March / 2019
RadioInspector: Digital Signal Analysis Program Updates
When analyzing IQ data in automated mode, for all detected signals across the spectrum, RadioInspector’s Signal Classification Analysis and Recognition System (SCARS) now provides the option to program specific frequency
ranges for operator selected digital communication standards,
significantly decreasing the time required for analysis.
In manual mode,
a new point and click operation has been implemented to streamline the digital testing of operator selected signals during live spectrum scanning.
DSTAR, YAESU, ALINCO, NXDN and DPRM digital modes have now been added to RadioInspector's Signal Classification Analysis and Recognition System (SCARS), for operators using the AOR AR-DV1 receiver with the AOR DTEST-DV1 program option.
2D View: Constellation Diagram Display
When performing digital signal processing in the RF signal analysis and performance measurement mode, a new 2D view constellation diagram option is now available to operators. The 2D view diagram enhances visualization and improves the quality of the display indicating changes in phase.
All three constellation diagrams (points, lines and 2D view) also display arrows within the diagram, indicating the phase position at that specific moment, and the direction of movement.
This new feature update was designed for use in SIGINT and COMINT applications and represents a substantial increase in IQ data recording capacity with the BB60C, and is provided for all RadioInspector customers that utilize this receiver. In order to take advantage of this capability, operators will require a laptop with an i7 processor and a solid state hard drive (SSD).
The BB60C can now be used in combination with RadioInspector as a compact IQ data recording platform up
to 6GHz. Recorded and stored IQ data can then be analyzed by a specialized third-party
application or using RadioInspector’s sophisticated IQ_Process program.
RadioInspector software now provides full support for the Signal Hound
SM200A real-time spectrum analyzer and monitoring receiver. The SM200A features a frequency range of 100kHz to 20GHz, 160MHz of instantaneous bandwidth, 110 db of dynamic range, up to 1THz per second
sweep speed at 30kHz RBW and calibrated streaming IQ with 5kHz to 40MHz of
selectable IQ bandwidth.
RadioInspector provides advanced capability for Signal Hound receivers
and is able to take advantage of the SM200A’s increased levels of performance, providing scan speeds of 200GHz per second at just 10kHz RBW. RadioInspector has also implemented an additional programming enhancement for the SM200A, resulting in a cleaner spectrum image for improved visual and technical analysis.
The SM200A, together with RadioInspector's extensive list of advanced features and systems including digital processing and analysis with signal classification and recognition, sophisticated IQ data recording and analysis, complete spectrum data recording, storage, and post processing, performance signal parameter measurement, remote monitoring and geographic information support provides an exceptional, high performance spectrum monitoring and analysis system.
* RadioInspector supports the largest and continually expanding list of more than 180 receivers, spectrum analyzers and SDR instruments from leading professional manufacturers world-wide, providing customers with the greatest deployment flexibility and the widest range of advanced RF spectrum monitoring and analysis solutions for both current and future requirements.
* RadioInspector provides advanced, comprehensive industry leading radio frequency spectrum analysis, data recording, storage, post processing and data management capability for Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), SIGINT, local and remote spectrum monitoring, surveillance, telecommunications and spectrum management applications. RadioInspector delivers powerful cost effective solutions while offering high performance, stability and efficiency, customized to specific individual requirements with sophisticated capabilities and functionality not available with other applications. RadioInspector supports the largest and continually expanding list of more than 180 receivers, spectrum analyzers and SDR instruments from leading professional manufacturers world-wide, providing customers with the greatest deployment flexibility and the widest variety of advanced solutions for both current and future requirements.
August / 2018
We are pleased to announce the addition of Charles (Chuck) Doubrough to the Waypoint Counter Surveillance team. With business expansion over the past year and increased customer demand, Chuck has taken on the position of Covert Operations Product Support Specialist, and will provide technical and training support for covert operations equipment and systems to government and law enforcement customers across Canada.
Chuck retired from the Ontario Provincial Police in 2013 as
a Detective Constable. Of his 30 years of service, 28 were spent in various
functions within Technical Support, including 20 years in the Lock and Alarm
field in the Operations and Security Unit, planning and executing covert entries
under court authorization, six years in the Video and Photographic
Surveillance unit and two years in the Installation Unit, where he specialized
in tracking and covert audio interception.
performed Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) services with the Ontario Provincial police, and brings a wealth of
knowledge from prior working experience which included
designing specialized electronic equipment, primarily for the Canadian
government, and communication systems for law enforcement.
Surveillance provides government, military and law enforcement
organizations with a wide variety of sophisticated equipment, software
and systems for
Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), SIGINT, local and remote spectrum
monitoring and analysis, surveillance, covert operations and
RadioInspector Hardware Support: AOR AR-DV1 SDR Digital Voice Receiver with New AOR-DTest-DV1 Option
now provides support for the AOR AR-DV1 Digital Voice Receiver. The AR-DV1 receives and decodes digital modes including MOTOTRBO, DMR, DPMR, APCO 25, NXDN, D-STAR, DIGITAL CR, YAESU and ALINCO EJ047U as well as analogue signals including AM, wide and narrow FM, upper and lower side band and CW.
In addition, a newly developed AOR-DTest-DV1 option has been designed specifically for use with the AR-DV1 and can be included with the RadioInspector RT-Light software package. The AOR-DTest-DV1 program provides digital signal analysis capabilities for the digital standards supported by the AR-DV1.
AR-DV1 can be used as the primary scanning receiver with RadioInspector or as a secondary receiver for
audio hand-off applications, providing increased audio demodulation
* RadioInspector supports the largest and continually expanding list of 154 receivers, spectrum analyzers and SDR instruments from leading professional manufacturers world-wide, providing customers with the greatest deployment flexibility and the widest range of advanced RF spectrum monitoring and analysis solutions for both current and future requirements.
Waypoint Counter Surveillance was pleased to have exhibited
at the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries CANSEC 2018
trade show, and we would like to thank all those who took the time to visit our booth. CANSEC is Canada’s premier global defence and security event
leading-edge technology, products and services for land-based, naval, aerospace
and joint forces military units.
Culminating in a highly successful exhibition, the event began with a large flow of visitors and extensive activity at
our booth, which continued into the second day of the show. We engaged in lengthy discussions with government intelligence and military personnel on a variety of topics and requirements.
Our featured TSCM and covert operations products, tactical systems
and training drew strong interest. Demonstrations of
RadioInspector TSCM / SIGINT software and the Wi-Fi Inspector system with a vast array of leading sophisticated features, capabilities and level of innovation were highlights of
the event. Extensive receiver support and deployment capability also proved to be a point of interest with software and system
2018 Canadian Police Conference
Following CANSEC 2018, we were pleased to have been invited to exhibit at a closed Canadian Police conference. Partners
from Canada, Ireland and The Netherlands joined us to showcase a
variety of covert operations equipment, systems and training options to law enforcement personnel from across Canada. TSCM equipment including RadioInspector software and Wi-Fi Inspector systems were also on display with demonstrations provided.
* Waypoint Counter Surveillance provides government, military and law enforcement organizations with a wide variety of sophisticated equipment, software and systems for advanced Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), SIGINT, local and remote spectrum monitoring and analysis, surveillance, covert operations and Intelligence applications.
was pleased to have taken part in the Milipol 2017 exhibition and conference with partners Acustek Ltd. and we would like to thank all those who took the time to visit us during the 4 day event.
Demonstrations of RadioInspector and Wi-Fi Inspector with the Digital FAR system, highlighted the latest advanced features and enhancements introduced during the year. We were also pleased to be able to preview several upcoming software additions and hardware updates for the first time, which drew immediate interest.
With an expanding international customer base,
many visitors quickly recognize RadioInspector's leading, next generation spectrum monitoring and analysis capability, providing a
powerful combination of extensive signal detection, identification, digital and precision technical analysis
features with comprehensive data recording, post
processing and data management.
Our booth was once
again located in the information, communications and cyber security
technologies area alongside other TSCM equipment and receiver hardware
manufacturers. We experienced long stretches of continuous visitor
traffic, with many making return visits during the event to discuss a wide range of technical and operational requirements.
Our experienced international team, including TSCM Specialists, equipment developers, former law enforcement and military personnel from Canada, The
United States, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy and The Czech Republic assisted
customers throughout the show, with demonstrations of TSCM and intelligence
related equipment on display.
