Photos: When tech gets bulletproof

In Israel? You might as well check out the latest in bulletproof vests and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Topic: Security
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Containment system

If you're in Israel, you might as well check out the latest in bulletproof vests and unmanned aerial vehicles. This week, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor is holding Security Israel, which covers the latest in security equipment. It's a little different than tech trade shows. The exhibitors start serving beer at 11 a.m. and a lot of the attendees are in uniform.

Here, the Gaza 4 containment system from Mistral Systems. Police put suspicious packages inside to remove them from airports or train stations.

"It's gas-tight in case you have a gas bomb," explained Mistral's Robi Koren. "We are the leaders in blast management, from letter bombs to safe removal."

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blast containment recepticle

It's a garbage can, and a blast containment receptacle. Approximately 10,000 of these garbage cans have been installed in places like Logan Airport and O'Hare Airport and all along the Boston-New York Amtrak line. The idea is that terrorists may try to put a bomb in a trash can someday, but may not realize it's not a standard trash can. Bomb fragments will not come out the sides. The cans cost from $1,000 to $7,000, depending on the strength.

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Broadband jammer

The broadband jammer from Netline. "It jams VHF, UHF, satellite phones, cellular, radio," explained a representative. The company also sells a portable version that comes with its own suitcase.

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This doorjamb from Hydro Noa will remove a steel door in about three seconds. It can also be bought in a kit with a bolt cutter and a device that spreads window bars.

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Bulletproof glass

Bulletproof glass from H.D. Protection. "This window holds M-16s and Kalashnikovs," explained company representative Porat Dan. The company also makes steel doors that can survive a blast of a bomb weighing 830 kilograms.

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bulletproof briefcase

The sign on the briefcase says it all. "It is a regular briefcase, but it's bulletproof," said H.D. Protection's Porat Dan. "It holds a (sawed-off) shotgun too. This could save your life." In case of an attack, the briefcase can be opened up so that there are more surface areas. Lots are sold in the Balkans.

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Emergency/fire alarm

Clear out, Madonna's back on. The 4100 U from Simplex is both a music system and an emergency/fire alarm system. "A lot of places want emergency evacuation systems and they want music," a company representative said.

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Thermal camera

A thermal camera distributed by FLIR. It picks up heat signals and forms a picture and is used for patrolling at night.

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Hotel safe fingerprint reader

SafePlace has come out with the world's first hotel safe that's opened with a fingerprint reader, according to company representative Sasha Uri (pictured). "We're selling them in Japan and just started in the U.S.," he said. It costs about $300 and was invented on Uri's kibbutz.

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Hand Shock

If you're a drummer in a heavy metal band in Europe, you may be familiar with this one. The Hand Shock is the latest in crowd control, according to company rep Shmuel Shachar. Police officers can detain someone by the elbow with it. They sell it in Germany and Russia but not the U.S. yet. "Too many lawyers," Shachar explained.

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Ford pickup

Plasan Sasa has taken a Ford pickup truck and redesigned it for combat. At 4 tons, it's lighter than most similar armored vehicles. It came out late last year.

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Fingerprint reader time clock

This is one of the most insidious inventions at the show. Bioline has taken a fingerprint reader and stuck it on a time clock. Thus, your boss can know exactly when you came to work and left. The company claims 20 percent of employees lie about when they get to work and they underestimate their lateness by around 5 to 7 percent. It hasn't come to the United States yet.

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The Sparrow-N from E.M.I.T. The unmanned aerial vehicle weighs 40 kilograms, far less than the 200 kilo average, and can fly at 3,000 feet without being detected. Most fly at higher elevations. At 3,000 feet, the camera in the plane can still bring back images that correctly identify individuals. It also costs a lot less and can be launched with a bungee-cord contraption mounted on the roof of an assault vehicle.

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Beer here

Drink up, Sarge. Many of the booths gave away squishy balls and pens, but beer was one of the more popular come-ons.

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Mosquito form Malat

Hello, handsome. The mannequin holds the Mosquito form Malat, a small, electric unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly for about a kilometer. It flies at 500 feet but can easily be seen or heard, according to the company.

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Unmanned aerial vehicle

The Bird Eye 400 from Malat. Unmanned aerial vehicles were largely pioneered in Israel.

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