Detecting Sniper Scopes

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

GizMag reports on JETprotect CS300K “Long Range Counter Surveillance Camera” …

Now a new device which uses the same “red-eye” effect of flash cameras and projects it hundreds of meters, can identify binoculars, sniper scopes, cameras and even human eyeballs that are staring at you. It is hence the first machine that can offer 24/7 warning that you are being watched or targeted, BEFORE a shot is fired.

The system uses a Class IIIb laser illuminator to paint the target and a camera to watch for reflections. Software must be used to detect the difference of the reflection from a wall verses the reflection from optics. I suspect this device is designed for use in non-urban areas. In a urban area it would be hard to detect the difference between a scope or a car window.

[ Many thanks to Tarkan for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson
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  • NKT NKT on Apr 11, 2010

    Brian, that doesn't help your argument at all - that one company makes 130 types of glass means that the detector would have to try and work out if it is one of the 128 types not used for the front lens of a scope, or one of the 2 that are used for the front lens of a scope, and the reflector on the back of a Dodge. Needle in a haystack!

    As said above, this device is NOT going to be used (hopefully) to instantly return fire. You US military folks have already shot up enough camera carrying people, and that was from a visual ID from a gunship. The idiot who though it was an AK would have had to say it was a Dragunov ('scoped), but the shooting of a few kids and a load of civilians probably would have happened all the same.

    This device will be hilariously easy to "false" too - a windchime made from the right size glass, specs, retroreflectors, binos, cameras.... it will be a nightmare, I think, for anywhere bar a very rural setting.

    More and more tech is not the answer, at least not without people taking care behind it. Hearts and minds, people, that's what wins wars.

  • Anthony Anthony on Oct 12, 2010

    I do security for a large well known movie studio and we use this technology for anti-piracy measures during movie screenings. We show high profile movies months in advance of release for publicity, client feedback, etc. so anti-piracy is a huge priority as we do not want these movies being distributed illegally and or prematurely. Officers assigned to the screenings are trained to use this equipment to find and identify video piracy activities. We have one of these devices on each side of the movie screen scanning the audience for any type of video recording devices. If the machine detects any lenses it takes a picture and our officers identify wether it is a camera and deal with the person individually after the show.

    This technology has revolutionized the way we do business in the anti-piracy field in studio security as in the past we had to use officers with night vision scopes constantly scanning the audience for cameras.

    Just thought you all would like to know how this technology can be used in non military applications