We also welcomed 27 year Ontario Provincial
Police Technical Services veteran Al
Doubrough to our team for the first time at Milipol. Al was exceptionally well received by government
and law enforcement personnel, identifying directly with their requirements and
specific field applications.
* Following the Milipol exhibition, a series of meetings over several days were held with partners and customers covering new projects, product development
and training initiatives.
and Post Signal Detection Data Recording, Storage and Analysis
RadioInspector has increased its data recording, storage and analysis
capability. For each signal that exceeds and operator determined threshold,
including the unique Dynamic Threshold, operators can now select the number of
spectrum scans both prior to and after each signal detection event with a predetermined bandwidth, for recording and storage in separate files.
Each signal breaking a predetermined threshold is added to the list of detected signals with spectrum graph for review and operators can select automatic audio recording, signal classification and recognition testing and recently announced separate IQ data recording. Now, data for each individual signal detection, including operator selected pre and post event data, is saved as a separate scan file and can be analyzed with the same tools as full recorded spectrum sweeps with the RadioInspector RP post processing program. This includes file playback at user selected speeds (forward or reverse) with 2D and 3D waterfall spectrograms.
Each sweep measurement within the recorded signal file is displayed with the date/time, maximum db level and (if a GPS receiver was used during data collection) the longitude, latitude, altitude, speed (if mobile) and antenna compass information. The signal time-level trace can be displayed and played back, and full parameter measurements can be performed on current, maximum or average values including field strength, occupied frequency bandwidth and frequency of employment. Harmonic and interpolation analysis can also be performed to identify sources of interference.
Once a signal file has been recorded it can be displayed. When selecting the file, operators can choose to center the signal frequency with selected bandwidth in a new window for monitoring and further data collection, or immediately open the file with RadioInspector RP to begin post analysis. As with full spectrum sweeps, post analysis measurement results for each detected signal file can be saved into RadioInspector’s database and any portion of the file can be isolated and re-saved as a new file.
This new ability to save and store separate individual detected signal files with pre detection and post detection data provides even greater, advanced capability for all spectrum analysis applications.
RadioInspector software provides the ability to connect to
multiple receivers simultaneously through a single application. From the
measuring setup window, operators can connect additional receivers from the more than 150 supported instruments, by
direct connection, remote connection or a combination of both.
Receivers are monitored in separate windows with
all data streamed directly to the connected computer via
RadioInspector’s proprietary ‘I_Master Device’ program. Data from each receiver
is saved in separate, individual files to the RadioInspector database for
recall and post analysis.
* Files can be located for post analysis with RadioInspector RP using individual file names or with search filters including date and time, frequency or frequency band and receiver model.
Multiple connections provide the ability to task different receivers to monitor separate frequency bands, perform discrete frequency monitoring and analysis, RF performance parameter measurements or IQ analysis. Receiver data collection points can form 'RadioInspector Networks' locally or internationally and be monitored individually, in groups or all at the same time.
The number of receivers that can be effectively monitored at one time with a single computer will be dependent on available memory and processing resources. However, RadioInspector has been designed with no limits as to the number of receiver connections that can be made. This provides government and law enforcement organizations with the flexibility to use the amount of resources they choose for any level of monitoring complexity.
RadioInspector’s stand-alone I_Remote Check program further
compliments this capability by providing the option to monitor any number of
receivers within the same network simultaneously for signals that break
operator determined thresholds. In this case data is recorded and stored on each local computer. When using the I_Remote check program, the location of each receiver can be displayed on an uploaded floor plan
or geographic map with live, active status icons, audible alarms and individually viewable detected signal
RadioInspector: Automatic IQ Data Recording and Storage
RadioInspector now provides the ability to automatically
record and store IQ data for signals that break an operator determined
threshold, including RadioInspector’s unique, first of its kind dynamic
threshold. Operators can enter a sampling rate (kHz) and
recording length for each detected signal. Stored IQ data files can then be loaded
at any time for post processing and analysis or export as required.
This latest feature adds to RadioInspector’s unique,
multi layered IQ capability which includes the Signal Classification Analysis
and Recognition sub-system (SCARS) and DTEST (Digital Test) program providing advanced, in depth
analysis of streaming IQ data for supported critical digital communication
RadioInspector’s RF analysis and performance measurement
sub-system provides live IQ digital processing for up to 8MHz of selected bandwidth with
phase and amplitude analysis, filtering and decimation and constellation diagram.
