Hensoldt SA selected to deliver spectrum management system


Hensoldt South Africa will be providing a nationwide spectrum management system to Saudi Arabia’s Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC).

Hensoldt announced it is in the process of delivering the system, consisting of mobile, transportable and fixed monitoring stations, as well as regional and national control centres.

“The further delivery of a new spectrum management system will establish a robust and modern regulatory environment, enabling the regulator to effectively manage this valuable resource,” the company said.

Hensoldt South Africa is delivering a bespoke version of its GEW SkyManager solution, which it describes as an advanced software ecosystem for strategic spectrum management. The management system’s machine learning technology draws intelligence from the big data produced by the monitoring system, transforming the infinite mass of data into actionable intelligence, it explained.

“This empowers the regulator to rapidly act on current spectrum demand and proactively anticipate future needs. The system’s smart processing guides operators through complex processes and automates day-to-day spectrum management activities such as spectrum licence management, type approval, occupancy analysis, frequency allocation management and fee-calculations. This creates a user-friendly experience for system operators and their licence users, while reducing unnecessary risk or delays in the licencing process and ensuring excellent data integrity. With the Kingdom’s vision of being among the top 20 ICT nations by 2030, the system’s highly scalable architecture comes as a further essential benefit, as it is an adaptive regulatory mechanism that can evolve within a fast-growing industry,” Hensoldt South Africa said.

“Rapidly growing economies such as those in the Middle East, with emerging smart cities and digital societies, depend heavily on the electromagnetic spectrum as people, devices, homes, equipment, transportation and other technologies become more interconnected. Because of this, the electromagnetic spectrum is considered a critical resource and a national asset for technological advancement and economic growth, which is why government regulatory bodies are focusing on monitoring and managing this resource to maximise its benefit and prevent misuse and pollution of the spectrum. The scale of the spectrum management sphere has become so vast and complex, that smart technologies and services have become a critical tool for regulators.”

Hennie Venter, Chief Executive of Hensoldt South Africa’s GEW Business Unit, said “These projects proudly build on a history of more than two decades as a reputable supplier to our clients in the Middle East. We have delivered a range of solutions to the Kingdom and are trusted for in-country support and maintenance.”

Hensoldt South Africa has supplied spectrum monitoring systems to entities like South Africa’s ICASA regulator. Its first spectrum monitoring systems were delivered in the 1990s to ICASA predecessor South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (SATRA). Spectrum monitoring equipment can be mounted in vehicles or installed in fixed locations.

Hensoldt SA’s GEW business unit specialises in communication monitoring, direction finding, electronic countermeasures/warfare, electromagnetic spectrum management and security systems (the latter incorporating surveillance and monitoring products). Since the 1960s GEW has been involved in providing electronic support, electronic attack and electronic warfare solutions.

A spinoff from the land-based electronic warfare side is communications jamming technology, particularly Remote Controlled Improvised Explosive Device (RCIED) jammers, with a lot of jammers used in Africa and the Middle East. The company’s jamming systems are used to protect fixed targets, convoys, individual vehicles and foot patrols (manpack system) against remotely controlled improvised explosive devices (RCIEDs) and other threats, such as the roadside bombs.

Earlier this month Hensoldt South Africa unveiled two new jammers at the AOC Europe event in the United Kingdom, with its GRJ8500 and GRJ6000 jammers covering the V/U/SHF and HF frequencies.

Hensoldt South Africa is also active in the fields of airspace surveillance, and security systems, particularly perimeter and border fencing systems with integrated alerting systems to localise a breach. Such systems have been successfully used to counter wildlife poaching.

Hensoldt South Africa is increasing its involvement in the radar, data link, identification friend or foe (IFF), customer services and business development fields, amongst many others, and this has been helped by the recent acquisition of Tellumat’s air traffic management and defence business units, which form part of the company’s new Radar Business Unit. This offers 3D radar, synthetic aperture radar, radar for counter-UAV operations and passive radar.