Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software
Kestrel TSCM ® Development News
The following comments include development related news, based on questions often asked during demonstrations and technical support.
Software Defined Radio (SDR) | Kestrel TSCM ® Feature Design Competition (FDC) TM
Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., is pleased to announce the first annual, Kestrel TSCM ® Feature Design Competition (FDC) TM in search of the next exciting generational milestone that professional technical operators have become custom to, with our powerful existing software.
Technical operators have often provided considerable input about the existing software features, and have contributed to spotting bugs and undesirable behavior, as well as suggested new features.
Now you have an opportunity to be a part of the honorary Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software design team, by developing a conceptual new capability or feature, to further enhance the real-world capability of the application.
This is your invitation and opportunity to help our Technical Research and Standards Group (TRSG) TM develop the next innovative milestone, with your idea, or concept.
Take an active part in the Kestrel TSCM ® revolution, or is it evolution?
When the obsolete rule book gets in the way at PDTG, we throw it aside, and turn to "intelligent innovation" that is firmly based on field driven ideas, and concepts!
The top three (3) winning conceptual ideas will be developed into a fully functional capabilities or feature sets, within the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software application, and the technical operators, will be rewarded with a published software credit with the application, recognizing the contribution to the success of the software.
Bragging rights are all yours, and you will most certainly enjoy a measure of professional credibility among your peers, and get the inside track on the feature implementation, prior to first Beta release.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is designed and developed as a TSCM specific, operator centric application build on the TSB 2000 (Technical) Standard TM.
Competition Process | Define your idea, and commit to paper, with as much detail as possible about the intent of the feature, desired behavior, operator controls required, display parameters, and reporting properties, supported by an example or two, in a document, or in an email, and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Announcement | The top three (3) conceptual submissions will be announced at the 13th annual Canadian Technical Security Conference (CTSC 2018), running from April 24, 2018 to April 26, 2018 in Cornwall Ontario Canada.
Competitive Criteria | Submissions will be point awarded, tested and judged against the following general parameters by our Technical Research and Standards Group (TRSG) TM, and our Software Development Group (SDG) TM.
Overall Feature Originality | 25 Points
Real World Deployment Usability | 25 Points
Existing Software Integration Level | 25 Points
New Innovation Factor | 25 Points
Once we have your official submission, we do the rest, in completing the technical design, and implementation with the software.
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com for clarification or additional information.
FAQ | Data Storage and Back-Up Considerations
The Kestrel Project File (KPF) directory data can
be moved to any suitable external storage media, typically including a
second storage HDD or SSD drive, collocated on the same system.
We use a concept of “one mission, one
deployment”, and for security reasons, back-up, and clean-up the host
computer after each mission critical field deployment working session.
Kestrel ® IQ | Playback of Real-World Signal Events!
The ability of RECORD and PLAYBACK IQ data is now fully supported within the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.
This capability provides | Real-time IQ Capture | Store | Playback, and ability to | Analyze | real-world signal events during runtime or post event analysis.
Dynamic Source Transfer (DST) TM fully supports the ability of the technical operator to hand-off” between the receiver or analyzer < LIVE DEMODULATED AUDIO > and any previously captured historical < KESTREL IQ (KIQ) > file to display < IF SPECTRA > and demodulate < AUDIO > content.
This feature now opens the door for significant new advancement and milestones to be realized in providing real-world, tactical analysis of potentially hostile signal events.
The implementation of our IQ module, is yet another important milestone - Delivered!
Please contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and information.
Kestrel Support Profiles (KSP)
There are Kestrel Support Profiles (KSP) for many of the industry leading Software Defined Radio (SDR) hardware receivers and analyzers.
Our latest Kestrel Support Profile (KSP) listing now includes the Merlin MK3, Tektronix RSA306, CRFS RFeye Node and the Anritsu (T-Series Spectrum Analyzer).
Please contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI at email@example.com for details and information.
Signal Hound products have emerged as an industry leader in manufacturing low cost SDR receivers.
The Signal Hound hardware is rugged, compact, and ready to deploy in a TSCM or remote spectrum monitoring role.
USB-SA44B (1 Hz to 4.4 GHz)
USB-SA124B (100 kHz to 12.4 GHz)
BB60A (9 kHz to 6.0 GHz)
BB60C (9 kHz - 6 GHz)
SM200A (100 kHz - 20 GHz)
Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., is the exclusive Canadian distributor for the Signal Hound family of products.
Rohde & Schwarz (R&S)
The Rohde & Schwarz compact receiver family is well respected and provides high quality filtering for exceptional noise floor response.
These quality receivers are ideal for long term managed remote spectrum surveillance and monitoring, as well as operated assisted TSCM applications.
We currently support both the EM100 and PR100 compact receivers.
EM100 (9 kHz to 3.5 GHz)
EM100 (9 kHz to 7.5 GHz)
PR100 (9 kHz to 3.5 GHz)
PR100 (9 kHz to 7.5 GHz)
Contact Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) for specifications and product related sales.
