Stingray I/II

Ground Based Geo-Location (Vehicular)

Ensnares bystanders, drains batteries, blocks calls

Review by Nathan Wessler

Staff Attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

This dragnet surveillance workhorse has been deployed for years by numerous local law enforcement agencies across the United States. Don’t worry about the six-figure price tag: A federal grant will cover that. Upside: fierce name. Downsides: ensnares bystanders’ phones within up to 200 meters, drains phones’ batteries by forcing them to broadcast at full power for greater surveillance potential, and can block calls placed by nearby phones. But don’t worry too much: Ready-made non-disclosure agreements from the FBI and Harris Corp. will provide a pretext for concealing these features from the public. If you like the Stingray, you’ll love Harris Corp.’s next-generation Hailstorm, a must-have for cracking the 4G LTE network.

Capabilities

- Ground GSM/CDMA stimulation device - Replicates BTS to STIM handset into RF SDCCH allowing for DF - Passive and active modes of operation - Optional 5 Watt Amp available

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

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

Cost: $134,952.00

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