IQ data can also be manually recorded during live spectrum scanning
with an operator selected recording length for any chosen signal or bandwidth
(up to the IF bandwidth of the receiver). When a wide bandwidth is recorded,
individual signals or any portion of the recorded IQ data can be isolated and saved
as a new file.
Recorded IQ data files are processed by the sophisticated
stand-alone IQ process program, which was recently enhanced to provide the
ability to process IQ data files of any size and includes a new scatter plot
The ongoing development of RadioInspector’s class leading IQ data recording and analysis provides operators with the ability to utilize current advanced receiver capability but also upcoming improved receiver hardware and computer performance as it is introduced into the market space.
RadioInspector Enhanced Digital
Demodulators and New Tablet Mode Option
Digital Demodulators for Apco25, DMR and TETRA
has enhanced the digital demodulators for Apco25, DMR / MOTOTRBO and TETRA
communication standards, to improve analysis capability during on-site or remote monitoring and spectrum surveillance
Digital Test (DTest) program capabilities provide audio demodulation for
Apco25, DMR and TETRA signals (where encryption is not used). Now a variety of additional information is provided and displayed, where applicable, in
the audio tuner and demodulation window including the date and time, frequency,
communication standard identified, channel number, mobile or base station
identification, condition (presence of audio, open channel, inactive channel,
text / message transmission, private or group call etc.), source and destination identification,
network color code, mobile country code (mcc) and mobile network code (mnc).
can also be programmed to analyze, classify and automatically record audio for
APCO25, DMR and TETRA signals that break an operator determined threshold.
Programmed settings include adjusting the recording quality (sample rates Hz)
and recording duration. The operator can also analyze signals manually by
selecting a signal of interest from the main scanning GUI.
information displayed for each signal in the audio tuner and demodulation
window can be saved and stored to individual files and re-loaded at any
time for display. The information and can also be sent to a Microsoft Word
document for print out and reporting applications.
‘Tablet Mode’ Option.
RadioInspector now includes a new tablet mode setting for use with the RadioInspector RT/RC main scanning and analysis programs as well as the RadioInspector RP post processing and analysis program. The setting enlarges the GUI control buttons for the Geographic Information Support system as well as on the lower settings and analysis control tool bar. The larger buttons and icons provide a more comfortable visual experience and easier operational control when using tablet computers, 2-in-1 systems or laptops with smaller screen sizes.
Tablet or 2-in-1 computer platforms, properly configured for use with selected portable receiver hardware, can be utilized for advanced mobile or 'walk around' RF data collection and analysis, transmitter search and location, in-field interference analysis and for amplitude direction finding capability. Operators can take full advantage of RadioInspector’s advanced features during mobile field operations including performance signal parameter measurements, harmonic and interpolation analysis, discrete frequency inspection capability, digital signal processing, complete IQ capture with post processing and geographic information support system. Spectrum data collected is automatically written to storage and available immediately for post analysis on the tablet computer, if required.
The compact Wi-Fi Inspector receiver module can also be used with a tablet or 2-in-1 computer for a portable hand held Wi-Fi detection, analysis and location system in support of TSCM, cyber security and network analysis applications.
Summer 2017 has been a very busy time and we were pleased to have had RadioInspector demonstrations provided with the Digital FAR System with Partners Acustek Ltd. and S.E.G. Inc., at the NATIA Conference and Exhibition in Tampa, Florida.
The latest RadioInspector software updates provide a range of new advanced features and program enhancements. Many changes have
made to the software programming in support of the new features
during this important update cycle and announcements are now set to begin. Previous new feature additions for 2017 include extended reference trace options, user defined spectrum masks, updated post processing for recorded IQ data files, new advanced geographic information support system utilizing
Open Street Maps with automatic digital map caching for offline use, recording and storage of geospatial data, mobile
route recording and collection point display and automatic frequency correction tables for detected
signals and demodulated frequencies.