ThinkRF Corporation has progressively emerged during the past few years with a very strong, well designed receiver line-up, and we are pleased to provide full support for all of the current R5500 analyzers.
Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., is a full distribution partner for this extremely powerful SDR receiver with both bandwidth and speed.
This is a remarkable product for professionals with demanding requirements that far exceeds industry expectations.
Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software supports dual receiver operation as a standard feature.
The ThinkRF WSA5000 receiver covers a Range of Interest (ROI) from 100 kHz to 27 GHz across three (3) primary models.
Our Technical Research and Standards Group (TRSG) have worked closely with ThinkRF to refine and redefine the product, making it deployment ready.
The current models are seamlessly integrated with a sophisticated Kestrel Support Profile (KSP).
If your intended deployment application requires more than the typical 6 GHz ROI, this receiver is up to the challenge with a huge 100 MHz IFBW.
R5500-408 (100 kHz to 8 GHz)
R5500-418 (100 kHz to 18 GHz)
R5500-427 (100 kHz to 27 GHz)
Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., is an authorized distribution partner for ThinkRF corporation and sales are supported worldwide along with the Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software.
Visit www.thinkrf.com for the latest information and WSA5000 v4 series wireless signal analyzer technical specifications, or contact Paul D Turner, TSS TSI for a quote.
The Anritsu Spectrum Master (C | T Series) is well respected in the industry and provides both USB 2.0 and LAN connectivity for use with the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.
MS2722C (9 kHz to 9 GHz)
MS2723C (9 kHz to 13 GHz)
MS2724C (9 kHz to 20 GHz)
MS2725C (9 kHz to 32 GHz)
MS2726C (9 kHz to 43 GHz)
MS2720T (9 kHz to 43 GHz) | Kestrel Support Profile (KSP) TM | Available!
Contact Anritsu Corporation for specifications and product related sales.
Please ensure that you have installed or updated to the latest release of the Anritsu Master Software Tools (MST) prior to installing the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.
Shearwater TSCM (UK)
The Shearwater TSCM, Merlin Mk3 is fully supported by a Kestrel Support Profile (KSP), with the Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software, directly integrated onboard the Merlin MK3.
This integration allows the technical operator to deploy directly, without the need for a laptop computer in the field.
Kestrel is embedded directly on the Merlin MK3 with a number of customized features such as vide demodulation and battery management, accessible from the Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software interface.
CRFS | RFeye | Nexus (UK)
Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., is very pleased to be able to include the CRFS RFeye and Nexus SDR receiver product line, along with our other industry leading receiver and spectrum analyzer support options, with a Kestrel Support Profile (KSP).
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is an award winning, industry leading, 100% "Developed in Canada" software application utilized by corporations, law enforcement, government, military, and protective teams in 24 countries worldwide.
Many end-users already utilize the RFeye during deployment worldwide, and can now add the award winning, TSCM specific, features included as standard with the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.
CRFS RFeye - Real Time Spectral Analysis | Remote Monitoring
The RFeye is rugged and provides a very clean spectrum, and includes the ability to dynamically switch antenna inputs during runtime, within the Analyzer Control of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.
If you are interested in adding the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software for your current CRFS RFeye receiver, please give us a call to discuss our software capability.
Tektronix is fully supported with a Kestrel Support Profile (KSP) for the Tektronix RSA306-USB receiver.
For information about the RSA306-USB receiver, please contact Tektronix.
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Remote Spectrum Surveillance and Monitoring (RSSM) TM
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software - Signal Intelligence Support System (SISS) is well positioned for fixed, portable, mobile operation, and rapid deployment, in temporary, semi-permanent and permanent facility-wide remote surveillance and monitoring applications.
Our innovative Dynamic Alert Annunciator (DAA) permits the capture and alerting of specific Signals of Interest (SOI), Bands of Interest (BOI), and Ranges of Interest (ROI) in a wide range of deployment scenarios.
Our Collection and Recording Mode (CRM) and Analysis and Review Mode (ARM), is utilized, the technical operator can navigate directly to the important events.
Connect securely with third-party 1024 Bit RSA Private / Public Key Exchange and 256 Bit AES Remote Desktop Software (RDS) encryption from end to end.
Remote network security is often cited as a concern.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software - Signal Intelligence Support System (SISS) adds an additional layer of active protection, which is established with our proprietary operator controlled Remote Intrusion Detection (RID) capability, utilized and controlled in real-time by the remote technical operator, to verify runtime system integrity of the remote site data stream.
Details regarding Remote Intrusion Detection (RID) are not made public for security reasons, and are only available to authorized technical operators, under the execution of a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
Receivers are remotely installed utilizing USB 2.0 / 3.0 / Gigabit LAN or a Multi-Mode Fiber-Optic links, making the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software, Signal Intelligence Support System (SISS) a unique, low cost managed Remote Spectrum Surveillance and Monitoring System solution.
Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is actively deployed by government, law enforcement, military, the telecommunication sector, private security and corporate Technical Security (TSEC) and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) sweep teams worldwide.
Deployment for fixed sites, mobile and portable applications, as well as, semi-permanent, and permanent facility level, and geographical area managed remote spectrum surveillance and monitoring of the ambient Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum are just some of the design capabilities of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.
Typical system deployment includes, portable operator assisted RF based Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) sweeps for illegal Technical Surveillance Devices (TSD) or to implement a remote location Virtual Deployment Team (VDT) with a standalone, unattended, multiple receiver, a managed RF spectrum surveillance and monitoring system with full remote analysis capability.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software can be deployed across large multi-national corporate environments, government buildings or sites, military installations and individual private client's across the country or around the globe.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software has become the choice of professional Technical Security Specialists (TSS), corporate sweep teams, and security individuals worldwide who recognize the benefit of a full featured, innovative, low cost RF spectrum analysis resource.
Key benefits include, a price point up to 7 to 1 of other possible equipment options and the ability to equip every member of the team with a sophisticated standalone, travel friendly RF Rapid Deployment Kit (RDK).
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is not just software, it is the very powerful component behind a complete Software Defined Radio (SDR) system involving leading industry search receivers and spectrum analyzers, antenna, RF sensors and PC based laptop or portable computers.
Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., recognizes the importance of the entire process, and our Software Development Group (SDG) and Technical Research and Standards Group (TRSG), have integrated years of operational deployment experience into an intuitive, operator centric and work-flow based RF sweep system far beyond other commercially available applications, bringing new innovation to the market.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is 100% designed and developed in Canada, and we own and control the source code, providing the highest level of security and integrity, over buyer beware, foreign developed and controlled software options, currently marketed in North America.
The recognition that technical operator certification training is an essential and necessary element, Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., has developed the appropriate level of training and advanced operator certification based on the TSB 2000 (Technical) Standard TM.
Technical operator efficiency is multiplied exponentially, increasing the Probability of Intercept (POI) and Probability of Detection (POD) with advanced multi-tasking capability when single systems are configured to run multiple spectral Ranges of Interest (ROI) across one (1) or more search receivers or spectrum analyzers.
RF Sweep Deployment
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software - Signal Intelligence Support System (SISS) is a full featured standalone TSCM specific, operator centric, rapid deployment based, RF collection and analysis system.
Kestrel TSCM ® is utilized for conducting professional level Technical Security (TSEC) evaluations, Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) inspections, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) collection, and for managed Remote Spectrum Surveillance and Monitoring (RSSM) related assignments at the facility level, for critical infrastructure sites, and for wide geographical area surveillance of the ambient RF spectrum environment.
Kestrel TSCM TM Fiber-Optic Module (KFM)
Our Technical Research and Standards Group
(TSRG) TM is pleased to announce a new Multi-Mode Duplex
Fiber-Optic solution is now available for for the Signal Hound (BB60A),
USB 3.0 Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer and RF Recorder.
Data transfer security is significantly
enhanced as is the extended working range.
Signal Hound Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer
The Signal Hound (BB60) Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer and RF Recorder is available in Canada".
PDTG Inc., is the exclusive Signal Hound distributor in Canada and pleased to announce the availability of this latest award winning technological milestone and engineering achievement.
The Signal Hound BB60A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer and RF Recorder utilizes a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed link and streams 140 MB / sec of digitized RF data to your PC (14-bit samples) at 80 million samples per second, with 20 MHz of useable bandwidth.
In spectrum analyzer mode, the proprietary Application Programming Interface (API) performs up to 1.2 million FFT's every second, delivering real-time spectrum data to a Graphical User Interface (GUI).
A host computer with an Intel i7-3630QM or better is recommended for continuous runtime operation.
The Signal Hound (BB60A) spectrum analyzer software features a 2-D waterfall or 3-D topographical view, as well as a GPU-accelerated color persistence mode.
Normally undetectable events are easily seen in this mode.
RF Frequency Range: 9 kHz to 6 GHz.
Dynamic Range: -151 dBm to +10 dBm.
Resolution Bandwidth (RBW): 10 Hz to 10 MHz.
Instantaneous (IF) Bandwidth: 20 MHz.
Sweep Speed: Up to 24 GHz / sec at 10 kHz native RBW.
Computer Connection: USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Communication at 140 MB / second sustained throughput to the host computer, USB 2.0 is not supported.
Power: USB 3.0 Super Speed PC Port.
With the optional Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software, Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) has never been this easy.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Paul D Turner, TSS TSI at firstname.lastname@example.org or 647-293-7384
Facility Wide RF Spectrum Intelligence
"Kestrel Defined Monitor (KDM) Wideband Spectrum Monitoring..."
It has been said that “distributed intelligence is the future of spectrum surveillance and monitoring”.
The Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software - Signal Intelligence Support System (SISS) is a wideband spectrum surveillance and monitoring system that provides an extremely powerful and cost-effective stand-alone or managed solution, by providing RF spectrum awareness across large multi-tenant facilities and vast geographic areas over extended periods of time.
Kestrel Defined Monitoring (KDM) TM and Differential Signal Analysis (DSA) TM can provide optimal protection against unauthorized surveillance devices and reduce the risk of harmful interference to authorized systems.
Our Dynamic Alert Annunciator (DAA) is another example of form and functionality, permitting pass / fail verification for RF secure and SCIF work spaces.
The Kestrel Wideband Spectrum Surveillance and Monitoring System provides integrated detection, capture, monitoring, notification and a reporting solution that transforms RF spectral intelligence into meaningful and actionable information in near real-time across a secure network connection.
In-place RF spectrum monitoring can provide valuable on-site intelligence to supplement the overall intelligence cycle and provide coverage 24 / 7 to enhance and improve the facility security posture between sweeps.
The Kestrel spectrum surveillance and monitoring system supports a high capacity, scalable constellation of KestrelPod TM Ultra Wideband Surveillance Antenna (sensor arrays) for near-field spectral data collection that is continuously or periodically monitored across a secure end-to-end encrypted (256 Bit AES) network connection to facilitate remote system activation and programming, host computer maintenance, spectrum and signal level analysis, review and the remote audio demodulation of local signal events and the review and management of historical project files.
KestrelPod TM (sensor arrays) are remotely deployed and all signal level intelligence is monitored over a private TCP / IP network cable, fibre-optic or a 3G / 4G / LTE cellular modem, to provide high performance, remote spectrum and signal level monitoring and near real-time carrier detection within a building or large geographical area.
The Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software; Signal Intelligence Support System (SISS), is a wideband spectrum monitoring and surveillance system built around a low cost, digital RF detection system with a frequency coverage with an extended frequency range of interest from 1Hz to 43 GHz with currently supported receivers and analyzers, enabling the detection, identification and localization of continuous and periodic transient signal events at all operational threat levels within the most critical areas of the RF ambient spectrum environment, from a technical security point of view.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software seamlessly combines the capabilities of real-time spectrum analysis with a distributed intelligent KestrelPod TM sensor array network.
Our portable, mobile, temporary, semi-permanent and permanent deployable system configurations provide a combination of flexible, scalable, leased and private client configurations for total facility wide in-building managed systems and large geographical areas.
Encrypted end-to-end managed spectrum monitoring systems are an essential business tool when sensitive information must remain private or secure.
For commercial business clients, a Kestrel TSCM TM managed or leased spectrum monitoring system can provide a unique alternative and competitive edge that can significantly reduce start-up and on-going maintenance costs and provide real-time and periodic, on-demand access to critical RF spectrum intelligence, without the typical operational overhead of installing, training, maintaining and operating a dedicated and typically complex in-building technical security network.
The Kestrel TSCM ® RF spectrum monitoring system provides secure end-to-end connectivity, while fully supporting scalable KestrelPod TM Ultra Wideband Surveillance Antenna (sensor arrays) connected to a wide range of supported SDR digital receivers and spectrum analyzers from 1 Hz to 43 GHz.
The Kestrel TSCM ® system is an advanced, distributed spectrum intelligence system with local and central analysis and control capability.
KestrelPod TM Ultra Wideband Surveillance Antenna (sensor array) is deployed on a standards based Antenna Placement Distance (APD) TM to form an intelligent sensor array with local spectrum processing and analysis capability, utilizing any number of supported search receivers or analyzers for dynamic spectrum and demodulation hand-off.
Our advanced Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum surveillance and monitoring, carrier detection, and advanced Session Report Generator (SRG) provides low-cost, on-demand, near-field high performance signal detection and analysis, by placing spectrum surveillance and monitoring resources close to the target area.
Secure on-site data storage and remote our remote managed monitoring, ensure rapid, scalable field deployment and system expansion capacity for additional, focused critical coverage wherever and whenever required.
Existing sensors may be activated and interrogated even, if they are outside of the client's occupied space, for true 3-dimenssional coverage within multi-tenant buildings of any size or configuration.
The ability to interrogate any number of installed sensors located inside and outside of the target area, horizontally, adjacent, above and below; are all available and provide spectrum intelligence across the network.
The Kestrel TSCM ® managed spectrum surveillance and monitoring system fully supports multiple wideband RF receivers and spectrum analyzers across a switched network of KestrelPod TM (sensor arrays).
With today’s wireless transmitters typically
operating with lower power levels and at higher and higher frequencies
with wider bandwidths, it is essential that TSCM specific Software
Defined Radio (SDR) systems provide accurate frequency detection across
a wide Range of Interest (ROI).
