Advanced Imaging


Advanced Imaging Magazine

Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Powerful Tools and Powerful Responsibilities


By Keith Reid

The attack on 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq have generated tremendous activity in electronic imaging with no indication that the demand for military and surveillance technologies will quell any time soon.

Remotely piloted vehicles patrol vast areas, using imaging technology for both piloting and reconnaissance. Key terrorist leaders have already been identified and engaged in the hills of Afghanistan by such drones, with the drone operators and decision makers sitting hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.

Using night vision equipment, soldiers sitting in outposts, manning armored vehicles or walking patrol have effectively taken the night away from insurgents.

X-ray equipment scans baggage and cargo containers at airports, seaports and border road crossings for the presence of conventional explosives or far more deadly weapons of mass destruction.

And digital eyes scan numerous locations where such security would have been an afterthought previously. The London tube bombers were identified in record time due to the layers of video surveillance that are a daily part of life in London.

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