertise enable industry, academia, government and public safety to conduct:
Wireless RF Signal ID and Protocol Reverse Engineering (WiFIRE)
WiFIRE can be effectively used to baseline wireless environments to make it secure.
WiFIRE helps combat wireless attacks by monitoring wireless networks in real time, giving users the ability to respond to security breaches as they’re occurring. Should it detect rogue devices, WiFIRE provides security measures like alerting law enforcement personnel, blocking unwanted data transmission, starting data and/or video recording for potential legal use, and even locating intruders before damage is done. The technology helps protect the nation’s critical infrastructure, making attacks on the power grid and water supply increasingly difficult.
mmWave Autonomous Beam Scheduling
WIRELESS SECURITY INSTITUTE’S WORKSHOP GOALS
At INL our researchers are supporting emerging spectrum sharing technology, engineering analyses, and technology testing, to support the acceleration of 5G technology. INL researchers have created multiple waveforms and novel spectrum-analysis systems. Areas of expertise include: