Military To Use “Spy Rocks” For Surveillance

spy rocksThere’s no one around to hear us but that rock sitting over there. Wired UK reports:

At the annual AUSA Army meeting in Washington, DC, Lockheed Martin showcased developments in their surveillance technology called SPAN (Self-Powered Ad-hoc Network), a “covert, perpetually self-powered wireless sensor network” that can provide “unobtrusive, continuous surveillance” in units so small they can fit in a rock.

SPAN is a mesh network of self-organizing sensors that, when triggered, can cue a camera or an unmanned aerial vehicle to further study an area, or summon an engineer when a pipeline or bridge structure is in danger or fractured.

Lockheed touts the “field-and-forget” technology as providing maximum coverage at minimal costs, claiming that the sensors can remain in the field for years at a time without maintenance, powered by solar technology. The defense contractor is hoping to sell its spy rocks for surveillance, border protection, pipeline monitoring and bridge security, among other things.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    This is why I am legally changing my christian name to “Senator”. I will henceforth join the ranks of those who cannot be prosecuted for their wrongdoings.

  • Simon Valentine

    if one were to accidentally step on a Spy Rock, would such a one be sued by an as yet undisclosed mercenary lawyer? law firms are corporations too! (like saying they’re people too, you know, like e = mc^2?)

  • BuzzCoastin

    if you’ve ever used one of these things
    you’d know that the ambient background noise
    (even with software filters)
    often renders the information useless
    plus
    the low level of the intelligence of the info gatherer (rock reader)
    makes the whole thing a highly profitable boondoggle
    for some elite biz in need of a welfare payment (gruberment contract)

  • Codgitator

    I want a spy rock.

  • Despicable Yeti

    My people have been using these for generations, but we apply ours via blunt force trauma….ok they are more like assassination rocks…

    • Despicable Yeti

      We just throw rocks at each other.