Real-Time Passive Capturing of the GSM Radio

Alyafawi, Islam Fayez Abd; Dimitrova, Desislava Cvetanova; Braun, Torsten (10 June 2014). Real-Time Passive Capturing of the GSM Radio. In: IEEE ICC 2014 - Signal Processing for Communications Symposium (pp. 4401-4406). IEEE 10.1109/ICC.2014.6884013

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This paper addresses the problem of service development based on GSM handset signaling. The aim is to achieve this goal without the participation of the users, which requires the use of a passive GSM receiver on the uplink. Since no tool for GSM uplink capturing was available, we developed a new method that can synchronize to multiple mobile devices by simply overhearing traffic between them and the network. Our work includes the implementation of modules for signal recovery, message reconstruction and parsing. The method has been validated against a benchmark solution on GSM downlink and independently evaluated on uplink channels. Initial evaluations show up to 99% success rate in message decoding, which is a very promising result. Moreover, we conducted measurements that reveal insights on the impact of signal power on the capturing performance and investigate possible reactive measures.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Division/Institute: 08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF) > Communication and Distributed Systems (CDS)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Computer Science (INF)
UniBE Contributor: Alyafawi, Islam Fayez Abd; Dimitrova, Desislava Cvetanova and Braun, Torsten
Subjects: 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Publisher: IEEE
Language: English
Submitter: Jonnahtan Eduardo Saltarin de Arco
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2014 11:18
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2015 17:45
Publisher DOI: 10.1109/ICC.2014.6884013
BORIS DOI: 10.7892/boris.40204
URI: http://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/40204

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