Consunet’s objective is to create new, disruptive opportunities for wireless communications and autonomous systems, while protecting existing spectrum asset value.
Since the advent of radio communication, access and usage of the Electromagnetic Spectrum (spectrum) has been carefully managed, using a complex system that hasn’t changed in over 100 years. National licensing bodies – in Australia, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) – allocate slices of spectrum that each licensee controls. High-growth industries, such as space and Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous cars and sensor systems, are creating ever-increasing demand for spectrum, matched by increasing competition and congestion in the spectrum.
Consunet’s Distributed aUtonomous Spectrum managemenT technologies, known as DUST, use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) to deliver highly adaptive spectrum forecasting, planning, and access techniques. DUST addresses inherent inefficiencies and vulnerabilities in today’s outdated Spectrum Management approach.
DUST technology can detect and act on anomalies, for example to neutralise a malicious attempt to disrupt access. Spectrum owners can quickly and securely share previously unused spectrum, minimise spectrum conflict, and coordinate access across large groups of users.
Consunet’s 100-plus cyber and AI specialists have invested thousands of research hours to create game-changing Spectrum Management innovations. Consunet developed DUST as part of a 4-year R&D collaboration with several Australian universities and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), supported by funding from the Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre (TAS-DCRC).
DUST techniques have been developed for dynamic situations where efficient spectrum access is critical to operations, from busy cities to war zones. The technology continuously creates and evolves the customer’s spectrum plans and dynamically coordinates spectrum access across many users and devices, from radar and sensors to communication systems and satellites.