Carrier specific detection and transmitter identification demands that both the professional search receivers, analyzers and intelligence sensor network be co-located close to the anticipated source of the emitter and distributed across a secure end-to-end network connection.
The Kestrel TSCM ® wideband
spectrum surveillance and monitoring system provides an affordable,
professionally managed solution for these unique technical security
Automatic carrier detection and signal identification are essential for capturing potentially hostile signal events.
Continuous and transient signal events
(friendly and hostile) are automatically detected, identified, marked
and placed on the appropriate threat or signal list for review and
analysis in near real-time.
Scheduled, periodic, continuous and sustained long-term RF spectrum surveillance and monitoring is easily accomplished, providing real-time and post event analysis capabilities, alerting and reporting.
All intelligence based spectrum data is written to the host computer hard-drive and historical project files may be review during runtime without interrupting the collection process or at any time in the future, including the Real-time RF Display (RSD) trace data, Peak Envelope Capture (PEC) and Spectral Average Trace (SAT), as well as the Waterfall Display (WFD) providing evidence of periodic signal events in the RF and time domain.
Meaningful spectrum surveillance and monitoring requires continuous data acquisition and storage over extended periods of time, prior to, during and after critical business events, as well as periodically to satisfy due diligence requirements.
Whether monitoring and verifying the presence of known or authorized signal events, detecting and identifying the presence or absence of unauthorized or hostile Technical Surveillance Devices (TSD) or monitoring for transient spectrum interference or unlicensed activities, only continuous, long-term spectrum monitoring can provide meaningful context and perspective.
Kestrel Dual Monitor Workstation
"Introducing the Kestrel Dual Monitor
Complimenting this incredible achievement is the first of its kind, Kestrel TSCM ® Dual Monitor Workstation permitting not only rapid deployment and ease of travel, but also the ability to collect and analyze signal events across multiple spectrum bands and search receivers.
The picture below demonstrates the Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) EM100 Compact Receiver connected to the Kestrel TSCM ® Dual Monitor Workstation in a multiple spectrum band, multiple search receiver configuration.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Dual Monitor Workstation is the ideal companion for professional technical operators deploying the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software at all known and developing threat levels worldwide.
This accomplishment is yet another first for Professional Development TSCM Group Inc. and is a true milestone in engineering excellence, combining leading edge innovative receiver technology, a TSCM specific (Developed in Canada) Software Defined Radio (SDR) application and now a dedicated Dual Monitor Workstation with an Intel i7 Processor, high capacity hard-drive and exceptional specifications.
"Innovation is simply the Beginning..."
Signal Hound Real-Time Signal Analyzer
"Introducing the Signal
The BB60A is yet another technological milestone for the US based manufacturer Test Equipment Plus and enhances the already industry leading Signal Hound TM family of products.
Professional Development TSCM Group Inc. is the exclusive Canadian distributor for the Signal Hound TM family of innovative low cost search receivers and spectrum analyzer products, and are very pleased with the this latest technological achievement.
PDTG Inc. recognized early on the unique potential for Signal Hound receivers within the Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) community and very wisely selected the Signal Hound TM receiver product line as the initial development platform for the Genesis ECM TM and Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software.
Test Equipment Plus has a proven commitment and demonstrated dedication to research, development and production level manufacturing of quality, well-engineered RF products. We are very pleased and extremely proud to be associated with and support what can be described as the most innovative and unique Software Defined Radio (SDR) products world-wide.
This new industry disruptive technology has a 20 MHz real-time bandwidth and tunes from 9 kHz to 6.0 GHz. The receiver collects 80 Million Samples / Per Second and streams data via a USB 3.0 port at 140MB / Per Second and requires a minimum of an Intel i7-3612QM quad-core processor (or higher) and Windows 7 Professional Operating System.
An internal RAID-0 or RAID-5, parallel four drive high storage capability configuration is required to be able to sustain continuous high-performance (full bandwidth) streaming of RF data to the hard drive of a typical desktop host computer.
A RAID-0, RAID-5 or SSD is not required when the BB60A is used only as a real-time spectrum analyzer and does not need to record the data stream to a storage drive.
The minimum recommended laptop data storage is a 512 GB SSD capable of sustaining sequential write speeds of at least 230MB / per second or higher (the SSD current market standard is 600 MB / per second) and it is recommended that a video card with GPU capability be utilized.
GPU is used as a graphics accelerator for rendering split-screen (3-D) color spectrograms with the added feature of user selectable perspective angles and a (2-D) color spectrogram (waterfall) can also be selected by the technical operator.
Color persistence is a GPU accelerated feature that allows the technical operator to visualize what can be described as normally undetectable signal events and / or harmful interference, in this mode of operation.
The BB60A is capable of continuous sweeping up to 24 GHz / per second with the Enhanced Spurious Rejection (ESR) feature OFF or 12 GHz / per second with Enhanced Spurious Rejection (ESR) feature ON.
