Satellite monitoring and analysis
Security environments are turning out to be more and more challenging as the obscurity of technology progresses, especially for government authorities occupied in the surveillance of communications traffic emerging across diverse satellite networks.
What is Satellite Monitoring and how it works?
Satellite Monitoring System is a satellite communication traffic reception, demodulation, and deciphering system. The Satellite Monitoring System is a powerful platform for Government and Intelligence Enterprises to monitor communication traffic in a totally passive mode. The Satellite Monitoring System offers the Government and Law Enforcement agencies with an absolutely sophisticated programmed tool for carrying out an almost real-time evaluation of Satellite Communication networks of interest.
To carry out passive compilation of satellite transported data and attain plain voice/fax and data statistics, the Satellite Monitoring System will offer an automated platform to the Intelligence agencies. In case the transported information is encrypted, the Satellite monitoring system will provide encrypted raw output. Decryption is not within this system and should be considered as a distinct activity altogether.
Understanding the functionality, a bit deeper!
In Satellite Monitoring one should differentiate between the downlink from the satellite to the target device (e.g. satellite phone) and the uplink from the target device back to the satellite. The downlink is generally easier to intercept as long as one’s own monitoring equipment is within the same ‘satellite spot beam’ as the target device.
With spot beam diameters of hundreds of kilometers this is rather easy to accomplish. The uplink can either be intercepted tactically or strategically. Tactical monitoring means that your monitoring equipment is within the target’s radio line-of-sight, so it can intercept the uplink over the air. Strategic monitoring means that you intercept the uplink not on its way from the target device to the satellite, but when it is relayed from the satellite down to the ground station of the satellite provider. For this eavesdropping you typically need a big provider-grade satellite dish antenna, especially if your antenna is located far from the provider’s ground station.
Satellite Monitoring System from Stratign
The Satellite Monitoring System from Stratign (STN-3412) has been designed and developed to intercept C, X, Ka and Ku-Band compressed (DCME) and non-compressed (Non-DCME) satellite carriers from Global and Regional Satellite Service Providers such as Intelsat, Eutelsat, Turksat, Arabsat, indosat etc.
By providing a mechanized platform for the Intelligence agencies to conduct passive collection of satellite transported data, the STN-3412 is equipped with Carrier Monitoring Application for the purpose of conducting the analysis of the selected satellite carriers and producing their characteristics, which can be applied during monitoring of the same with a content monitoring system.
• Interception of Domestic and International DCME and Non-DCME satellite carriers from C/ X/ Ka/ Ku-band.
• Integrated Carrier Monitoring for finding new signals as well as hidden/discreet satellite signals.
• Satellite data acquisition, real-time demodulation, decoding and decompression.
• Automatic decompression after successful classification of DCME type.
• System is equipped with 18TB storage and archiving capability which can be customized as per user requirement.
• Provides online analysis of SS7 signaling.
• Provides originating country and destination country (in case of international link).
• Standard system configuration can handle minimum 2 E1 carriers and can be customized as per the customer requirements.
Why go for Stratign’s Satellite Monitoring System?
The software of the system is highly user friendly and can be operated with ease.
The database server application is designed to keep track of intercepted information. Also, map application is equipped with a tool to estimate the distance between the different locations of the target.
The Carrier Monitoring application can also be used for searching for new anonymous satellite frequencies which are in operation, when the new frequency is detected by the operator, he can perform detailed analysis on the same carrier to find the modulation type along with other parameters.
All-in-all, STN3412 allows the operator to see all the Voice, Fax and Data sessions on its main screen in real time. The operator can select and listen to any one session in real time while the rest of the sessions will be recorded in the database which are available for the analysis to other operators. The database server is connected to multiple clients, which are manned by operators to analyze the intercepted data.