Silent running UAV looks like a bird capable of invisible surveillance

first_imgDrones have already proved very effective on the battlefield in both surveillance and attack configurations. But there’s growing concern over how extensively drones will be used by the authorities for surveillance and tracking of civilians.If such drones take the form of small aircraft, they should be easy to spot in the sky, and you’ll also be able to hear their engines. But a new drone has been shown off during the HOMESEC 2013 defense and security conference that will be able to hide itself in plain sight.Spanish defense manufacturer EXPAL has demonstrated a drone at HOMESEC 2013 that looks like a gliding bird. Not only that, but the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will function using a noiseless motor, meaning you won’t hear it flying above you. Anyone looking up will just see a gliding native bird that looks natural and will most likely be disregarded as anything suspicious.The UAV is called SHEPHERD-MIL and has already been put into operation as a bird strike avoidance system. EXPAL wants to expand its uses, though. With both cameras and a geolocation system on board, SHEPHERD-MIL is being modified to work as a surveillance drone, an aid to firefighters, and for use during drug trafficking operations.So, next time you see a bird gliding above you, it may be just a bird, or it could turn out to be a surveillance drone doing a pass and checking for suspicious activity. Combine that with the ongoing development of tiny UAVs, and detecting when surveillance is underway is only going to get more difficult.last_img read more

Soul Asylums Runaway Train Remake Celebrates 25th Anniversary With A Worthy Cause

first_img Facebook Email Written by Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner, “Runaway Train” earned the band the GRAMMY for Best Rock Song as well as two additional nominations for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Music Video Short Form at the 36th GRAMMY Awards.  “It just was a direction that was very pleasing to me,” Pirner told Billboard of the original version. “Because the rock videos were just getting more and more shallow, if you will. So I wanted to do something that had impact in the real world, and it did.”He also spoke about the new version and the potential it has to use today’s technology to find missing children. “I’m pretty thankful that they thought of involving this song for their rebooting of the concept. It’s all with very real intentions and very sincere wanting to help.. those who used to be glued to MTV are now glued to their phones, and it’s a different generation. It probably is a more fluid way to get it out there [over social media].”Pirner also revealed Soul Asylum are currently working on a new album.For more information, visit runawaytrain25.com.Notorious B.I.G. Hometown Street Naming Ceremony Announced In Brooklyn Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” Remake Celebrates 25th Anniversary With A Worthy Cause Twitter Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” Gets A New Look soul-asylums-runaway-train-remake-celebrates-25th-anniversary-worthy-cause Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey and Gallant remake the classic song and video in support of National Center For Missing And Exploited ChildrenNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 22, 2019 – 12:25 pm Back in 1993, Soul Asylum’s career changed forever with the surprise breakout hit “Runaway Train,” released as the fourth single from their sixth studio album, 1992’s Grave Dancers Union. But it was to be the song’s moving music video, directed by GRAMMY winner Tony Kaye, that would change the lives of 21 missing children it helped recover with the images shown in the video, further proof of how music and art can make a difference in our world. In celebration of the song and video’s 25th anniversary, “Runaway Train” has gotten a refresh from Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey and Gallant. The new take on “Runaway Train” can also be viewed at runawaytrain25.com, where the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) have utilized geo-targeting technology to show different footage depending on where it’s being watched. “This video is a game changer,” NCMEC President and CEO John Clark said in a statement. “It highlights critical issues runaways face and will show real pictures of missing children. By creating and sharing this video, everyone has the ability to make a difference in their communities.” News Read morelast_img read more