The newly-launched ANDRE Advanced Near-field Detection Receiver from Research Electronics International (REI) is helping to prevent fraud at exam testing sites. Commonly used for counter surveillance operations and intelligence protection, the ANDRE is now also helping educators prevent cheating during examinations by detecting covert electronic transmissions. Radiofrequency detection According to Brazilian news reports, eleven individuals were arrested last year for using electronic devices during the high-profile National High School Examination- Exame Nacional do Ensino Médio (Enem). The Ministry of Education now has a new security feature; the ANDRE Advanced Near-field Detection Receiver can detect the emission of radiofrequency signals from WiFi, Bluetooth, cell phones and illegal broadcasts. ANDRE detects radio frequency transmissions, regardless of whether they are unknown, illegal, disruptive or interference, to locate and identify participants who attempt to use electronic devices during the exam and may have circumvented inspection by metal detectors. The adoption of this new technology reinforces the security strategy of Enem, which already uses metal detectors for the surveillance and identification of electronic devices.The ANDRE is a hand-held broadband receiver that detects and assists in locating nearby RF and other types of transmitters, including mobile phones New security solutions introduced as organised crime increases The Brazilian Minister of Education is quoted as saying "Our goal is to combat the electronic points that, unfortunately, are still used in high-profile exams such as ENEM.” According to the Brazilian Federal Police, more investing is being done to repress fraud, stating that: "There are now almost imperceptible electronic points. As organised crime increases, we will also introduce new security solutions.” The ANDRE is a hand-held broadband receiver that detects and assists in locating nearby RF and other types of transmitters, including mobile phones. Antenna probes included with the ANDRE can be used to search for known, unknown, illegal, disruptive, or interfering electronic transmitters. Hidden electronic devices are easily concealed in a variety of objects and access to eavesdropping and electronic bugging devices is becoming easier and more affordable. The ANDRE provides mobile RF search capability to help locate these hidden transmitters quickly and discretely. Gerry Hall elicits new security challenges Mr. Gerry Hall, Managing Director of International Procurement Services, distributors of ANDRE said, "As organised crime increases and technology advances at an alarming rate, we find that we are facing new challenges on an almost daily basis. Exam fraud is a growing problem the world over, and as International Distributors of REI, we are always ready to offer advice, support and training to counteract these increases in exam fraud.”
For over 25 years International Procurement Services, have provided security solutions to Government agencies, International companies and high net worth individuals supplying surveillance, debugging sweep team services, countermeasures and consultancy services and now, along with REI, Audiotel, Shearwater, Scanna, FLIR and QCC equipment ranges, they have added ShieldSak to their product range. Secures information on mobile phone or RFID chipped products ShieldSak is a lightweight fabric bag that is proven to block RF, infrared, skim and quick scan signals that are capable of reading your critical information on your mobile phone or RFID chipped products. Gerry Hall, Managing Director at IPS said “At IPS, we tested many so called ‘phone shielding devices’ only to find that most failed even the most elementary tests. Apart from general uses such as boardrooms, secure business meetings etc., law enforcement agencies will appreciate the uses of this equipment in situations where immediate shielding is critical.” He continues, “The ShieldSak is one of the only such devices to have been fully laboratory evaluated - a copy of which is available on request.” Lightweight fabric bag Faraday Cage The ShieldSak is a “Faraday Cage” made into a lightweight fabric bag which is woven from several types of metal with a Velcro closure that simply blocks all electronic signals and radio transmissions from reaching data transponders, so that any active mobile phone will completely disappear off the grid with 5-10 seconds after being sealed within a ShieldSak. It won’t ring, and it can’t be tracked. Additionally, any item fitted with an RFID chip, such as passports, Credit Cards, ID cards cannot be tracked, or remotely scanned once inside the ShieldSak. This bag was originally made exclusively for the US Military and Government departments and is now available for all types of mobile devices including, but not limited to: Smartphones, Tablets and the popular iPad. Some devices (like the iPhone) contain a tracking device that cannot be turned off; but, with the SHIELDSAK, they are irrelevant.