iNAC™ Managed Access Solution
Precision Control of Wireless Communications in Secured Areas
The Intelligent Network Access Controller (iNAC™) is a managed access solution that forms a radio frequency umbrella around a precisely defined target area and, through a main cell tower, attracts cellular devices within the outlined range. The iNAC managed access solution provides the system operator with the capability to selectively permit or deny communications from these cellular devices based on a rich policy engine, including identifying which wireless devices are approved and allowing 911 calls from even unauthorized devices. iNAC is the advanced solution to combat the rise of contraband cell phone use inside correctional facilities. This technology does not require changes to existing law in order to be operated and is a superior alternative to cell jammers.
- Assurance that unwanted communications are being disrupted before they can occur
- Avoidance of resource-intensive measures to manually locate and retrieve devices
- Addresses not only cell phones, but subscriber identity module (SIM) cards which store contact lists and account plans, are as small as postage stamps and easily concealable, and can be transferred from one phone to another so that inmates can continue to place calls
- Availability of device and call information for forensic analysis consistent with applicable law
- Secured WiFi and Interoperability for Emergency Communications (P25 support) provide value added features leveraging the Multi-Function iNAC Managed Access infrastructure
- A range of funding options to accelerate deployments and prevent further threat to the community at large
- Intelligent Network Access Controller and Method - US Patent Numbers: 8,254,886, 8,509,740, and 8,437,741
- Multi-Protocol Wireless Operations - US Patent Numbers: 6,912,230, 7,733,901, and EPA 39080 & 42709
Corrections institutions worldwide have been grappling with the pervasive and increasing threat to public security from prison inmates using contraband cell phones behind bars. Tens of thousands of cell phones have been confiscated across the U.S. in the past several years. This number continues to grow by as much as 70 percent annually. Corrections officials and governors have sought help from the federal government in the form of jamming, which continues to be illegal in the U.S. and disrupts necessary communications such as 911 emergency calls.
In deployments and demonstrations in various regions of the U.S., iNAC systems have registered hundreds of call and message attempts per hour. The managed access system denies wireless communications to unauthorized devices while approved devices function as normal.
The iNAC Managed Access System (MAS) (also referred to as Inmate Call Capture system) has received industry support, including backing from the FCC, CTIA, the top four U.S. commercial mobile operators, and other carriers whose networks cover corrections facilities. With this important support, Tecore has been actively working with correctional institutions to plan and deploy managed access systems to fight contraband cell phone use.
- 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
Disadvantages of Alternative Solutions
- Disrupts communication by emitting noise in cellular frequency bands
- Does not differentiate - legitimate and emergency communications also prevented
- Illegal under the Federal Communications Act
- Passively provides location of devices based on emitted radio signal
- Requires personnel to retrieve devices in order to terminate communication
- Transceivers often placed in plain view of inmates, creating a security risk