Fremont, CA – Mexico’s Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) has signed an agreement with TCI to supply 20 mobile stations and a control station in order to expand and strengthen its spectrum monitoring system. The contract will equip a fleet including both ITU-type III vehicles (vans) and ITU-type I vehicles (SUV covert operations).
Seventeen ITU-type III Ford Transit vans will receive the TCI Model 737, the highest-performance member of TCI’s 700 series of spectrum monitoring systems. These will cover a range of 9 kHz to 26 GHz for monitoring and 20 MHz to 3 GHz for DF. Each van will have two independent dual-channel receivers with TCI 5095 processors, and will carry TCI Model 641H antennas optimized with a dual polarized monitoring antenna; and directional and omnidirectional monitoring antennas for frequencies up to 26 GHz.
Three ITU-type I Jeep Cherokee vehicles will be equipped with TCI Model 735 systems with monitoring and DF capabilities extending from 20 MHz to 8 GHz. The dual-channel systems employ single TCI 5093 processors and will be linked to TCI Model 645-8 wide-frequency range antennas for monitoring and DF.
Both types of vehicles will link to a control station via a cellular network. Handheld spectrum analyzers with portable antennas will also be provided to monitor from 9 kHz to 6 GHz. TCI’s state-of-the-art Scorpio™ signal analysis software will perform complex analytics on digitally modulated signals, as well as Field Strength Mapping, Alarms and Realtime DF.
As part of this contract, TCI’s responsibilities will also include modifying the vehicles in Mexico, training 60 to 80 technical personnel within the country and providing ongoing support under a multiyear maintenance contract.
TCI International, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of SPX Corporation. TCI provides spectrum monitoring, direction finding and signals intelligence solutions to civilian, government and military agencies, as well as antennas for communications and high-power radio broadcasting. TCI is headquartered in Fremont, California. For more information, visit www.tcibr.com.