Geolocation serves as a critical parameter that is collected by law enforcement during criminal investigations of suspected wireless users.
But as a network operator’s reach grows regarding the offered scope of services and geographic span, new challenges to the network operator emerge for managing the acquisition and flow of geolocation data.
The challenges are compounded by the need for network operators to conform to evolving lawful requirements in the tracking of suspects, while assuring that geolocation data is collected in a systematic, secure, and highly professional manner acceptable to law enforcement. AQSACOM’s Geolocation Enhanced Solution (AGES) addresses these lawful challenges. The AGES Mediation Platform enables single-point enhanced control of a network operator’s diversity of location servers. This is especially true as wireless carriers evolve their networks from 2G to 3G and ultimately LTE, which often calls for the simultaneous operation of different types of Gateway Mobile Location Centers (GMLCs and related devices), all likely from different vendors.
Active and passive geolocation tracking:
- Active tracking enables direct network interactions among specific network entities, AGES, and the subscriber handset to extract more precise subscriber geolocation data (e.g., A-GPS coordinates);
- Passive tracking interacts with the network and not with the subscriber handset to extract CellID and related location information.
- Consolidation of the Network Operator's data flows arising from a multiplicity of Gateway Mobile Location Centers (GMLCs) and similar devices through a single AGES Mediation server that serves as a single point of delivery of location information products to Law Enforcement.
- Common provisioning of the many location servers or network entities throughout the carrier’s network. Differences in the user interfaces and how the location servers or network entities across vendors are provisioned is transparent to the AGES operator.
- A highly secure means of supplying target information to the location servers, and for obtaining target location from the servers. This contrasts with directly provisioning the location servers, which could expose who the targets are and their locations.
AGES interacts with all major GMLC and similar geolocation server systems on the market, and is compatible with proprietary GMLC protocols as well as with the more established Mobile Location Protocol (MLP).
AGES may be configured as an add-on feature to AQSACOM's ALIS Lawful Interception System. This combination provides the delivery of geolocation data to law enforcement along with the warrant-requested interception products.