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ATIC: Automated Testbed for Interference Testing in Communication Systems



Michelle Pirrone, Keith Forsyth, Jordan Bernhardt, Dan Kuester, Aric Sanders, Duncan McGillivray, Adam Wunderlich


The proliferation of communication devices and systems has led to increasingly complex and dynamic spectral environments. This greatly impacts the operations of a multitude of organizations, including commercial entities, academic and non-commercial scientific research, and military equipment and missions, where devices such as cellular systems, radar, and Wi-Fi may share the same spectrum space. The automated testbed for interference testing in communication systems (ATIC) provides a low-cost, flexible framework to perform repeatable, well-controlled interference susceptibility testing with a wide variety of closed-box communication systems. Examples of closed-box systems that could be evaluated with ATIC include aeronautical mobile telemetry, microwave point-to-point, and WiFi-like systems. Using relatively inexpensive commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components, this testbed provides insight into the resilience of communication systems against external interferers, both friendly and hostile, helping inform decisions on spectrum management and deployment of new technologies. This paper provides a systematic approach to executing interference testing via a simple, streamlined setup with example electronics provided. Additionally, guidelines for testbed validation are demonstrated and open source code is provided for rapid, repeatable implementation.
Proceedings Title
2023 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM)
Conference Dates
October 30-November 3, 2023
Conference Location
Boston, MA, US
Conference Title
MILCOM 2023 - Military Communications Conference


testbed, spectrum sharing, interference susceptibility, automation


Pirrone, M. , Forsyth, K. , Bernhardt, J. , Kuester, D. , Sanders, A. , McGillivray, D. and Wunderlich, A. (2023), ATIC: Automated Testbed for Interference Testing in Communication Systems, 2023 IEEE Military Communications Conference (MILCOM), Boston, MA, US, [online],, (Accessed June 12, 2024)


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Created December 25, 2023, Updated January 2, 2024