Critical infrastructure: Off the web, out of danger?

Critical infrastructure: Off the web, out of danger?

Full Spectrum's CEO Stewart Kantor shares insight with Taylor Armerding of CSO Online regarding the current cyber threat to our nation's critical infrastructure and best practices being taken by utilities, including the creation of the new IEEE 802.16s which addresses network security and shifts utility operations to secure, physically and digitally separated networks.

Full Spectrum’s Patented Wireless Technology Presents Low Cost Virtual Fence Option for U.S. Government

Full Spectrum’s Patented Wireless Technology Presents Low Cost Virtual Fence Option for U.S. Government

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 01, 2017 - Full Spectrum Inc., a leading supplier of private broadband cellular data networks for critical infrastructure and defense applications, today introduced its next generation wireless technology for wide area data communications including state-of-the-art virtual fence applications.

Previous projects, such as the SBInet virtual fence commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security in 2006, were scrapped after failing to meet minimum objectives both in area coverage and with substantial cost overruns after $1 billion was spent covering only 59 miles of the 2,000 mile U.S.-Mexico border.  However, new industrial wireless and sensor technologies, fueled by the industrial internet of things (IoT), are now capable of meeting the coverage, latency and security needs that could not be attained by technologies used for previous defense projects.

Full Spectrum’s software defined radio (SDR) technology for private wireless data networks provides expanded network coverage and secure, faster data communications all at a fraction of the cost of previous network deployment projects. The Company’s SDR technology was designed to support the wide area data communications needs for critical infrastructure applications, including cybersecurity requirements for mission critical electric grids.  Full Spectrum’s technology is directly transferable to the defense and security industries with its ability to create cost-effective virtual monitoring and security along the nation’s borders including land, air and sea. 

Full Spectrum estimates that its wireless base station technology can create coverage along the entire U.S.-Mexico border for less than $10,000 per mile, which is roughly one-tenth of one percent of the $12.5 million per mile estimate for the physical wall. Based on Company estimates, the wireless technology, which leverages the existing tower and backhaul infrastructure installed along the border, could be deployed and operating within 12 months of project authorization. This would effectively provide an additional layer of security before, during and after physical border completion.  In addition, the Company’s remote radios could be installed virtually anywhere within a 30-mile range of the border to create a secure, internet of things for digital security devices including drones, video cameras, thermal imaging devices and low cost sensor networks.

“The renewed discussion related to border security has significantly increased the market opportunity for our technology, one that is capable of establishing a virtual digital fence at a fraction of the cost of previous wireless technologies,” said Stewart Kantor, CEO of Full Spectrum. “Full Spectrum’s technology is designed to provide the wide area ubiquitous coverage needed for various security applications while providing a high level of efficiency and interconnectivity.” 

Kantor further stressed, “As the federal government explores options to secure the border, we certainly look forward to the opportunity of presenting our solution to quickly increase security while easing the burden on U.S. taxpayers.”

The Company expects that the new demands for homeland security will help foster new relationships between the federal government and Silicon Valley technology companies.

About Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, sells and supports FullMAX, its multi-patented, Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology.  Utility companies purchase and deploy FullMAX networks in order to create private broadband cellular networks to support their wide area data communications needs.  FullMAX technology supports IEEE 802.16s, the new worldwide standard for wide area private wireless networks.

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Full Spectrum Inc.
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Oil & Gas Technology Trends for 2017

Oil & Gas Technology Trends for 2017

Downstream Today syndicated the article from Rigzone where Full Spectrum's CEO, Stewart Kantor, shares insight on 2017 technology trends for the oil & gas industry, including the increased use of IoT automation and the shift to more reliable & secure data communications. 

Renewable Energy Driving the Smarter Electric Grid

Renewable Energy Driving the Smarter Electric Grid

Full Spectrum's CEO Stewart Kantor shares insight with Remote Site & Equipment Management magazine on how the advancement and continual incorporation of renewable energy is pushing us to introduce 'smart grid' automation into the power grid. Published in the winter print and digital issues.

Is critical infrastructure the next DDoS target?

Is critical infrastructure the next DDoS target?

Full Spectrum's CEO Stewart Kantor shares insight with CSO on how critical structure is initiating automation through the use of IP-based communication over public cellular data networks to IoT smart devices and the need for utilities to take cyber threats and vulnerabilities to these networks seriously.

Great River Energy Fosters Secure, Smart Grid With Full Spectrum

Great River Energy Fosters Secure, Smart Grid With Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum's CEO Stewart Kantor shares insight with IoT Journal on how the company's FullMAX technology was selected by utility customer Great River Energy and how the company helped to build a more secure network for the utility over a private IoT.

Making Solar Inverters Smarter

Making Solar Inverters Smarter

Full Spectrum's CEO Stewart Kantor shares insight with Energy Manager Today on the challenges presented to facility managers with the introduction of renewable energy into the grid and how the emergence of 'smart inverters' helps to address cost and reliability concerns.

Public vs. Private Networks For Smart Grid

Public vs. Private Networks For Smart Grid

Full Spectrum's CEO Stewart Kantor and client Jim Jones Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Great River Energy share insight with Metering & Smart Energy International on the benefits of using private networks over public networks for utility data communications and building a smart grid.

Silicon Valley Tech Companies Vote Along Policy Lines

Silicon Valley Tech Companies Vote Along Policy Lines

Full Spectrum's CEO, Stewart Kantor, shares insight with NBC News on why tech companies are keen on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and the concern that the nation's new president will need to face the challenge of modernizing and automating the U.S. power grid. 