As an outstanding example to illustrate this capability, the BB60A can continuously and simultaneously record the entire FM radio station band from (88 MHz to 108 MHz) or any other (up to 20 MHz) of spectrum allocation bandwidth.
The ability of the technical operator to first record and then playback the entire 20 MHz FM Broadcast Band and then demodulate the audio of any of the recorded stations and tune from station to station during post event analysis is fully supported as all of the stations were captured and recorded simultaneously.
The design simplicity of the BB60A permits the receiver to draw power directly from USB 3.0 cable and host computer port. The receiver is packaged in the same case foot print as the current model USB-SA44B and USB-SA124A/B spectrum analyzer receivers.
The BB60A spectrum analyzer sweeps 80 times faster than the original USB-SA44B and data streaming can be GPS time stamped. RF record and playback modes support the ability to analyze complex signal events.
The BB60A is a truly industry
disruptive new technology and is ideal for applications requiring
broadband real-time data streaming or RF surveillance applications
including Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), as there has
Work is progressing on full support for the BB60A for use with the Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software, bringing to market the lowest cost TSCM specific Signal Intelligence Support System (SISS) anywhere.
Additional TSCM specific technical operator centric features will also be available when the BB60A is utilized with the Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software application.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is 100% developed in Canada and supports not only Signal Hound receivers, but also the Anritsu Spectrum Master and the Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) EM100 / PR100 Compact Receivers.
Support for other search receivers including the CRFS RFeye Node receiver are currently under development by our software Development Group (SDG) in Canada.
PDTG Inc., is firmly committed to building a strong network of technical security professionals worldwide.
"Innovation is simply the Beginning..."
Rohde & Schwarz (EM100 / PR100) Support Level
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional
Software now fully supports the Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) compact search
With a mid-range price point; dual receiver
capability from 9 kHz to 7.5 GHz is deployment ready in combination with
the Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software; at all operational
threat levels and exceeds the expectations of even the most demanding
Kestrel (Custom) RF Cables
Our Technical Research and Standards Group (TRSG) TM has partnered with a Canadian speciality cable manufacturer to bring high quality field ready, custom made to order RF cables for use in typical TSCM deployment scenarios, semi-permanent and permanent surveillance and monitoring installations of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software, Signal Intelligence Support System (SISS).
If you are looking for a custom cable, please contact us with your requirements.
The following cable selection table provides a number of our standard (recommended) cable options.
Additional made to order custom configurations are also available.
The importance of utilizing custom high quality RF cables and connectors must never be minimized.
The quality and type of RF cable you utilize is just as important as the receiver and antenna combination selected for deployment.
Quality RF cables and connectors minimize signal loss factors and prevent undesirable interference and noise.
KestrelPod TM Wideband Surveillance Antenna TM
Our Technical Research and Standards Group (TRSG) TM is very pleased to announce a that our low profile ceiling mounted KestrelPod TM Wideband Surveillance Antenna is now available for semi-permanent in-building installations.
The KestrelPod TM Wideband Surveillance Antenna is designated as an advanced Near-Field, Omni-Directional and Vertically Polarized low profile ceiling mount antenna, and exhibits excellent surveillance and monitoring characteristics across the Signal Hound TM USB-SA44B, USB-SA124A and BB60A SDR search receiver range.
Permanent and semi-permanent installation is easily accomplished and multiple antenna units may be installed in advance to provide the technical operator with a variety of antenna location options for temporary, special event monitoring assignments.
Kestrel LAN Remote (KLR) TM
Our Technical Research and Standards Group (TRSG) TM is very pleased to announce a significant research and development milestone.
The Kestrel LAN Remote (KLR) provides Gigabit Ethernet Network support for the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software, when utilizing the Signal Hound TM (USB-SA44B) and (USB-SA124A) search receivers.
The Kestrel LAN Remote (KLR) TM hardware module allows the technical operator to install and control remotely located Signal Hound TM search receivers and other USB 2.0 devices, directly via a virtual Gigabit LAN connection utilizing Cat 5e or ideally, Cat 6 network cable, provides full operational deployment support for remote receiver command and control, real-time spectrum and waterfall and audio demodulation streaming over a secure Local Area Network (LAN).
The KLR module is an excellent option when the host computer is not equipped with a sufficient number of High Speed (USB 2.0) ports.
The KLR module extends the capability of the technical operator and permits the utilization of existing cabling infrastructure to remotely install search receivers where they are most needed.
Release v1.25 Milestone...
The latest release (v1.25) of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software now includes as a standard feature, our new Advanced Signal Intelligence Database (ASID) TM, Frequency Database (FDB) TM and Operator Signal List (OSL) TM database functionality.
These two (2) important features provide the technical operator with unprecedented signal analysis and verification capabilities; including geographical area and free space RF power searches of all non-protected frequency licensing data North America wide.
The Frequency Database (FDB) TM is fully integrated operationally with our GPS capture ability and the Differential Signal Analysis (DSA) TM feature to allow the technical operator to determine the expected free space power level, distance and bearing to and from the transmitter site.
