Monthly Archives: June 2018

Robust RFID Tags Track Firearms

New laws are calling for the dependable tracking of firearms, and modern RFID tags can be integrated with the metal components of firearms to monitor the use of guns. Ron Marino | Jun 20, 2018 Firearms are constantly subjected to regulations and legislation in attempts to control access and limit operation only to authorized users. Many efforts have been made to track the critical components of a firearm throughout its operating lifetime, with one of the most critical firearm components referred to as the receiver. The receiver contains the trigger and the bolt. The receiver is often the only portion of a […]


Tiny UAV Keeps Tabs on GPS-Denied Regions

One trend in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for military use is an increase in capabilities in smaller aircraft. Perhaps the best embodiment of that trend is the Black Hornet 3 nano-UAV recently launched by FLIR Systems. The Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) had been the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-UAV. The same company’s Black Hornet nano-UAV (see figure) has the capability to navigate in GPS-denied environments for effective operation even in the most challenging battle places, including indoors for surveillance missions. The Black Hornet 3 weighs just 32 g and has been fielded by more than 30 nations. It can cover a distance […]