A 32000 dollar pocket-sized chemicals detector

ottobre 3, 2010 Technology No Commenti

The Massachusetts-based Thermo Scientific has just launched its RMX, a portable device that, with a weight just over 900 grams, can save lives and limit the damage connected to a terrorist attack carried out with chemical weapons.

In fact, First Defender RMX, as it is called, is a substance detector, which can indicate the presence, in the air around him, not only of harmful chemicals, such as nerve gas, anthrax and other substances generally associated with terrorist threats, but also explosives and narcotics.

Equipped with a flexible tube hose connected to a sort of handheld computer, First Defender works by pointing the end of the tube (with its sensors) on the object to be analyzed. No need to destroy or alter the sample, First Defender will determine in a few seconds if the material is hazardous.

Designed for use by armed forces, security services, military personnel or for forensic investigations, First Defender displays the results of its work directly on its screen, and with its intuitive interface it is very easy to use, so the person who runs it will not need any particular training.

Operating at temperatures between minus 20 degrees to 40 above zero, it can then be used in a wide variety of environments (even though in the Iraqi desert in summer, 40 degrees means that you are having a cool day). According to its manufacturer, First Defender is also suitable for use by private citizens, even though it is not clear how useful it can really be. Moreover, we are talking about individuals with large financial resources, since the cost of $ 32,000 does not make it exactly affordable for all budgets.

A flying Humvee? Look up, soon you might see one

ottobre 3, 2010 Technology No Commenti

… Or at least, if you happen to live in Iraq or Afghanistan, one day, over your head, you might really see a vehicle that is something between an armored car, a helicopter and a small plane. In fact, the DARPA (who else?), a few months ago, has launched a tender among several manufacturers of military equipment for a project called Transformer.

The idea stems from the need to provide a defense homemade bombs (or IEDs, Improvised Explosive Devices) and from roadside ambushes, which represent the greatest threat to troops stationed in these troubled areas of the world. If the protection provided by armor plating is not sufficient to save soldiers and vehicles from such attacks, the solution could to fly over the threat.

The Transformer should be able to spread its wings and its rotor blades, similar to those of an helicopter and take off vertically within a maximum of 60 seconds, enough to escape ambushes, reaching an altitude of approximately 3000 meters. The driver of a Transformer need not have a flight patent because the flight is almost completely automated, and on a screen inside the vehicle he would see some sort of “virtual road“, so that whoever is sitting at the Transformer’s wheel should simply follow this path, just like a video game, to reach the destination safely.

A few days ago, DARPA announced that the contract for development of this technology has been entrusted to AAI Corporation, a Maryland based manufacturer, which has won a contract of over $ 3 million to create the first flying tank.

Protection from wiretapping: for everyone, and for everyone’s needs

ottobre 3, 2010 Technology No Commenti

In the 21st century society, where knowledge and information are available to everyone and are just a simple click or a Google search away, it seems that there is nothing that can not become of public domain within hours or minutes after it is said or done.

So, when for personal or work reasons, you need certain information to remain as confidential as possible, you have to take adequate measures. For example, are we 100% sure that our home phone, or our office lines, are duly protected against any outside intrusion?

Nowadays, intercepting a telephone call, either from a landline or cellular phone, has become much easier, and more affordable for all, than anyone could have possibly imagined just a few decades ago, thanks to technologies that were once only available for secret agents or international spies.

As our phone calls and conversations, even in areas normally considered safe, can be heard almost at any time, the best thing to do is certainly to adopt the proper countermeasures in order to achieve the right defense against eavesdropping.

If you have doubts that, someone may have planted bugging or recording devices in your office, for example because you learn that someone outside the circle of your staff and partners is aware of issues discussed in private meetings, or because a competitor constantly manages to beat your offers to customers with a lower price, modern technology comes to rescue you with a wide array of options.

Equipment for protection from wiretapping is now available almost anywhere on the Internet; these devices can work in several ways to ensure your privacy: for example, by using bug detectors, devices that emit radio waves over a wide frequency range, you can detect any bugs placed in your environment (and identify its location); you can also place a bug detection system directly on the telephone line. This detector, not only is capable to determine whether a listening device has been placed on your phone line cables, but it would also send a small low voltage spike over the cable, enough to defuse and disable listening bugs, and allow you to speak freely again.

Another aspect not to be underestimated is the presence of GSM bugs that can be used to listen to your conversations or private meetings in real time, using the cellular network to relay their content to a distant listener. To protect yourselves from this modern day wiretapping, for example, you can use a jammer, that is, a device that, again thanks to the emission of radio waves, is able to “confuse” the phones present within its range, making it impossible to access to the network, and subsequently to transmit any intelligence.

The jammer not only prevents any unauthorized listener from hearing what’s going on, but there are also models capable of preventing any digital audio recorder from working. Furthermore, using a jammer or scrambler is useful not only to prevent leaks, but also provides a regular and smooth flow of the meeting, without any interruptions due to unwanted or unexpected phone calls. In short, working time is optimized, while keeping everything private.

So if due to the increasing availability of secret listening technology, intercepting a phone call is now possible for almost everyone, the same can be said for the defense against such external attacks; one just needs to find the right way, according to their needs, to ensure that their private conversations, at home or in the office, remain private.

In any case, it is always advisable to rely on an expert when it comes to privacy defense; for example, at Endoacustica you can find answers to all your questions in this particular field.


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