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Electricity almost everywhere, thanks to a hook

novembre 16, 2010 Technology No Commenti

The cables that carry electricity reach almost everywhere, to bring power in our homes and our offices. But for those who are engaged in war zones, having access to power lines can often be life saving.

For example, American soldiers deployed in mountainous or desert areas, such as Iraq or Afghanistan, may face serious problems if their supply of electronic devices (laptops, navigation systems and various sensors) should end up with dead batteries and no chance to attach them to an electrical outlet for recharging.

To provide power in such situations, an engineer from an USAF research laboratory in Dayton, Ohio has created RAPS (Remote Auxiliary Power System), a device consisting essentially of a hook, a small blade and a cable.

When you are near a power line that carries electricity from one town to another, or from the power line to a home, those who use the RAPS will only have to place the hook on the cable. The small blade contained in it makes a small cut in the sheath that covers the cable, and a conductive surface on the inside of the hook comes in contact with the bare cable, thus harnessing electricity.

The energy is then sent through another shielded cable, directly to a transformer that converts AC power into DC, using it to recharge the batteries of any device that is connected to it.

The RAPS was also tested for use in bad weather, when rain makes the cables wet, and hooking to a high voltage cable may not sound like a great idea after all. Even in such occasions, the soldiers will be able to supply energy to their tools, to stay in communication with fellow soldiers and to help protect themselves from the dangers of war.

A Bluetooth headset or a bug?

novembre 16, 2010 Technology No Commenti

When, some years ago, the first Bluetooth headsets were starting to be used to talk through our mobile phone without removing it from our pocket, those who used them were often looked at in a strange or suspicious way, because they seemed to be talking to themselves in the middle of the road.

Nowadays, the use of this accessory for our phones is so widespread that a person who seemingly talks to no one in the street is no longer a surprise, nor does the headset raise any suspicion, even when it is worn without using to talk on the phone.

By exploiting this attitude towards our mobile phones’ accessories, audio surveillance industry has seen fit to use the Bluetooth headset as an ideal vehicle for discreet collection of confidential information and police intelligence.

In fact, no one would suspect that what looks like a normal headset conceals a bug, which in turn contains a tiny radio transmitter. Thanks to these features, the headset is used as a sort of radio antenna to pick up the conversations around it and transmit them to a listener stationed at a safe distance.
In addition, the Bluetooth bug intercepts transmissions that take place in the same way, so if someone uses the same type of headset to talk on the phone, you can secretly listen to conversations and transmit them remotely.
In this way, the information discussed during an important business meeting may be sent to the outside world, and using the headset in a hidden way (for example by keeping it in the pocket of your jacket, where it will seem to be switched off), no one will realize that they are being intercepted.

For more information on how to use the Bluetooth headset and other devices for audio surveillance, you can visit the Endoacustica website to find the right item that suits your needs in this particular field.

A memory 100,000 times faster than any hard disk

novembre 16, 2010 Technology No Commenti

If when you turn on your computer, the waiting time for it to boot seems longer every day, just wait a bit more: only 5 or 7 years, and your patience may be rewarded with computers that will be ready in literally an instant.

In fact, at IBM, in cooperation with the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, researchers are working to develop the so-called Racetrack Memory, a revolutionary data storage system that, in addition to being resistant to shock, will be up to 100,000 times faster than current hard disks, while consuming 300 times less energy.

This is achieved thanks to nanotechnology. The Racetrack Memory stores data in magnetic form, in a manner similar to that of old video cassettes, but instead of a moving magnetic tape, data is saved on the very small, and immovable, nanowires. The information is saved on these wires using the electrons’ spin instead of an electronic charge, and can travel up to several hundreds of meters per second.

According to EPFL, in one of these nanowires it will be possible to save the entire contents of a videotape and read it in less than a second. If you think that on a single chip you can place millions or billions of thin wires, you have an idea of how much data we’re talking about, and of the speed of access to that data.

Thanks to this technology it will be possible (at last!) to turn on your computer instantly, and access data contained in it in an infinitely faster way than with current hard drives. Also, because unlike conventional hard disks, the Racetrack Memory does not have moving parts, you can rewrite it endless times, all with an energy consumption which is several hundred times lower.

There are still many obstacles to overcome before commercialization, but for those used to waiting for their computers to boot, a few years are nothing…

Marital infidelity? The solution is a spy phone

novembre 16, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Many of us, at least once in their life, happened to have doubts about the loyalty of their partner, due to strange behavior, suspicious absences, unexpected delays and the like. In many cases, fortunately, a simple talk with your husband or wife may easily chase away these doubts and make you realize that there is nothing to worry about.

Unfortunately, this is not always possible, and in many cases, to make sure whether the person you live with has something to hide or not, you have to resort to other methods, less direct, more subtly invasive but certainly able to provide unequivocal results.

