Posted by: karlmuller30
Fri Jan 4, 2008 12:45 am (PST)
Something I came across a few years ago, which I don't see on a search
of this forum, is "celldar". This is a form of radar using cellphone
radiation. Inasmuch as cellphone radiation penetrates buildings, it
would actually enable the authorities to monitor the movements of
people literally inside their homes. This is Big Brother writ large.
The use of cellphones in surveillance is becoming more and more
pervasive. I don't know if anyone saw that recently in Portugal,
police are going around systematically interviewing **everyone** who
made a cellphone call from the area where Madeleine McCann was
abducted. Even retrospectively, they can determine to a few metres
where calls were made:
Trails are created by silent transmissions sent out by every mobile
phone even when not in use. Each signal is picked up by masts, which
create a timed computer log of the handset's movements. By measuring
the strength of the signal, the location of the handset can often be
narrowed to an area as small as a few square yards."
I had a friend who was involved in the security for a big birthday
party Nelson Mandela had a few years ago, with Bill Clinton and the
like in attendance. They monitored the positions of everyone at the
party in real time to within a couple of metres, by using their
The thing about "celldar" is that it uses passive reflections, so they
will be able to track any moving object, whether or not it is carrying
Now, I am becoming more and more convinced that this is the REAL
reason why cellphone radiation levels are being pegged at such high
levels. I think "celldar" is what they've really had in mind all
along. We are talking about real-time surveillance of every single
person on the landscape, even inside buildings, and every vehicle that
moves. This is population monitoring and control at unimaginable
levels, but this is exactly what our governments have in mind (see
report below). They must really love the idea.
It's gone very quiet on the "celldar" front, but you can be sure that
it is already operating. The privacy angle may be one that actually
appeals to people who do not believe this radiation is bad for their
health. On the other hand, we can expect to see victories against
"terrorism" using this technology which will be used to justify this
We live on a very spooky planet, to be sure.
How mobile phones let spies see our every move
Government's secret Celldar project will allow surveillance of anyone,
at any time and anywhere there is a phone signal
Jason Burke and Peter Warren Sunday October 13, 2002 The Observer
Secret radar technology research that will allow the biggest-ever
extension of 'Big Brother'-style surveillance in the UK is being
funded by the Government. The radical new system, which has outraged
civil liberties groups, uses mobile phone masts to allow security
authorities to watch vehicles and individuals 'in real time' almost
anywhere in Britain.
The technology 'sees' the shapes made when radio waves emitted by
mobile phone masts meet an obstruction. Signals bounced back by
immobile objects, such as walls or trees, are filtered out by the
receiver. This allows anything moving, such as cars or people, to be
tracked. Previously, radar needed massive fixed equipment to work and
transmissions from mobile phone masts were thought too weak to be
The system works wherever a mobile phone can pick up a signal. By
using receivers attached to mobile phone masts, users of the new
technology could focus in on areas hundreds of miles away and bring up
a display showing any moving vehicles and people. An individual with
one type of receiver, a portable unit little bigger than a laptop
computer, could even use it as a 'personal radar' covering the area
around the user. Researchers are working to give the new equipment 'X-
ray vision' - the capability to 'see' through walls and look into
Ministry of Defence officials are hoping to introduce the system as
soon as resources allow. Police and security services are known to be
interested in a variety of possible surveillance applications. The
researchers themselves say the system, known as Celldar, is aimed at
anti-terrorism defence, security and road traffic management.
However civil liberties groups have been swift to condemn the plan.
'It's an appalling idea,' said Simon Davies, director of Privacy
International. 'The Government is just capitalising on current public
fears over security to intoduce new systems that are neither desirable
The system, used alongside technology which allows individuals to be
identified by their mobile phone handsets, will mewan that individuals
can be located and their movements watched on a screen from hundreds
of miles away.
Prototypes have been effective over 50 to 100 metres but the
developers are confident that range can be extended.