Full Spectrum Stresses Importance of Private Wireless Data Networks for Cybersecurity

Full Spectrum Stresses Importance of Private Wireless Data Networks for Cybersecurity

SUNNYVALE, California - Oct. 19, 2016 - Full Spectrum Inc., a leading supplier of private cellular data networks for utilities and other mission critical industries, today emphasized the increased importance of private wireless networks for utility providers defending against cyber attacks that could stall their operations and potentially bring down portions of the U.S. electrical grid.

The U.S. electrical grid today consists of approximately 55,000 transmission substations, 642,000 miles of high-voltage lines and 6.3 million miles of distribution lines.  The grid is now undergoing a revolution due to the introduction of distributed energy resources including solar and wind. In order to gain control of these new resources and maintain the supply and demand of electricity, utilities need to radically increase the number of control points in the grid through the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technology while minimizing security vulnerabilities presented by automation and interconnectivity.

According to experts at Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute, the U.S. electric grid is destined to become one of the largest and most complex cyber-physical systems in the world. Caltech goes on to highlight that this transformation presents both risks and opportunities to improve energy efficiency and robustness in the grid but also makes the system vulnerable to hacker infiltration and cyber attacks. Furthermore, recent network hacks such as the attacks on the Ukrainian power grid and the Bowman Avenue Dam in New York, where hackers entered and took control of key management systems, highlight the need for increased security and protection beyond standard firewall security measures, which have been proven to be less effective.

Utilities are unable to rely on public wireless networks for data communications due to security and reliability vulnerabilities. Full Spectrum’s FullMAX technology allows the utility to create a completely private internet to manage millions of assets without ever connecting to the public internet. The creation of a fully private network using licensed spectrum, exclusive to the utility, eliminates contact with public networks and allows non-routable IP addressing with closed loop monitoring and control. Furthermore, the utility is able to control system up-time, the mean time to repair (MTR) and user access; factors that are beyond their control in a public network. 

Utility and engineering associations such as the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) along with industry leading utilities including Great River Energy, Pepco, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Idaho Power, among others, are supporting a new worldwide IEEE standard known as 802.16s, which supports the use of private networks over licensed spectrum for operational reliability and security. Full Spectrum has taken a leadership role in this standardization process including contribution of key intellectual property based on its patented FullMAX technology.

“It is absolutely crucial that both utility providers and consumers alike understand the potential for cyber attacks that target our nation’s critical infrastructure, thus endangering the grid and jeopardizing the daily routine for the overwhelming number of Americans who require ‘perfect power’ from utilities to meet their electricity needs,” said Stewart Kantor, CEO of Full Spectrum Inc. “We believe our FullMAX network technology represents a key technological innovation for electric utilities seeking to own and operate a private, broadband wireless data network that enables them to maintain mission critical communications during a cyber attack.”

About Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, sells and supports FullMAX, its multi-patented, Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology.  Utility companies purchase and deploy FullMAX networks in order to create private broadband cellular networks to support their wide area data communications needs.

Directive Seeks to Coordinate Response to Oil, Gas Cyberattacks

Directive Seeks to Coordinate Response to Oil, Gas Cyberattacks

Full Spectrum's CEO, Stewart Kantor, shares insight with Rizone on how the new Presidential Policy Directive 41 (PPD 41), which establishes guidelines for how the U.S. government will respond to cyberattacks launched against public and private sectors, will impact the oil & gas industry.

Full Spectrum to Supply Next Generation Private Broadband Cellular Network to Minnesota-based Great River Energy

Full Spectrum to Supply Next Generation Private Broadband Cellular Network to Minnesota-based Great River Energy

Great River Energy to deploy Full Spectrum’s FullMAX Wireless Technology to cover 70 percent of Minnesota’s geographical area.

Sunnyvale, California – June 22, 2016 – Full Spectrum Inc., a leading supplier of private broadband cellular data networks to utilities, announced today that Great River Energy selected the Company’s FullMAX Wireless Technology for its next generation mission critical wireless data network.

Headquartered in Maple Grove, Minnesota, Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative providing wholesale power to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and into Wisconsin. Great River Energy’s member cooperatives distribute that electricity to families, farms and businesses serving almost 1.7 million people.

Great River Energy’s decision to deploy a private broadband cellular network is based on its ongoing need for highly reliable and secure data communications to its substations and other mission critical assets. Great River Energy selected FullMAX after rigorous lab and field trials throughout 2015.


“We chose Full Spectrum for a variety of reasons,” stated Jim Jones, Great River Energy’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology. “The FullMAX radio platform meets our current needs with the added benefit of increased capacity for future growth, including support for the management and control of distribution automation applications and distributed energy resources like solar and wind. Also, of critical importance to us is the new IEEE 802.16s standard that we believe will increase the adoption of private cellular networks within the industry and enhance efficiency for data communications.”


“We are delighted to have been selected by Great River Energy as partners in the deployment of their next generation private cellular network,” stated Full Spectrum’s Robert Burchard. “Great River Energy is well respected within the utility industry for embracing best practices and leveraging technology to ensure the delivery of highly reliable electricity service to its customers. We look forward to working with Great River Energy in developing and deploying new products based on FullMAX technology which supports their requirements for reliable, secure network connectivity throughout the transmission and distribution network.” 

About Full Spectrum
Full Spectrum Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, sells and supports FullMAX, its multi-patented, Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology.  Utility companies purchase and deploy FullMAX networks in order to create private broadband cellular networks to support their wide area data communications needs.