A System Architecture to Detect and Block Unwanted Wireless Signals in a Classroom

2021

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Conference Proceedings

ABSTRACT

The actual learning process in a school, college or university should take full advantage of the digital transformation. Computers, mobile phones, tablets or other electronic devices can be used in learning environments to improve learning experience and students performance. However, in a university campus, there are some activities where the use of connected devices, might be discouraged or even forbidden. Students should be discouraged to use their own devices in classes where they may become alienated or when their devices may cause any disturbance. Ultimately, their own devices should be forbidden in activities such as closed-book exams. This paper proposes a system architecture to detect or block unwanted wireless signals by students' mobile phones in a classroom. This architecture focuses on specific wireless signals from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces, and it is based on Software-Defined Radio (SDR) modules and a set of antennas with two configuration modes: detection mode and blocking mode. When in the detection mode, the architecture processes signals from the antennas, detects if there is any signal from Wi-Fi or Bluetooth interfaces and infers a position of the unwanted mobile device. In the blocking mode, the architecture generates noise in the same frequency range of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth interfaces, blocking any possible connection. The proposed architecture is designed to be used by professors to detect or block unwanted wireless signals from student devices when supervising closed-book exams, during specific periods of time.

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Title
A System Architecture to Detect and Block Unwanted Wireless Signals in a Classroom
AUTORS
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KEYWORDS
Blocking; Campus; Classroom; Closed-book exam; Detection; Fraud; Software-Defined Radio; Wireless
PUBLICATION TYPE
Conference Proceedings
PUBLICATION YEAR
2021
JOURNAL
(Pages 12:1--12:7, )
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RESEARCH UNITS
KNOWLEDGE AREA
  • Engenharia eletrotécnica, eletrotécnica e informática
  • Telecomunicações
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