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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday Teaser - Technology

In yesterday's post I mentioned the thermal imaging that was used in last week's capture of the bombing suspect.

I use new technology in my books, especially in relation to spy technology. I find it fascinating. It is changing our world like never before.

In Dylan's Song, Sam uses Ground Penetrating Radar technology. It's a step up from thermal imaging. Used via satellite, it can be positioned to a specific longitude and latitude. It then "sees" beneath the surface to the ground below.

The same technology can be used in a variety of forms, including handheld devices. It's currently being used by archaeologists as an alternate to excavating when they're not sure what they might find. It is also used by the construction industry, inspectors, and to locate things such as utility cables and pipes.

Used as spy technology, it can be used to determine what is housed within certain confines - such as nuclear facilities, enemy combatants' camps, and even into buildings which could be useful during a hostage crisis or robbery in progress.

Thermal imaging and ground penetrating radar are often used together in spy technology. Thermal imaging picks up heat sources while ground penetrating radar shows most materials.