Technology for spotting potential threats has long been in the public domain, with the likes of the laser and thermal imaging now common tools for police, intelligence and the military.
Now, with liquid-pressure, infrared, and ultrasonic sensors being introduced to the mainstream, it’s time to get tech into the hands of everyday people, not just the military and police.
Liquid-spheres, as the technology is known, are devices that are able to detect the presence of molecules, such as liquid or gas, and can therefore be used to detect a person’s presence in a room or on a plane.
In the future, these devices could help detect people hiding in cars, or even in the home.
The idea behind liquid-space technology is to develop a technology that would be used for all kinds of things, from finding missing people to finding lost luggage, according to Mark Wilson, director of the Centre for the Advancement of Advanced Liquid Science (CAASIS), which develops technologies for detecting and detecting-like detecting.
The company, which has developed a range of technologies including lidar, ultrasonic, and laser detection, has developed an infrared sensor that can detect liquid and gases, and the company has already been used by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) and the Australian Border Force (ABF).
“The idea behind this is that you have a liquid, and you want to know what the temperature is,” Mr Wilson said.
“What is the liquid liquid, what is the gas liquid, that kind of thing.”
Mr Wilson is also the chief executive of CAASIS, which is based in Perth.
“It’s not that it’s impossible, but the technology isn’t in its infancy yet,” he said.
In a study published in the Journal of Applied Physics, Mr Wilson and his colleagues developed a technology based on a liquid-volume system.
The researchers were able to measure the pressure difference between a liquid and a gas.
“The pressure difference is what is being measured,” Mr Brown said.
Liquid pressure sensors can be used by a number of different applications.
They can be applied to detect and detect-like detect gases, like CO2 in a car, or to detect liquids, like water in a swimming pool, Mr Brown added.
Mr Wilson says the technology has been around for a while, and has been used to make the technology available to the military, police, and intelligence agencies, which are already using it to detect potential threats.
“A lot of the stuff that we’re talking about, you might not even notice, because you have liquid pressure,” he explained.
The technology has also been used in the workplace.
“We’ve had an ASIS guy that was working on it, and he’d get these calls from ASIS saying they were going to be going to a meeting and they were just looking for a way to identify potential terrorists in their building, and we would have to go out and get a liquid volume sensor,” Mr Watson said.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been using the technology for years, with an infrared device used to help them identify the presence and location of people in their workplace.
In February, the ADF tested a system that was able to identify a man hiding in a building that contained a water tank.
The ADF’s use of the technology will increase as the country’s population grows, as more people want to keep a safe distance from potentially dangerous people, Mr Watson added.
The potential uses of the sensor are many, with potential applications for detecting people hiding on planes, for finding missing luggage, and for finding lost packages.
“There’s lots of applications, there’s a lot of technology that we’ve been working on over the last five or six years,” Mr Smith said.
He said the technology could also be used in other areas such as the workplace, to find hidden people, or in the health sector, where it could help identify potential medical conditions, such a diabetes or heart disease.
“You can detect a very low concentration of a certain disease, or you can detect someone who has that condition that you know is likely to be there,” he added.
“If you have the right data, you could tell who might be at risk of that, or at risk, if you’re not being monitored enough, you know you need to get a person into the hospital.”
Mr Brown also said the new technology would make life easier for police and the ADB.
“I think the ADL is the next frontier, and I think they’re going to go into the next step, and they’re really excited about that,” he told ABC Radio Perth.