RadioInspector is once again being used for educational study at a large cultural
event in the U.S. that attracts tens of thousands of visitors. A monitoring infrastructure has been setup for use with RadioInspector to study wireless patterns, noise and interference during the
event. RadioInspector’s latest software release is being utilized with its leading advanced performance signal parameter measurement, harmonic and intermodulation analysis, live IQ and complete spectrum data recording and post analysis capability.
After months of set up and integration work, an overseas in-place remote spectrum monitoring project with RadioInspector has been completed. The project required monitoring multiple receivers across multiple locations in challenging environments. RadioInspector’s extensive receiver support, live direct control with streaming of all data to remote computers via internal application and simultaneous live monitoring of multiple collection points (receivers), all play key roles in providing highly flexible, advanced capabilities for remote monitoring applications.
are also very pleased to announce a much anticipated Canadian partner agreement
and we welcome the addition of Al Doubrough to our RadioInspector product
development and training team. Al is a highly experienced and respected TSCM
Technologist and RadioInspector software operator. Al's experience
includes more than 27 years with the Ontario Provincial Police where he had
with Technical Support Services as a
Wire Tapper and Electronic Tracking Court Recognized Expert. Al also
worked as an Electronics Engineering Technologist for Transport Canada in
Communications and Navigational Equipment. Waypoint Counter Surveillance has
enjoyed a close working relationship with Al Doubrough on several fronts during
the past 8 years which now extends to our development and training team.
* Waypoint Counter Surveillance provides government and law enforcement organizations world-wide with sophisticated equipment, software and systems for advanced Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), SIGINT, local and remote spectrum monitoring, telecommunications, spectrum management, surveillance and Intelligence applications.
Extended Reference Trace Features
reference trace features have been added to RadioInspector, allowing
operators to merge (combine) multiple previously saved traces by their maximum values, for use as
a single reference trace. Operators can also
display an additional trace (loaded from a previously saved file) which can be
used for visual control when merging multiple traces with the reference trace.
If the frequency band limits or the frequency scan steps in the
loaded or merge trace do not match with the current measurement settings, RadioInspector will interpolate the loaded trace.
The operator can also choose to display the difference trace, which can represent either the current or maximum trace
minus the reference trace. The
operator can display the results as a positive difference or a 2D
difference trace. In addition there is now an option to increase or
decrease the dB level to offset the difference trace for improved visual
The latest extended reference trace features can be used separately with the main spectrum scanning and analysis GUI, advanced RF signal analysis and performance measurement subsystem, or the discrete frequency inspection GUI for increased comparative analysis.
User Defined Spectrum Masks
provides the option to display operator defined spectrum masks, which are overlaid onto the
spectrum scanning GUI. Spectrum mask files can be created as required for individual frequencies or frequency bands, with name and descriptive information and individually or collectively displayed during spectrum scanning and analysis operations. Spectrum masks can also be displayed during post analysis with the
RadioInspector RP post processing program.
Spectrum masks provide a static reference display of predetermined or known frequency spectrum allocations or specific standardized ranges. While this can assist with visual orientation of the spectrum and can help improve overall spectrum awareness, determining with any certainty, whether a signal belongs to a specific standard and is a potential threat, requires proper technical analysis. RadioInspector's extensive list of features including RF signal performance measurement, IQ data and digital signal processing with classification and recognition technology, offers sophisticated and precise signal analysis. The addition of user defined spectrum masks compliments this advanced technical capability.
Note: Digital audio demodulators for DMR, Apco25 and Tetra signals are being finalized and along with audio demodulation and recording, information regarding the address of the receiver, transmitter and service commands will be recorded and displayed in the audio player mode.
Advanced post processing includes performing a digital frequency shift or fine tuning the frequency measurement, digital filtering and re-sampling of source data at a desired frequency rate, decimating original IQ data to a predetermined sampling frequency and applying ‘Windowing’ techniques, providing operators with detailed results for analysis.
* IQ Process is designed as a stand-alone program and does
not require RadioInspector to operate. The program can be downloaded
independently on any computer anywhere in the world, along with saved IQ files
created by any RadioInspector system, for information export and sharing as well
as for additional post analysis.
A similar situation occurs with a frequency receiver, the source of demodulated audio signals. Inaccurate tuning to the frequency of the detected signal (including the frequency shift, relative to the communication standard’s frequency step) leads to deterioration in the quality of signal demodulation.
Occupied Frequency Bandwidth