Our State of the Art Equipment
Nova uses sophisticated State of the Art equipment on all jobs. With over $250,000 worth of laboratory grade equipment we bring the very best to the test.
- Spectrum Analyzers
- Omni Spectral Correlators
- Broad Band RF Detectors
- Telephone Instrument Test and Analysis Equipment
- Telephone Line Analysis Equipment
- Non Linear Junction Detectors
- Video Snake Inspection Equipment
- Time Domain Reflectometers
- Line Balance Test Equipment
- VLF/Carrier Current Test Equipment
- Infra-Red Inspection Equipment
- Portable X-Ray Equipment
- Line Tracing Equipment
- Power Line analysis Equipment
- Video Camera Location Devices
- Audio Conductivity Test Equipment
- And Much More
- We also bring trained, competent, experienced technicians.
PLEASE VISIT OUR EQUIPMENT PICTURE GALLERY BELOW TO SEE OUR TECH TEAM AND EQUIPMENT IN OPERATION.
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Test equipment arrives at Sweep Site. Some of our jobs require the use of two large vehicles to discreetly transport all of the equipment and personnel necessary to effectively and efficiently complete the assigned work. Unmarked civilian vehicles are always used for transport.
Technical Team: A TSCM Operation will require the use of a minimum of two technicians for a small job or as many as six for larger sweeps. Our Tech Teams always dress in the most appropriate attire for the work environment; coats and ties for an office complex or jeans and sport shirts for an industrial area.
A quarter of a million dollars worth of sophisticated test equipment is first assembled in a “non—target”, centrally located, area in the client’s facility. From this point the technicians will take their assigned equipment to the sweep sites and begin their investigations.
Joe Operating the OSCOR, Omni Spectral Correlator, and logging the pertinent data onto the laptop computer. The OSCOR is used to determine the presence of any clandestine radio frequency transmission occurring within the target area. The OSCAR is capable of identifying signals in the low, intermediate, high, very high and micro-wave frequency RF bands as well as Carrier Current and Infra-Red transmissions. It is also capable of acoustical correlation in determining the presence of illegal equipment.
Jack using an RF Spectrum Analyzer to identify and evaluate all radio frequency signals within the target area. Every signal must be evaluated. Most signals, of course, will be legitimate; commercial radio stations, corporate and law enforcement channels, cellular telephones, amateur radio hobbyists and the like. However, all signals must be evaluated in order to determine the presence of illegal bugs.
Allison using the OSCOR-BLUE. This latest version of the OSCOR is capable of “sweeping” the RF spectrum from 50 kHz (50 thousand cycles per second) all the way to 24 GHz (24 billion cycles per second). It will sweep that entire spectrum, measuring more than two million data points, in less than one second. At that sweep rate “frequency hopping” devices, “burst transmitters” and other exotic modulation formats can be readily identified.
John using the ORION, Non-Linear Junction Evaluator. The ORION is “swept” over walls, ceilings, furniture, etc. It will positively locate any device buried in the wall or furniture that contains any electronic components. Separate Bar Graphs will illuminate to indicate the presence of electronic components and/or corrosive junctions. The ORION will locate the electronic device even if it is turned off or inoperative or otherwise inactive. For example, it will find a single un-powered diode buried in a plaster wall.
Garry using a CPM-700 Broad Band RF Detector to pin down the location of a transmitting bug. Once a determination is made that there is a covert transmitter in the target area by using the OSCORs and other Spectrum Analyzers, CPM-700s are then used to determine the exact location of the device.
John II inspecting the area above the ceiling tiles. With over a quarter of a million dollars worth of technical equipment the Physical Inspection remains one of the most important components of our Sweep Procedure. It is one of the most demanding and intense portions of the operation. The technicians’ observational skills are indispensable in detecting and identifying any suspicious wire or device for further testing.
Joe performing a Physical Inspection on an executive’s desk. The Physical Inspection involves visually accessing every place in which a covert device could possibly be installed. Light switch covers, electrical outlet covers, thermostats, inside and under drawers, inside drawer cavities - everything that can be removed, disassembled or opened is inspected.
John II using an illuminated Video Snake Camera to inspect the area inside of an air conditioning duct. The “Video—Snake” can record anything that John locates inside the duct. We can send the Snake over thirty feet into a pitch black area for inspections and see and record every inch. The “find” will then be downloaded onto a laptop computer.