After a series of meetings with Roke Manor, a private research company
in Romsey, Hants, MoD officials have started funding the multi-million
pound project. Reports of the meetings are 'classified'.
Whitehall officials involved in radar confirmed that the MoD was 'very
interested' last week. 'It's all about resources now,' said one.
Private security specialists have also welcomed the new technology.
'It will be enormously useful,' the director of one private security
firm said. 'Instead of setting up expensive and cumbersome
surveillance equipment, police or the security services could start
work quickly and easily almost anywhere.
'For tracking a suspect, preventing a potential crime or a terrorist
strike or simply locating people [the system] has enormous
It is likely that the technology would be used at first to protect
sensitive installations such as ports and airfields.
The perimeter of a nuclear power station or an RAF base could be
watched without having a bank of CCTV screens and dozens of expensive
If the radar picked up movement then a single camera could be focused
on a specific area.
Celldar could also monitor roads when poor visibility due to bad
weather rendered cameras useless.
'The equipment could pick up traffic flows towards an accident site
and the details of a crash; who is where and so on,' said Peter Lloyd
of Roke Manor.
Lloyd also outlined a number of military applications for the
technology. Individual armoured vehicles or even soldiers could carry
the detectors which could tell them where enemy troops were.
Security specialists point out how useful personal radars would be in
siege situations. However there are significant concerns that the
technology might be abused by authorities or fall into the wrong
'Like all instrusive surveillance, we need to be sure that it is
properly regulated, preferably by the judiciary,' said Roger Bingham
Bingham expressed concerns that the new equipment, which would be
virtually undetectable, could be used by private detectives or others
for personal or commercial gain.
Modern technology has brought massive opportunities for wider
surveillance. Since the 11 September terrorist attacks on Washington
and New York, the government has been pushing through a package of
anti-terrorism legislation which targets electronic communications.
Senior police officers are now allowed to access mobile telephone and
email records without judicial or executive assent. Within two years,
all mobile phones are expected to have satellite-locating devices
built into them.
.... and here is a press release from the company that is developing
BAE SYSTEMS and Roke Manor Research Team to Develop Revolutionary
BAE SYSTEMS and Roke Manor Research are teaming to develop in depth
the concept of CELLphone raDAR - CELLDAR? - to provide a
revolutionary, totally covert and innovative approach to the detection
of moving air, land and sea-based objects, maturing a technology which
will significantly enhance military capabilities such as air warfare,
littoral operations and Homeland Defence.
The two companies have signed an agreement to fund the development of
the technology, already successfully developed by Roke Manor Research,
exploiting the latter's in-depth knowledge of cellphone technology
through its pivotal role within Siemens, a world leader in this market
place, in enabling R&D. The BAE SYSTEMS Future Systems, C4ISR and
other business units will be contributing their defence domain
knowledge and systems integration expertise.
CELLDAR? uses extended multi-static radar detection and data
processing for the tracking, identification and cueing of objects
moving in cellphone fields. The massive world-wide investment in
cellphone technology and the ability to exploit the extensive
electromagnetic transmission fields created to support them presents
the opportunity for CELLDAR? to offer high-performance, long-range,
low-cost detection of objects moving in space in real time to user
The capability of the technology extends across all domains and will
be a key enabler in future Command & Control, Communications,
Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR)
solutions. It encompasses - for instance - the detection of moving
vehicles or helicopters in foliage; of small maritime objects, such as
periscopes; and even aircraft which would otherwise be invisible to
traditional mono-static or bi-static radars through the exploitation
of stealth technology.
CELLDAR utilises the radar frequencies associated with the current
mobile telephone transmissions (GSM 900, 1800 and 1900) and future
This partnership complements earlier initiatives to combine the skills
of these two world-class companies. These resulted in the SAMPSON
active phased array, multi-function radar (selected for the Royal
Navy's Type 45 destroyer) and the HALO® artillery location system now
in service with the British Army and being supplied into the export