Wi-Fi Radar Can See Humans Through Walls

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Scientists in England can now see through walls­—kind of. Researchers have created a luggage-sized device that can detect human activity behind a one-foot thick brick wall based on Wi-Fi signal frequencies that ricochet as people move around.

According to Popular Science, the "passive radar system" works much the same as regular radar does and is able to accurately detect the speed, location and direction of a person as they move about. However, if you stay still, you'll stay invisible, because the system works by measuring Wi-Fi strength and frequency changes.

While the device has the potential for peaceful, civilian applications such as monitoring children or homeprotectionCNET reports the military has already taken an interest in the technology as a potential tool in urban warfare.

The research paper even suggests that researchers had conflict on their minds as they tested the device. In it, they say they wanted to investigate the "feasibility of uncooperatively and covertly detecting people moving behind walls using passive bi-static Wi-Fi radar at standoff distances."

The research, originally published in the April issue of the journal iGeoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE, said the researchers used a 2.5GHz passive multi-static receiver to measure Doppler shifts. The closer a person is to the Wi-Fi source, the stronger the signal is, and the further away they are, the weaker the signal.

As evidenced by the photo on Popular Science, imaginations are already running wild as people think about itsapplication in resolving a hostage situation.

Article provided by SecurityNewsDaily, a sister site to Laptopmag.com.

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  • Josh Says:

    Old news. I am on a SWAT Team, and we have a had held device that uses radar to see through walls. It will tell us how far away the person is, even if they are not moving as long as they are breathing. To get a good location you need to triangulate with it. It will not see through solid metal, but it will see through a steal mesh.

  • Ted Says:

    Wire mesh installed in all new homes and any renovation project may help guard against this....?

  • Steve Austin Says:

    Oh the the New World Odor stinks to core.

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