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Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance
Period
Award/Contract
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Abstract

18.OATS-002
Mobile Network Resiliency Research and Development

70RSAT18C00000060 DHS SBIR-2018.OATS-18.OATS-002-0001-II
(DHS SBIR-2018.OATS Phase II)
Mobile Network Resiliency Research and Development

Akamai Physics, Inc
1725 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005-3383

09/28/2018
to
09/27/2019
$999,998.00

There is a requirement to reduce the vulnerability of commercial voice and data networks. These vulnerabilities include cyber-attacks such as SS7, or that which would occur after an EMP event. The cellular network is also vulnerable to external monitoring and tracking. This effort will design, develop, and implement a resilient 4G LTE / First Net cellular capability. To accomplish this, the effort will address security design parameters (detection/alert against SS7, SMS attacks, IMSI catchers, and similar situations. This effort also demonstrates a 4G LTE capability to operate without commercial cellular network or power. As part of that effort, the system will be demonstrated that the system can provide full voice, text, and conferencing over an SBU bridge. The cyber phone effort addresses near-term events (one week). A technology road map that addresses the survivability and sustainability of the communication network will be developed. The key issues are power (and then fuel, provided by a system that can operate autonomously for one year or longer. Issues addressed will include the type of power generation, fuel, and source of fuel, and maintenance. Long-range secure laser communications for high data rates (10 GB: +/sec) will be explored.

18.OATS-003
Rogue Base Station Situational Awareness R&D

70RSAT18C00000061 DHS SBIR-2018.OATS-18.OATS-003-0001-II
(DHS SBIR-2018.OATS Phase II)
Rogue Base Station Situational Awareness Reseach and Development

Akamai Physics, Inc
1725 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005-3383

09/28/2018
to
09/27/2019
$999,983.46

There is a critical need to detect rogue cellular tower base stations (fake cell towers). Rogue towers are a growing threat to the national cellular phone infrastructure. Initial exploratory tests using 2G and 3G GSM detectors discovered illegal cellular activity in the National Capital Region. Our effort will use both fixed and mobile methodologies to geo-locate rouge cell towers. This process to be developed is to operate in the 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE, 5G networks to include First Net. By using the encryption systems (oversight detection) to locate illegal cellular activates (both from the rogue cell tower and its clandestine receiver) this information can then be used to neutralize a cellular trigger, confirm illegal monitoring of cell phone traffic, counter denial of service, and stop tracking of personnel. The information on the rogue cell operations will be integrated into a data collection and characterization base which will then able to be shared through a government controlled web portal. This process will be developed to perform with assessment and mitigation strategies, especially tailored against espionage and potential physical events (IEDs, critical infrastructure hacking, etc.).