For example you can hire a private detective, but this option, apart from being expensive, may not always bring good results, especially if the person being monitored uses a certain level of caution when moving. To achieve rapid and undeniable results and expose infidelity, you should always be next to your spouse, in an invisible way. Impossible… or not?

If you are equipped with the right technology, you can follow a person anywhere, anytime, simply and effectively. For example, by using a spy phone you can monitor their calls, listen to them in real time or recorded, read all SMS messages both incoming and outgoing, collect real-time geographic coordinates, and also listen to the conversations taking place around the phone, while it is not engaged in a phone call or even while it is switched off!

All this thanks to a completely invisible software that, once installed on the phone of your subject, will allow you to take control remotely, without the user being aware of what is going on. You can also set the operating parameters from a distance, through a simple SMS which will be intercepted by the spy software and processed as an instruction operation without being displayed on screen.

To find out how to do all this and more with your Spy Phone, you can visit the Endoacustica website and consult our experts.

A sensor can sniff explosives better than any dog

novembre 16, 2010 Technology No Commenti

The recent discovery of explosives on board cargo planes, hidden in shipments originating from Yemen, has once again stressed the need to find a fast and accurate method to detect the presence of professional or homemade bombs on planes and not only.

Currently, this task is entrusted to the highly sensitive sense of smell of dogs, which can detect the presence of drugs or explosives, even if hidden or masked by other odors in the environment. Unfortunately, finding the right dog is not always easy, and the training program can be very expensive.

To provide a reliable and accurate alternative to the nose of a dog, a team of scientists from Tel Aviv University has developed an anti explosive sensor, according to its creators, is more sensitive and more reliable than any sniffer dog.

This sensor is able to detect the presence of several types of explosives, not least TNT, which is currently being searched by using expensive equipment, bulky and which requires a long time and the presence of an expert to provide the results of its job.
With the creation of such a handy tool, with a limited cost and that provides reliable and immediate results, the process of security checks at airports, ports and shipping hubs, for passengers, luggage and goods, would greatly speed up and achieve an improved efficiency, with obvious benefits for safety of flights and of air, land and naval transport.

The device consists of silicon nanowires which are grouped together to form a nanotransistor. Bringing together more than 200 of these sensors, it is therefore possible to analyze and detect the presence of a wide range of explosives and chemicals, even at a distance of several meters, which allows the sensor to be used to analyze multiple elements at the same time, with a zero error margin.

Virtual infidelity may cause annulment of marriage

novembre 15, 2010 Technology No Commenti

A ruling of the Italian Supreme Court has recently generated widespread discussion, and it could not have been otherwise because it is a unique case: according to the Court, if a spouse theorizes marital infidelity, the marriage can be annulled.

The civil court follows in the path of the Ecclesiastical Court, which established a sort of “trial on intention” of marital infidelity. In practice, both according to the Vatican Court and the civil court which followed its indications, if one of the spouses says that he or she is going to see marriage as a so-called “open relationship“, the marriage is void, even if infidelity is not actually carried out.
In fact, open couple affects the relationship of trust and mutual exclusivity which is at the foundation of marriage, which can therefore be declared invalid.

This ruling has raised eyebrows abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, where all “unusual” news from Italy often receive in-depth coverage from the media.
Of course, also in Italy the decision of the Court has given rise to discussion. In Italy, in fact, according to the laws concerning marriage and infidelity, cheating on your spouse can be sanctioned, and lead to dissolution of the marriage bond, only if it actually takes place, not only in the presence of a “declaration of intent” to do so.

In short, infidelity is to be the cause and not the consequence of the marital crisis. It is precisely for this reason that it is difficult to prove that a marriage crisis starts after a betrayal and not before, and therefore more than half of actually consumed betrayals are not sanctioned by the court.

Obviously, if in the United Kingdom it is difficult to understand the fact that a secular court follows the instructions of an ecclesiastical authority, it should all be seen through the eyes of a country (Italy), where Catholic morality is deeply rooted, and the Vatican, while in theory has no power over the Italian State, is still able to interfere in its political life.

Hidden microphones for discreet listening

novembre 10, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Audio surveillance has taken giant leaps forward over the past decades, for example, with the introduction of GSM bugs, which can transmit their intelligence at an unlimited distance thanks to the built-in SIM card that allows, with a simple phone call, to listen in real time to conversations that take place even on the other side of the world.

However, the heart of an operation covert listening is made up of miniature microphones which, at least in appearance, have not changed too much if compared to what we were used to see in old spy movies taking place in countries and times beyond the Iron Curtain.

Obviously, with technological advancement, the characteristics of modern surveillance microphones have dramatically changed for the better now, because we have microphones that are increasingly smaller but much more powerful, able to capture sounds from a distance of a few tens of meters, equipped with noise filters that allow you to cut off background noise, so you can hear very clearly what really a surveillance operation is all about: the human voice.

