April 08, 2010 2 min read
Not long ago, only ‘official’ spies had spy gadgets, or so it seemed. The equipment used to conduct surveillance, do effective monitoring, or track our subjects either didn’t exist, was outrageously expensive, or was only found in the “tool kits” of the professionals. Either that or the equipment was so large there was simply no way to be discreet. Ever see a surveillance camera circa 1970? That’s big and boxy! Especially when compared with the tiny cameras that are on the market today – cameras which are easily hidden, can deliver wireless feeds to remote monitors or storage devices, and offer picture quality that puts even 1980’s era cameras to shame. And of course, night vision capability is an innovation that existed in only a very rudimentary form then.
The quality of cameras is just one area in which spy gear has improved. Constant innovation among military and non-military engineers has led to great advances in our ability to find, track and monitor individuals. Think of the GPS tracking devices, for example. Where would monitoring be today without them? The local used car facility slaps one on the car of the guy who is behind in his payments, and when it’s time to repo the auto they know exactly where it is. No games from him, no hiding. They simply go online to the GPS monitoring site and find out the precise spot where the vehicle sits. That’s just one of the technological advances that have been absolute game changers, making the practice of gathering necessary information easy, discreet, and highly effective.
Things have also changed dramatically in terms of cost, and quality spy stuff is available at affordable prices. Cameras cost a fraction of what they did a decade ago, while being multiple times better. This has made spy gear more widely available, and it is being used not only by police, private investigators, and a few forward thinking individuals. Gear is also on the leading edge of standard security methods employed by parents, educators, child care workers and others.