This technological milestone is another first; only found in the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software and makes it easy to confirm, dismiss and / or otherwise verify unknown signal events, allowing the technical operator to focus on potentially hostile signal events.
Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software...
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software was officially released at CANSEC 2011 - Ottawa on June 01, 2011 with full support for use with the low cost and small foot print Signal Hound TM SDR USB-SA44B (1 Hz to 4.4 GHz) Spectrum Analyzer and Measuring Receiver.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is a highly advanced workflow based, technical operator centric, TSCM specific spectrum detection, monitoring, collection and analysis based application with innovative and forward-looking features and functionality developed in Canada.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software and Signal Hound SDR search receiver are part of a complete RF detection, monitoring, collection and analysis system that sells for thousands of dollars less than the cost of most receiver hardware.
Our ability to provide advanced technical operator training and certification places Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., at the leading edge of a technological revolution.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software, Live View Analysis (LVA) TM and other advanced software based features and functionality offer never seen before deployment functionality for medium to high operational threat level deployment.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is a fresh new operator centric approach to Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) at all operational threat levels, as may be experienced by private individuals, the security and investigation industry, corporate security, government, law enforcement, defence and military clients worldwide even when deployed along side other more sophisticated equipment resources.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is technical operator centric and workflow oriented application, taking TSCM spectrum analysis, spectrum monitoring and management, hostile signal detection and signal identification and analysis to an entirely new and sophisticated level.
Anritsu ("C" Series) Spectrum Master Support...
Our Software Development Group (SDG) is well established in Canada and has developed full software command and control support for the Anritsu ("C" Series) Spectrum Analyzer providing an advanced software option that extends the functionality of the Anritsu ("C" Series) product line in five (5) frequency options from 9 GHz to 43 GHz.
Aside from command and control, our software provides multiple receiver and analyzer operation with the spectrum and demodulation hand-off capability.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is the first commercially available product to enter the marketplace with full command and control support for a wide range of professional level, commercially available receivers and professional spectrum analyzers.
Features include our Live View Analysis (LVA), multiple and dual receiver capability, including active spectrum and demodulation hand-off and other advanced TSCM specific functionality.
Our Software Development Group (SDG) brings our innovative software designs to life with advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and highly advanced creative functionality that has never been seen before in a commercially available product.
Our highly anticipated support for the Anritsu ("C" Series) Spectrum Master Analyzers was successfully demonstrated and launched at the Western Canadian Technical Conference (WCTC) in Calgary Alberta in October 2011 and is now available.
Kestrel Prey II TM RF Locator
The Kestrel Prey II TM RF Locator, Rapid Deployment Kit (RDK) is now available, all but making broadband detectors obsolete.
The ability to utilize the advanced signal identification and location tools of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software allows the technical operator to detect, identify, visualize, demodulate and locate potentially hostile signal events or Signals of Interest (SOI) indoors and outdoors.
The Kestrel Prey II TM RF Locator is the first full featured TSCM specific, operator centric and work-flow based walk-about analyzer and RF mapping system, taking full advantage of a powerful Windows 7 Professional, ruggedized Tablet computer with a 12.1 inch day-light viewable display and pre-configured with the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.
The Kestrel Prey TM RF Locator includes and an RF / USB accessory kit and Kestrel Feather Antenna; packaged in a travel hard case for out of the box rapid deployment.
This rugged MIL-STD tablet computer has an Intel Core i7 processor, 160 GB HDD, 16 MB RAM and dual (hot swappable) high capacity batteries.
The system is preconfigured with the latest release of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software, and either a (1 Hz to 4.4 GHz), (100 kHz to 12.4 GHz), (9 kHz to 6 GHz) Signal Hound SDR search receiver and a Kestrel Feather Antenna making it deployment ready.
The Kestrel Prey TM RF Locator provides discrete signal analysis (unlike typical broadband detectors) and provides active source location, utilizing our unique FFT Demodulation Visualizer and RSSI Tone Locator (RTL) functionality.
Our unique SDR Communication Receiver Mode (CRM), provides the technical operator with a dedicated walk-about RSSI based RF Tone Locator (RTL) and provides the ability to record the audio of potentially hostile signals utilizing the Kestrel Wave Recorder (KWR).
Kestrel TSCM - Release Notice (v1.24-RC1)
The next generation of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software is now available for purchase.
Release v1.24-RC1 provides, Single Receiver Operation (SRO), Dual Receiver Operation (DRO), Multiple Receiver Operation (MRO), Kestrel Graphical Mapping (KGM) and many other unprecedented features, functionality and reliability.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software | Signal Intelligence Support System (SISS) is the lowest cost, full featured Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) and advanced communication monitoring system on the market.
Work flow based and operator centric in every respect, Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software brings real world RF spectrum analysis for field deployment in a small foot print form factor.