Garry is searching for concealed or buried devices using a High Penetration Non-Linear Junction Detector. The NLJD has two co-located antennas in the Search Head. One is a transmitter sending a very strong signal at 915 MHz. The second is a receiver tuned to 1830 MHz — the second harmonic. The transmitter signal will electronically “illuminate” any electronic components — whether or not they are powered or even inoperative — and create, from the receiver portion, an audible tone and visual indication on the signal meter telling the operator exactly where the device is located.
John II testing the electrical power lines in a target room for Very Low Frequency (VLF) Carrier Current transmitters. VLF/Carrier Current bugs use the electrical power lines both as a power source and as an antenna. The VLF device is trying to send all of its energy down the power line/antenna. Almost none of the radio signal radiates off of the “antenna” into free space, therefore it will not be detected by RF Spectrum Analyzers or similar instruments. Only by tapping directly into the power line can the signal be acquired and the device located.
Garry making an X-Ray image of a portion of a lamp. When the lamp was inspected using a Non-Linear Junction Detector it was determined that the lamp likely contained electronic components that should not be there. On those occasions when we have a suspicious item or a suspicious area on a wall that cannot be directly accessed and viewed with the Video Snake Camera or other means it is necessary to X-Ray the device or area. We would never leave a questionable issue unresolved. When no other means is available X-Rays allow a non-destructive method of resolution.
John tracing wires concealed within the wall using a TALAN Harmonic Locator Probe. The Locator Probe will allow John to follow the course of the wire through walls, across ceilings, etc. Additionally and importantly it will indicate the presence of any electronic component connected to that wire and pin-point the spot where it is connected.
Jack using a Riser-Bond Time Domain Reflectometer to test the interior telephone lines. Telephone line comparisons can be made on the TDR and can also be downloaded onto a laptop computer and comparatively analyzed against an array of other telephone lines. The TDR’s use as a Cable Radar set is paramount in locating any anomaly existing on the telephone lines.
John checking telephone lines using a CMA-100 Test Amplifier. Multiple tests are performed on the phone lines in the various telephone equipment rooms. Voltage and resistance measurements are taken and recorded. Wires without active phone line connections are also tested as it is possible to connect a microphone to those lines elsewhere in the facility and retrieve the information from the microphone at another location within or without the facility utilizing the inactive phone lines.
Allison disassembling a telephone set. All telephones, fax machines, etc. are disassembled and physically inspected. They are then tested electronically. If they are “clean” we apply a frangible security seal over one of the screws on the bottom of the unit. This enables a quick inspection by client personnel. If the security seal is not broken the phone has likely not been tampered with.
Jack testing active telephones and lines for eavesdropping attacks. He’s using the TALAN Telephone and Line Analyzer. The highly sophisticated TALAN tests the telephone and the related lines displaying values in voltage, current flow, resistance, carrier current and free space RF transmissions. Additionally, it performs tests on the related lines using Frequency Domain Reflectometry and identifies and locates Non-Linear Junctions which could indicate the presence of eavesdropping equipment on the phone lines.
Joe with an old 25 pair Cable and Telephone Analyzer. There really are some of the old 1-A-2 type telephone systems still in use and this is the only analyzer that can effectively and efficiently test and inspect these systems. Eventually we will donate it to the Smithsonian. (The analyzer — not Joe).
John accessing an outdoor telephone pedestal box in order to identify and test telephone trunk lines. Tests are made on the phone lines from inside the customer’s premises using Line Balance Equipment and Time Domain Reflectometers. If an anomaly is present on one or more of the trunk lines the distance from the test point is calculated and the pedestal box must be located and the lines inside the pedestal must be accessed for inspection and/or further testing.
Allison using a Time Domain Reflectometer to electronically inspect selected telephone lines from the point of the test back toward the telephone company central office. The TDR is, in essence, “a cable radar set”. A signal is sent down the line and any anomaly that occurs on that line pair reflects a part of the energy back to the TDR — just like a radar signal. The time for the signals Round Trip is electronically calculated and the anomaly, along with its exact distance from the test point is displayed on the screen. A strip chart recording is made for any anomaly located during the tests.
Your Tech Team: John, Joe, John II, Allison, Garry and Jack.
Thank you for taking the time to “see us in action” in this gallery. The pictures portray only some of the equipment that we bring to a job site. We are one of the very best equipped teams in the country.
Remember, when protecting your vital information, we’re not just a contractor — we’re your partner.
We look forward to serving your security needs in the near future.
You supply the problem — we’ll furnish the solution.