Wednesday, April 12, 2006

What's exciting & new with police laser (LIDAR)

New Police Laser/LIDAR is Coming to a Road New You

It's nice that mild weather is finally upon us...although I have no complaints about the "warm" winter we just had.

Now that we are approaching the "drop-top" season, it's good to know what new forms of threats we will all be facing this driving season:

Laser Atlanta has made some recent improvements to their police LIDAR gun line-up. The have recently implemented "jam" detection on the latest iteration of their guns which display "JA3" to inform the officer that their gun is being actively interferred with.

As usual, we don't expect VEIL to generate such "jams error codes" as VEIL's doesn't "jam" but simply prevents/reduces the ability of laser gun's to see their own reflection. This exploits a phenomenon that happens normally with different colored vehicles so driver's using VEIL shouldn't be concerned with this new feature.

...Besides most states don't have laws against the use of active laser jamming anyway (regulated by the FDA for "eye-safety"), unlike jamming police RADAR (which is regulated by the FCC).

Laser Atlanta apparently has made some software updates to their stealth-mode operation which was supposed to render the one shipping laser jammer series that has demonstrated that it is capable of defeating stealth mode - the Blinder M20 and M40 Xtreme series - ineffective.

However, at a recent test, Blinder apparently still thrwarted the ability of the new gun as well and still provided jamming. Kudos to Blinder for being resilient! If you have been following VEIL's history, you already know that VEIL does especially well against stealth mode anyway so if you already own one of the other top rated laser jammers, just get VEIL and you should be set.

Laser Atlanta remains the long-distance champ and I have seen it produce accurate readings approaching 10,000 feet (one through a windshield, at that!)...That's nearly TWO MILES, folks! Simply breathtaking performance from a police laser gun (and is still one of my favorites because of its engineering prowess). They conservatively under-rate their gun's capability to merely 4000 feet! Nice touch're a class act.

Kustom Signals has some exciting new police laser guns called the Pro Lite and Pro Lite+ which is pricing less than $1500 and works like a pair of binoculars which can be worn about the neck.

Some officers who have worked with the new gun, love it for its ease of use and ergonomic friendliness. Since Kustom is the first gun to be priced competitively with RADAR guns AND is a pleasure to work with, we expect them to become quite popular indeed...Is this the beginning of the end for RADAR? Only time will tell (I seriously doubt it). But, police laser popularity should continue to grow...and at an even greater rate, which is a good thing for them but can be for you as well, if your are equipped with VEIL!

Stalker has a made some recent software updates to improve upon their performance, but may have some "issues" to work out with it.

I don't know specifically what's up with the guys from
Laser Technology (they probably prefer it that way!) - the original inventors of laser speed detection and measuring equipment, but we can be sure they're not sitting on the laurels with their impressive LTI UltraLyte series of police lasers. LTI produces variations of the laser guns, including some of which are protecting our men and women in combat and our friends in black on the street...thank you all for your service in keeping us safe every day.

The LTI UltraLyte series of police lasers have the capability of manned or un-manned operation tied into a digital imaging processor which allows for the capture of vehicle motion data from 50 to 170 meters away and automatically records a high-resolution full-color image of a violator's plate...their exact speed...for evidence. (I'm paraphrasing).

LTI's systems are multi-lingual (cool stuff) to cater to markets abroad that deploy photo lidar. LTI also has solutions for enforcing multiple speed limits on the same carriage-way and HOV lanes as well as monitoring stop-sign runners. A pretty deversified bunch of innovate high-tech equipment, indeed.

Photo LIDAR and is also coming in the form of laser drones...if you thought automated red light cameras and photo radar cameras were bad enough, look out. Automated photo laser may soon be "issuing" speeding tickets all on their own...we'll keep you posted on this developing story...

Even more the reason to invest in countermeasures like VEIL and Blinder.

That about covers it for now. Until next motoring!

Veil Guy
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