If you are not yet using the "Small but Mighty Kestrel", only one question comes to mind - Why Not!
Kestrel TSCM | The Innovation Continues
Finally, a technical operator's dream comes true with the first ever, low cost Multiple Receiver Operation (MRO) TM and Dual Receiver Operation (DRO) TM support that fully supports both spectrum and demodulation hand-off to any number an type of Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software supported search receivers and spectrum analyzers.
This latest advancement milestone in TSCM specific Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology provides the technical operator with absolute command and control of the RF spectrum and sweep process.
Our software fully supports fully synchronized "on-the-fly" RF spectrum hand-off to any available connected search receiver or analyzer in sweep mode and in demodulation mode; the technical operator can hand-off "on-the-fly" the demodulation process.
This permits the technical operator to continue sweeping uninterrupted on one receiver and supports the demodulation on a second receiver.
The ability to hand-off the threat analysis cycle is also fully supported at the software level adding yet another essential element to significantly increasing the Probability of Detection (POD) during deployment.
Advanced Signal Intelligence Database (ASID)
The "Kestrel" has a new companion! We successfully demonstrated the Advanced Signal Intelligence Database (ASID) TM and Frequency Database (FDB) TM component at the 7th annual Canadian Technical Security Conference (CTSC 2012) in Cornwall Ontario this past week.
The ASID feature is scheduled to be available in the next software release and is undergoing final development and integration.
The ability to provide real-time frequency matching and query based FDB searches significantly enhances the technical technical operators ability to quickly identify unknown signal events within the real-time ambient RF spectrum environment.
Anritsu Spectrum Master ("C" Series) Support
We are pleased to confirm that work is now complete on full command and control hardware support for the Anritsu Spectrum Master ("C" Series) Spectrum Master Analyzers and is now available for use with the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.
The Anritsu ("C" Series) analyzers includes five (5) hardware options at 9 GHz, 13 GHz, 20 GHz, 32 GHz and 43 GHz to suit all threat levels and operational budgets.
Anritsu Spectrum Master ("C" Series) Support
With the successful launch worldwide of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software in June 2011, work is now progressing extremely well on additional hardware support; including the Anritsu Spectrum Master ("C" Series) Spectrum Master Analyzers and expected to be available in the next 30 days.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software architecture is specifically designed to support virtually all Software Defined Radio (SDR) spectrum analyzers and search receivers and is fully scalable to 325 GHz, while taking full advantage of recently implemented Anritsu Spectrum Master hardware and programming refinements including block IQ transfer in 800 ms block transfers.
These refinements make it possible to achieve improved search speeds from 9 kHz up to 43 GHz without additional hardware; utilizing the advanced features of the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software will provide full advanced operational support and control of the the MS2722C (9kHz to 9 GHz), MS2723C (9 kHz to 13 GHz), MS2724C (9 kHz to 20 GHz), MS2725C (9 kHz to 32 GHz), and the MS2726C (9 kHz to 43 kHz) professional series portable handheld spectrum analyzers.
There are a number of Anritsu Spectrum Master options either required or recommended as indicated in the following chart.
Kestrel Prey TM RF Locator
Professional Development TSCM Group Inc., is pleased to announce yet another industry first; the immediate release of a powerful companion TSCM specific sweep tool and equipment resource for use with the Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software.
The Kestrel Prey TM RF Locator is delivered on a preconfigured Windows 7 (32 Bit) PC based Tablet style computer that allows the technical operator to utilize the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software to determine the precise location of any RF based signal source present within, or adjacent to, the target area.
The ability to complete a walk-around sweep utilizing the powerful functionality of the Kestrel TSCM TM Professional Software, RSSI Locator Tone (RLT) and RSSI History Display (RHD) eliminate the guess work when the technical operator has identified an unknown signal and needs to determine whether the signal is originating from within the target area or is simply part of the ambient RF spectrum environment.
This major development and engineering milestone accomplishes two (2) important goals and objectives for our Technical Research and Standards Group (TRSG).
The first was the ability to deploy the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software on a powerful Laptop for long term unattended collection and threat detection and second, we now the ability to utilize the same ground breaking TSCM specific software for advanced signal hunting, direction finding and precision signal source location, running on a highly mobile preconfigured 10-Inch Tablet style computer.
The Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software application fully supports the advanced Touch Screen functionality of the Tablet computer, making the Kestrel Prey TM RF Locator the first ever full featured TSCM specific equipment resource, in a class entirely on its own.
The ability to utilize the Signal Hound TM Receiver as a sophisticated RF Search Probe (RSP) TM is significantly enhanced by the sophisticated features and advanced functionality within the Kestrel TSCM ® Professional Software application.
Our Technical Standards and Research Group (TSRG) is focused on bringing new and innovative technical security solutions to the front line technical operator and TSCM specialists worldwide.
Give us a call to discuss our technical vision for your future sweep needs.
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