The Days Of Yore
In the days of yore, there was a lot that went into creating an integrated system which can mimic the multi-functionality of today’s smart phones. In this brief article, I will discuss how and why utilizing even a very inexpensive model of smart phone can be applied for incredible results while committing to fieldcraft and security excellence.
But first, a little history. The Universal Serial Bus or USB evolution of system architecture created a massive expansion for computing capabilities, especially in terms of multimedia applications. Evolving from the OG Industry Standard Architecture of motherboard design, the miniaturization and multithreading capability of computer machines was sure to reach an exponential increase. This meant that increasingly shorter periods of time would yield resulting smaller and more capable circuits. ISA moved on to become PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) allowing for higher data-streams within the architecture especially reflected in video processing definition. And now in regular implementation is the SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) which allows for such communications between internal motherboards and external devices such as tape and disk drives.
Back to USB. The Universal Serial Bus allowed for many, meaning up to 144 daisychained external devices to be connected to the system. Now our computers had eyes, ears, and mouths with which we could interface directly and begin to envision what would come in the future.
The MANIC (magic) Mirror
Minimal Architecture Necessary For Intelligent Cognition is a concept outlined in the white papers by adroit cybersecurity researcher for Pentagon and Department Of Defense, Michael Gagnon. It entails utilizing the very least amount of physical hardware to enable the highest digital functionality of a computer system. As technical as this sounds, it can easily be broken down and translated into intelligence fieldcraft and other business applications.
The smart phone, as I have labeled the MANIC Mirror was most likely introduced to pop-culture in 1935 with the production of Walt Disney’s Snow White. That was a long time ago, way before computers had any chance of being perceived in the way they are presently manifest. Here we see a flat or two-dimensional object which seemingly or magically projects the ability to remote view across great distances and perhaps even time. It also allows for remote communication with an advanced and/or artifical intelliegnce. The magic mirror of old is now a reality, you most likely have one in your hands with which you are reading this article, or perhaps on your desk charging next to your larger computer.
In Security Terms
The MANIC Mirror is an excellent tool, far too often unrealized for it’s full capabilities especially in deployment for security and intelligence applications. Depending on what capabilities your mission specific operation entails, there is most likely “an app for that.”
There are far too numerous applications and implementations in which cheaply purchased and freely configured Android smart phones may be utilized to drastically increase intelligence capabilities while afield. The tiny integrated camera and microphone are much more than just a video intercommunication device, but they are useful in terms of electronic surveillance. A pairing of smart phones can be synchronized to each other for wireless signals transference and spying deployment. The list goes on ad nauseum ad infinitum.
Special use of smart phones must also be considered in terms of systems integration. For example, your $500 surveillance drone will also come with an application which can be freely downloaded to the phone to allow an extended, aerial eye to take flight and expand your operational range up to 1.5 km. That’s without going too far into the budget. These things are truly incredible and are being underutilized and under-realized in the field.
There is a lot more to this, but I don’t want to give away all my secrets. If you are interested in accessing our expertise in operational smart phone deployment, please do not hesitate to contact Briq Haus Ltd. Security & Intelligence. Thank you for reviewing this article.