ADVA tackles GNSS jamming and spoofing with AI solution

February 12, 2020  - By
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ADVA has launched a centralized GNSS monitoring and assurance tool that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for comprehensive predictive maintenance.

The new customer-owned tool enables users to collect and analyze huge amounts of information from across the network to remotely identify issues and protect networks from GNSS vulnerabilities, including jamming and spoofing attacks.

It also helps to identify GNSS obstruction issues, detect blind/poor spots that appear over time, and enable optimal antenna positioning.

ADVA's GNSS assurance solution could help companies dependent on satellite-based timing. (Photo: Business Wire)

ADVA’s GNSS assurance solution could help companies dependent on satellite-based timing. (Photo: Business Wire)

Built into ADVA’s Ensemble Controller network management suite with Sync Director, the solution enables customers to detect potential problems in advance, maintain the highest quality of network synchronization and significantly reduce opex. By complementing today’s limited distributed approach to GNSS assurance with a centralized-global system, it offers a major boost to critical infrastructure dependent on satellite-based timing.

“What we’re offering is a way for network operators to see the bigger GNSS picture. Using AI and ML to analyze the entire synchronization network, our centralized GNSS monitoring and assurance solution will be key in the fight against GNSS cyber issues, such as jamming and spoofing attacks,” said Gil Biran, general manager, Oscilloquartz, ADVA.

“This new technology provides the power to proactively tackle issues that jeopardize vital services,” Biran said. “Harnessing the capabilities of our synchronization devices to identify spoofing problems, it intelligently mines a wealth of data and gives network operators the precise info they need in a highly accessible way. By using long-term heat maps and enormous amounts of data from a wide range of GNSS receiver sources, our solution identifies patterns and preempts issues. It alerts maintenance teams to obstructions or jamming conditions so that countermeasures can be put in place well before services are affected.”

As part of the network infrastructure, ADVA’s centralized GNSS assurance and monitoring solution enables a network-wide view of GNSS receiver health. Requiring no additional hardware or site visits, it remotely delivers detailed analysis, automatically detecting abnormal patterns with a patent-pending algorithm.

Utilizing AI and ML, it alerts maintenance teams to potential GNSS service degradation and safeguards against spoofed signals. Network operators receive updates through a user-friendly GUI as well as regular reports tailored to individual criteria.

As a component of ADVA’s comprehensive Ensemble Controller suite, the new technology makes synchronization monitoring and assurance an integral part of overall network management and control. For network operators, having a single system to track inventory simplifies operations and helps bolster network security.

“GNSS is the fundamental source of network time, phase and frequency generation across so many of today’s industries. From IT to telecommunications, from energy to finance, the reliability of satellite-based timing is crucial and the cost of interference is huge. This latest launch is a key part of our ongoing mission to remove the risk of GNSS vulnerabilities,” said Nir Laufer, senior director, product line management, Oscilloquartz, ADVA.

“The new solution joins our multi-band, multi-constellation GNSS receiver technology — which overcomes ionospheric delay variation — as well as our range of grandmaster clocks with network-based timing and outstanding holdover capabilities,” Laufer said. “Combined with our highly stable cesium clock technology, these create our ePRTC solutions for ultimate GNSS backup. With our comprehensive portfolio, all industry verticals are guaranteed accurate, cost-effective and highly resilient timing.”

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Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006, and also is editor of GPS World’s sister website, Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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