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Proposal Number: DHS SBIR-2018.OATS-18.OATS-003-0001-II
Proposal Title: Rogue Base Station Situational Awareness Reseach and Development
Topic Number: 18.OATS-003
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Rogue Base Station Situational Awareness R&D
Organization: Akamai Physics, Inc
Address: 1725 Marquess Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005-3383  
Abstract: 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.).
Award/Contract Number: 70RSAT18C00000061
Period of Performance: 09/28/2018 - 09/27/2019
Award/Contract Value: $999,983.46
Award/Obligated Amount: $999,983.46