Xaver 1000, the new “weapon” of the Israeli army to see through walls (including reinforced concrete)
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Xaver 1000, the new “weapon” of the Israeli army to see through walls (including reinforced concrete)

Thanks to artificial intelligence, Xaver 1000 identifies objects and people behind walls and can also be used in the medical field and for rescue

Israeli engineers have developed a technology that could revolutionize the military, intelligence and security world. Xaver 1000, this is the name of the new system based on artificial intelligence, is a tool capable of seeing through walls, even those in reinforced concrete with metal components, effectively identifying objects and people beyond the wall.

After a long experimental period, Camero-Tech, the company that produces the super camera, is sure that this completely innovative solution will soon be able to be used, after being unveiled and presented for the first time during Eurosatury 2022, an international exhibition dedicated to the theme of defense which takes place every two years in Paris.

How it works has not been fully disclosed. The manufacturing company explained only that a complex process that combines tracking and algorithms allows you to see through walls providing real-time information about objects, people and anything else beyond the wall towards which it is oriented. Its use thus gives the opportunity to perform a vast number of different missions, of a military and defensive nature, but also of first aid, precisely identifying the people inside a building, whether they are standing, sitting, lying down and distance between them, as well as understanding how the space is structured in general.

In this way it is possible to get to know the presence of objects and identify them thanks to the high resolution of the images provided by Xaver 1000. To use it, a single operator is enough, even if a training course will be required to learn how to use the touchscreen display. and the specific interface. For the Israeli reality in particular, this technology could be very useful in case of kidnappings or in intelligence operations that require the identification of underground bunkers and the people who are there.

Long-standing project
While there are those who claim that the Israeli army has been using this technology for some time, it can certainly be said that studies to develop it began a long time ago. In July 2004, the local newspaper Haaretz was already writing about the company called Camero (then just founded), which was developing a very similar tool, which had the same purpose as the one that was recently unveiled.

At its headquarters in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv (today it is in Kfar Netter, in the center of the country), the company was developing a radio wave system that was able to reproduce three-dimensional images starting from movements to beyond the wall, up to about twenty meters away (this explains over the years the development of instruments ranging from the Xaver 400, one of the first designed, to the current 1000, which reproduces 3D images with great ease). This support would have mainly served for counter-terrorism operations on urban territory or in the search for survivors after a disaster. In recent years, several NATO countries have joined Israel, also intent on developing their own technologies to achieve the same mission, mainly for military and intelligence activities.

The “pocket” alternative
Technological advances in this area do not only involve the stratified military departments, because several realities, such as a few years ago the startup Vayyar (also of Israeli nationality), had begun to develop a technology capable of seeing through the walls for which the support of a tool similar to a smartphone, therefore with the ambition of being able to reach the goal with ever greater comfort.

The company has begun to develop a scanner to identify objects and people through a wall, doing so with the support of Walabot, a small tablet capable of tracing positions and signs of life inside buildings. An innovation that would make the operation “pocket-sized”, to be combined for its correct functioning with the use of a normal smartphone. The introductory price was the equivalent of about seventy euros, but making this function affordable for everyone immediately represented many ethical problems, so much so that subsequently the developers largely preferred to focus on the application of Walabot in the medical and sanitary.