MIT Updates Wi-Fi Tech That Can Track You Through Walls
woensdag, 18 juni 2014 - Categorie: Artikelen
Bron: www.activistpost.com/2013/12/new-wi-fi-technology-can-track-you.html .
14 juni 2014
One of the hallmarks of technology is dual-use capability. It is for this reason that we are softened up with all of the benefits, before being introduced to the darker side. Technology has always been a double-edged sword, but we are witnessing a closure in the gap between good and bad as technology is now advancing at a much higher rate of speed in tandem with a growing global police state.
I remember seeing a story a while back about a microwave device that could see through rubble to detect the beating heart of people trapped under a collapsed building. I immediately thought, wow that's a good thing ... ohhhh, wait a minute. Seeing through rubble; isn't that the same as seeing through walls?
And here comes the dark side.
A little more than a year ago, the first enhancement of Wi-Fi was labeled WiTrack. It marked an improvement over a discovery by MIT researchers a few months previous that they had called Wi-Vi. At the time, researchers were able to use dual signals to detect the general location of moving objects behind walls, but not an exact image.
WiTrack uses radio signals to pinpoint a person's location more accurately. An MIT press release explained the significant difference between Wi-Vi and WiTrack:
WiTrack operates by tracking specialized radio signals reflected off a person's body to pinpoint location and movement. The system uses multiple antennas: one for transmitting signals and three for receiving. The system then builds a geometric model of the user's location by transmitting signals between the antennas and using the reflections off a person's body to estimate the distance between the antennas and the user. WiTrack is able to locate motion with significantly increased accuracy, as opposed to tracking devices that rely on wireless signals, according to Adib.
''Because of the limited bandwidth, you cannot get very high location accuracy using WiFi signals,'' Adib says. ''WiTrack transmits a very low-power radio signal, 100 times smaller than WiFi and 1,000 times smaller than what your cell phone can transmit. But the signal is structured in a particular way to measure the time from when the signal was transmitted until the reflections come back. WiTrack has a geometric model that maps reflection delays to the exact location of the person. The model can also eliminate reflections off walls and furniture to allow us to focus on tracking human motion.''
het goede in dit verhaal is dat de signalen zo zwak zijn.
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