From the Security Experts

August 08, 2013

Tecore Networks Plans to Demonstrate its Intelligent Network Access Controller

By SIP Trunking Report Contributor

Tecore Networks, a supplier of 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE mobile network infrastructure, asserted that it is going to demonstrate its Intelligent Network Access Controller (iNAC), at the upcoming American Correctional Association’s 143rd Congress of Correction Conference (ACA).

The conference will be held from August 11-13, 2013, at the Gaylord National Convention Center in Oxen Hill, MD, and will supposedly feature discussion organized by Tecore over its iNAC technology solution’s capability to cater to users’ requirements.

According to Tecore, the Intelligent Network Access Controller (iNAC) forms a radio frequency umbrella around a precisely defined target area and attracts cellular devices within range. It is defined as a managed access solution that equips system operator with the capability to selectively permit or deny communications from these cellular devices based on a rich policy engine, including allowing 911 calls from even unauthorized devices. Users need not tweak or alter existing laws to operate iNAC.

Kenneth North, vice president of government services at Tecore Networks, commented, “The iNAC Managed Access Solution has received significant positive attention from its successes in Mississippi and Maryland as the most cost effective solution to combat the cellular contraband epidemic. Recognizing the serious threat posed to our country’s correctional institutions, the FCC has recently announced an NPRN proposed rulemaking that will better enable correctional facilities to deploy 'Managed Access' solutions to prevent the use of contraband cell phones.”

Institutions like correctional facilities and government and military agencies are facing security issues because of the increase in the use of contraband cell phones and unauthorized access. Though authorities have contemplated the idea of using jamming systems, they pose one major disadvantage – jamming also disrupts 911 emergency calls.

Tecore claimed that managed access technology which powers its iNAC has more advantages than cell detection and jamming techniques and some of the advantages iNAC include: disrupts unwanted communications before they can occur; allows authorized and emergency calls; operates within bounds of existing laws; does not require personnel to retrieve devices to terminate communication; addresses not only cell phones, but SIM cards as well; device and call information is available for forensic analysis; system has few physical points of presence, isolated from security risks; and more.

Edited by Ryan Sartor