Remote device to “see through” walls unveiled

Jan 24, 2017, 4:08 AM EST
Knowing internal layout of buildings is of vital importance in military operations.
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A team of researchers from University College London has developed a portable device that detects a variety of machines, including electric motors, combustion engines, turbines, air conditioning units and others, from behind a concrete wall.

The research has been funded by the U.K.’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, an arm of defense ministry that launched a unique project called: “What’s inside that building?” in 2015 to unearth new use of science and technology in the field of security, writes MIT Technology Review.

D.S.T.L., which held a competition to select the research organizations for the project, initially set aside a funding of £650,000 for phase-1 projects, notes GOV.UK. The new technology differs from established techniques for sensing through walls such as hand-held radar sensors and can remotely provide information about the internal layout of a building and the activity taking place inside it, which is of vital importance in military operations.