WLS Wireless Locator System

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According to a report that appeared in Business Wire, 27th July, 2009, the best choice for tackling illegal cell phone jamming equipment is AirPatrol’s Wireless Locator system which can be used in correctional institutions. Solutions for threats to mobile and wireless communication are provided by AirPatrol Corporation, with their Wireless Locator System or WLS. They demonstrated their new service at the 64th Annual U.S Deputy Wardens Association meeting, a conference that took place in Lake Ozark, MO.

According to the CEO of AirPatrol Corporation, Ozzie Diaz, correctional institutions are facing a great problem with banned cell phones. Cell phones facilitate inmate participation in gang activities and aid them to commit many crimes such as smuggling banned items into the prison. In such cases, Diaz felt that the Wireless Locator System, with its level of accuracy, could be the best solution to solve the problem.  The system of the WLS contains WLAN Sensors that can be installed in prisons and Ethernet cables are used to connect them to a central WLS manager.

Air Patrol makes use of MapView technology and the WLS Manager of AirPatrol is able to survey and control airwaves 24 hours a day in order to offer a complete view of network posture just by looking at the computer monitor. The WLS Manager is able to immediately spot both legal and illegal 802.11 and RF cell phones within an accuracy of 6 ft.

Basic advantages and key features of WLS Manager from AirPatrol

  • Real time intrusion alerts
  • Automatic self calibration
  • Tools for forensic and network planning optimization
  • Mobile devices as well as 802.11 a/b/g/n devices can be detected accurately
  • A single console is needed to display both cellular and 802.11 a/b/g/n devices
  • Comprehensive, at-a-glance wireless network view
  • Features are license-enabled and can be customized according to the specifications required

The WLS Manager can be combined with the Check Point SMART Security Management Architecture so that the network manager can be alerted in the event of any threat in the wireless communication. These alerts are provided in real time and are automatically enabled as soon as the system is able to detect a rogue device. Moreover, the alerts can be sent to several devices and in different formats. It is also possible to configure the alarm zones to avoid false positives from occurring. All details of intrusions in the system are provided to the authorities. The system also provides a picture that shows the exact spot where the unauthorized devices are being used. The rogue device can then be blocked and communication stopped by means of automatically generated traffic blocking. This blocking can be initiated either remotely or at the packet level. They can be correctly timed and targeted to the device or the attacks by the DNS.

WLS Connect

Jail authorities in charge of security can also use WLS connect to access archives of different wireless threats. The archives contain any previously occurring violation from several days or even months ago. The security incidents can be studied and analyzed by collecting wireless threat data and correlating it with other security data such as video surveillance, identity management and physical access control.

A great deal of information can be accessed with the help of WLS Connect, such as:

  • They can view the exact spot where any unauthorized cellular devices or 802.11 WLAN devices are being used in the area being monitored.
  • If the inmate has sent any emails or SMS or made any voice calls, the details including the start and end time of such messages are also shown through the WLS Connect service.
  • Authorities can view the SSIDs, MAC addresses and association states for 812.11 WLAN devices.
  • WLS Connect can transmit the frequencies and cellular protocol types for any illegal cell phones.

The operations of WLS Connect are completely centralized and they can be operated from remote locations. WLS Connect can also be accessed by several users at a time and is capable of being installed in multiple locations. The console allows flexible monitoring operations.

AirPatrol WLS Cell/WLAN Sensors

AirPatrol uses Ethernet-capable WLS Cell/WLAN Sensors. They are capable of detecting both cell phones and 802.11 a/b/g/n devices. Cell phone and the 802.11 a/b/g/n activity are detected in the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, with the help of two Ethernet ports that are capable of passing through the network. An already existing networking infrastructure can be used and the WLAN sensors do not need any separate infrastructure or installation, as they can piggyback on the existing system.

Main Features of WLAN Sensors and their benefits:

  • Can be set up and configured immediately
  • Design is compact and of industrial grade
  • Capable of detecting 802.11 a/b/g/n devices
  • IEEE 802.3af compatible POE or with DC local power 12-60VDC 10W
  • Network pass through data port
  • IDEN cellular devices can be detected
  • Cell phones used in the band 824-849 MHz and 1850-1910 MHz can be easily detected.

The all-weather WLAN sensor is also available and is enclosed in a metal casing that is tamper resistant:

  • In case of high temperature operation, there is a heat sink
  • It is completely weather proof and also has a rubber seal for water resistance
  • It is capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions and has been tested at temperatures of -40°F up to +185°F
  • Enclosed in a sturdy aluminum casing, the hardware is well protected and cannot be tampered with.

The product and demonstration of the service can be viewed at the following site:


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