Unit lets PCs play spymaster

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 November, 1997, 12:00am

One of the more unusual products on display at CommuniTech 97 is the WiNRADIO Spectrum Monitor, a new type of radio communications receiver that integrates into a personal computer and one that would also be at home in a Tom Clancy novel.

Aimed at local governments, military and security businesses, WiNRADIO is a breakthrough in radio surveillance and monitoring. The device transforms a PC into a wide-band communications receiver.

WiNRADIO can receive any type of radio transmissions operating between 0.15 and 1500 MHz in many broadcasting modes. It also boasts a powerful spectrum analyser, full audio and event log, automatic task scheduler functions and a digital signal processor.

Up to eight receivers can be controlled by a single PC, making WiNRADIO the most advanced product of its type in the world.

The manufacturer said the device offered reliability, ease of use and, through its customisable Windows 95 interface, control over radio transmission monitoring.

Because WiNRADIO uses a standard PC as the brain behind complex surveillance tasks, the unit reduces the costs previously associated with this type of activity.

Rather than having to buy custom hardware and being limited to specific software, WiNRADIO is available on a cost-effective computing platform and comes with easy-to-use software.

In addition to the standard WiNRADIO Spectrum Monitor, the company will also be demonstrating the WiNRADIO Multichannel Spectrum Monitoring System.

This unit is a stand-alone, portable device that can automatically monitor up to six separate channels and record the signals digitally on an internal hard disk.

The unit can also perform decisions based on the signals received, log activities on selected radio frequencies and identify transmitters.

For those who do not have the budget for this device, the company offers a 'lite' version for evaluation purposes.