There are several types of microphones, coming in small size comparable to a cigarette butt, capable of operating in different environmental conditions, and of transmitting their intelligence via radio over a wide frequency range, between 20 and 16000 Hz.
Every police operation or private investigation which requires the use of miniature microphones, has different characteristics and therefore needs a specific type of equipment and microphone.

To guide you in choosing the right hidden microphones to suit your needs, it is important to contact an expert, therefore we recommend that you visit the Endoacustica website, where you will find answers to all your questions in this particular field.

A flying camera to create your personal maps

novembre 10, 2010 Technology No Commenti

The latest tool for aerial surveillance over limited areas, for traffic control and a host of other applications, comes from Switzerland, where SenseFly have just launched their Swinglet CAM, a small drone that can take off autonomously, follow a predetermined route through a GPS positioning system, and return to the ground automatically.

Swinglet Cam, which of course can also operate via a remote controller from the ground, during its flight can take pictures and movies in high definition, which can be used for a wide range of applications; for example, with this camera you can monitor traffic in the neighborhood, keep eyes on grazing cattle on the fields, or even create a photographic map of the area.

Obviously then, this flying camera may prove useful for air surveillance operations, as it is ideal for monitoring movements within a relatively limited area. Its operating range in pre-programmed mode is approximately 20 km, with a flight time of about 30 minutes and a top speed of 50 kilometers per hour.

Its flight path can be programmed by entering up to 20 GPS coordinates. As long as the Swinglet is at a distance of less than 2 km from the remote control, you can change these details at any time.
The equipment on board the Swinglet includes an integrated 12 megapixel camera, a radio modem for transmission, and of course a battery pack with its charger. By installing its proprietary software on your computer you can control the drone from the ground, but there is also a version which comes with a rugged ground station used as a remote control.

The price has not been disclosed yet (probably because it will not exactly come cheap), but those interested can contact SenseFly for a quotation request.

The listening bug that hides in a computer mouse

novembre 9, 2010 Technology No Commenti

When we need to hide something, we often go crazy trying to find a place to hide it where no one can discover it. Sometimes, however, one tends to forget that often the best way to hide something is to put it in full view, right there before those who might be looking for it.

This is especially true in the surveillance field, and there are many environmental bugs concealed in everyday objects, where no one would ever think that a threat might be hiding. For example, thanks to the increasing miniaturization of surveillance technology, a hidden microphone can be contained inside a pen, a desk calculator, or even a belt buckle.

There is a particular model that is contained inside a computer mouse. At first glance it looks like a normal mouse, and indeed it is fully functional, but the secret is on the inside, where along with a sensitive microphone that allows you to intercept conversations inside a room or an office, it contains a SIM card, just like the one of your phone, which is used to send any intelligence and information that it picks up, to a remote listener who can be literally anywhere.

With its voice activation sensor, as soon as a sound is detected, the bug is automatically activated and starts its transmission towards a preset phone number. Moreover, this number can remotely set the operating parameters of the GSM bug, simply by sending an SMS, which is processed as an operation command.
The automatic activation can also happen when the mouse moves, which could signal the fact that the person under surveillance just reached his or her office.

If you want more information about how the Spy Mouse works, we recommend that you visit the Endoacustica website, and contact us for a personal consultation regarding remote monitoring options.

A perfect wireless signal even in remote areas

novembre 9, 2010 Technology No Commenti

Anyone who found themselves away from the nearest sign of civilization, for example in the mountains or on a remote island in the middle of the ocean, knows perfectly that even trying to use a mobile phone could be a major problem because of lack of network signal. Just imagine how one could ever think of connecting to a wireless network.

To solve this problem, and ensure wireless coverage even in the remotest corners of our planet, Fujitsu unveiled its GaN-HEMT project, a new power amplifier that has reached a record level of output for wireless radio and telecommunications.

Thanks to this wireless amplifier it will be possible to multiply the power of a wireless communications system up to six times the current level, managing to bring the wireless signal in areas that are currently cut off from the network because it would be impossible to lay down optic fiber cables.

The GaN HEMT (Gallium Nitride High Electron Mobility Transistor) system is able to provide a transmission speed of about 10 Gbps, a speed at the same level of the best optical fiber networks.

So far, laboratory tests at Fujitsu have succeeded in developing a power of 350 milliwatts using amplifiers of this kind, operating on the C and Ku bands which, unlike W-band millimeter-wave transmissions, do not suffer significant loss of power caused by weather, for example during a tropical storm that could greatly reduce the signal strength on a remote island.

In the coming months, the engineers at Fujitsu will work to improve the signal strength and stability, using this technology to create trunk lines that would carry high-speed wireless signal to provide an access without geographical limits.


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