Kingfish

Ground Based Geo-Location (Vehicular)

Low price tag, portable

Review by Jennifer Lynch

Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

The best thing about the Kingfish is its low $32,433 price tag. Although the device will only locate a phone when the phone is on and your target isn’t making a call, it does work with both GSM and CDMA phones and is portable enough to be carried around in a backpack.

Capabilities

- Ground GSM/CDMA stimulation device - Replicates BTS to STIM handset into RF SDCCH allowing for DF - Optional 5 Watt Amp available - Backpack version - Can lock and DF from same unit

Limitations and Planning Factors

- Approx ground distance 200 Meters - Target Handset must be on & not engaged in a call - Cannot DF with Gjallar or Datong system - Locking handset into SDCCH drains battery and raises signal strength - Use of system requires deconfliction w/ other geo elements in AO - Network can identify rogue BTS - Improper use can impact network - Can be used by Helo Assault forces

Vendor

Harris Corporation
Melbourne, Florida-based Harris Corp. makes the most well-known cell-site simulator technology, the Stingray, used in cellphone surveillance by military intelligence and law enforcement. The company’s May 2015 acquisition of Virginia-based Exelis moved it toward domestic government business, according to industry experts. — Margot Williams, The Intercept

Protocols

900Mhz, 1800Mhz, 850Mhz and 1900Mhz and CDMA (multi-protocol and requires antenna)

Approval

Title 10/50

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