HawkEye 360 expands signal catalog to address new markets
(24 October 2019 - HawkEye 360) HawkEye 360, the first commercial company to use formation flying satellites to create a new class of radio frequency (RF) data analytics, today announced that the RFGeo product can now map an expanded catalog of signals to address new markets such as border security or anti-poaching efforts.
RFGeo identifies and geolocates RF signals collected by HawkEye 360’s satellite constellation. It is the first commercially available product offering global spectrum awareness across a broad range of radio signals.
(courtesy: HawkEye 360)
“We are excited to introduce an expanded signal catalog to address new markets as we rapidly scale the company after closing our Series B funding,” said Alex Fox, Executive Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, HawkEye 360. “We continue to innovate and rapidly advance our capabilities as the world leader in the emerging space-based RF data and analytics market. These new signals deliver a more comprehensive view of the world to improve the utility of our RF analytics.”
With this update, HawkEye 360 expands beyond VHF and X-band to include the first RFGeo signals in the UHF and L-band frequencies. In the UHF band, RFGeo is now mapping signals for push-to-talk radios commonly used across land. Through mapping these types of radios, HawkEye 360 can help clients uncover anomalous behaviors for applications such as finding cross-border smuggling operations or poaching activities in nature preserves.
“Our homeland security customers need affordable services to monitor and secure the borders,” said Tim Pavlick, Vice President of Product, HawkEye 360. “They need timely insights to identify activity and security threats. For example, there are almost 6,000 miles of land border between the continental United States, Mexico, and Canada. HawkEye 360’s unique data and analytics will help our customers maintain better visibility along this border.”
This RFGeo release includes two additional feature updates:
- VHF 70 Enhanced – Vessels often program a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) code into their digital VHF marine channel 70 broadcasts. HawkEye 360 uses a proprietary process to extract the MMSI identifier, making it possible to match a VHF signal with a specific vessel.
- RFGeo Catalog – Since February, the HawkEye 360 satellites have collected millions of data points. Customers can now place orders to access archived geospatial data. This data set is useful for developing a richer understanding of patterns of life.
The RFGeo product launched commercially in April of this year. In addition to the newly announced signals, RFGeo can independently geolocate marine X-band radar, marine VHF radio channels 16 and 70, EPIRB marine emergency distress beacons, and vessel Automatic Identification System (AIS). HawkEye 360 is continually adding signals to the catalogue to broaden the reach of RF identification across land, sea, and air.
About HawkEye 360
HawkEye 360 is a Radio Frequency (RF) data analytics company. We operate a first-of-its-kind commercial satellite constellation to identify, process, and geolocate a broad set of RF signals. We extract value from this unique data through proprietary algorithms, fusing it with other sources to create powerful analytical products that solve hard challenges for our global customers. Our products include maritime domain awareness and spectrum mapping and monitoring; our customers include a wide range of commercial, government and international entities.