Remote Detection of Interfered Downlinks in Wireless Cellular Systems Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2012

start page

  • 444

end page

  • 453

issue

  • 5

volume

  • 23

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2161-3915

abstract

  • This work provides a novel technological solution to jamming in wireless systems, particularly to remotely detect interfered communications in a cellular network. The new system is focused on the detection of a failure in a link between a base station and a fixed wireless terminal located in a residential or business area. It has an important impact in security systems based on wireless terminals to transmit an alarm to a central station. In these systems, non-authorised people can prevent the transmission of the alarm by using a short-range jammer. The main advantage of this proposal is that it is non-intrusive; that is, no modification is needed in the base station, and no protocol modification is performed in the terminal. The detection is implemented in an external unit developed on a software-defined radio platform. The novel system proposed is valid for any cellular system and operator. In this work, we focus on its implementation in the GSM/GPRS system to illustrate its benefits and outline the method for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System. We describe the results of some experiments where the system successfully detects the presence of a short-range jammer in a real scenario