Jamming Technology Continues to Gain Prevalence with Cargo Thieves
While the sophistication varies widely throughout the global market, jamming technology has the potential to inhibit the tracking of cargo and foil the recovery of stolen goods.
The FreightWatch International (FWI) Supply Chain Intelligence Center has been tracking jamming incidents for more than a decade. Through the intelligence collected, FWI has made, and continues to make, significant investments in rigorous jamming countermeasures. While criminal technology continues to evolve, FWI continues to innovate to circumvent disruption in clients’ supply chains. Experience tells us that effective jamming countermeasures require a multi-layered security program that includes jamming detection technology, the ability to transmit through jamming interference, and customer-centric responses from the FWI Command and Control Center (C3).
How the Technology Works
FreightWatch International’s global tracking devices use sophisticated listening and filtering techniques to identify the unique interference signatures that jamming devices produce. When a jamming event is detected, the device switches to an enhanced transmit mode in order to facilitate message delivery through the jamming event.
New Jamming Countermeasure Technology
Detection The GEO F5 and Global GEO Single-Use Trackers can be configured to monitor for interference on cellular and GPS frequencies.
Alert The device will attempt to send an alert through a “Forced Message” to the FWtracks application when interference is detected.
Response Trained C3 operators follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) to investigate and act on this knowledge. Responses vary based on customer requirements and documented SOPs. Specific jamming risks in a region of operation are also taken into consideration and applied to the response protocol.
Response by the FreightWatch International Command and Control Center
A layered-security response is the FWI recommended defense against jamming technology. FWI Shield monitoring solution has been developed to combat and respond to potential jamming threats. Developed around industry-specific, best practices, FWI Shield solutions are regionally focused to ensure that customer-specific programs are in unison with regional trends that may have taken hold. The FWI online tracking and monitoring application, FWtracks, notifies C3 operators of a potential jamming event. The operator then investigates the event though a variety of methods including sensor readings, location of the tracking device, and whether it’s moving or reporting location information. C3 operator response may include direct communication with the driver or dispatcher. Based on the investigation and the customer’s SOPs, a C3 operator will determine and report if the shipment is at risk, and escalate the event up to and including a law enforcement response.
A Better Offense
The best offense against jamming technology is just like any other security threat: a well-orchestrated defense through a multi-layered security program. For FreightWatch International, that program would include: the utilization of strong Intelligence to fully understand the threat, Technology to properly leverage the device placement, configuration, and utilization of technical jamming countermeasures in regions where the risk is significant, and Operational policies and procedures put into place to recognize jamming threats and to encourage quick, well constructed, and targeted responses.
Our Services Extend Around the World
Customers operating in Brazil, Mexico, parts of Europe, and South Africa are at a heightened risk for jamming. FreightWatch International’s jamming countermeasures are available in all of these high-risk areas for immediate implementation. In addition, solutions are also available for the lower and more moderate risk regions to customers who have a low-risk tolerance and would like to address the jamming issue head-on before the problems grows.