Our customer is a national intelligence agency which was looking to secure rooms and buildings against technical surveillance, including mobile phones and covert bugging devices. Their standard security protocol required visitors entering these locations to leave mobile phones at reception and handheld sweeps were carried out to periodically search for hidden devices.

However, the agency also wanted a continuous monitoring solution to be confident that they could detect any unauthorized transmissions. In 2016, they chose our in-place monitoring solution allowing 24/7 real-time monitoring of the electromagnetic environment with a simplified alarm system for security guards to respond to spectrum events. Discrete indoor ceiling-mounted sensors combined with outdoor sensors on external walls allow signals inside the building to be easily distinguished from those outside – this eliminates false positives. POA (Power on Arrival) geolocation can also be used to locate any suspect transmissions.

The challenge

A national intelligence agency needed to secure rooms and buildings against technical espionage. These locations are used for the discussion of material designated as classified and secret. It was therefore vital to have the highest level of security using 24/7 real-time spectrum monitoring to prevent covert surveillance.

The solution

Our customer selected our RFeye Guard in-place monitoring solution to secure against technical espionage. A network of indoor and outdoor sensors monitor spectrum autonomously, and alarms are triggered on detection of suspect signals for investigation by security guards. Signals can be geolocated, recorded, and analyzed in real time or post-event.

The results

The agency can be confident that secret conversations will remain secret and that attempts to compromise security will be detected before any damage is done. Autonomous sensors and an easy-to-use software interface minimizes the burden on security guards to maintain this level of security.