7/20/2004

Electronic tags

I went with Pedro to a warehouse, where we spent all day placing electronic tags in cars. The technology is complex, because it uses the body of the car as a frequency modulator, and exact measurements have to be made between locations on the cars so that the tags work. If the car is taken apart, it is very difficult to locate each part of the tags, because they are so wide apart. And if you do locate any part of the circuit, it will not work on its own. If you located all the parts of the circuit, you still would not be able to switch on the tag, because there was a special machine that had to placed on the roof at a particular location to provide power to the tags. Each car had to be customized, and they needed me to help them do this.

A lot of clients had been waiting for my arrival with the neccesary information, which Jacob had given me as I left South Africa.

We had to strip off the roofs of the cars, and make sure they were conductive. Then we had to pinpoint locations on the car which would always guaratee us an appropriate distance to the other components, even if the doors were opened or some minor part of the car was removed. Then we had to start measuring distances, and welding the components on the inside of the cars, at various locations, and then plane the surfaces. After that, the cars would be taken for internal paint jobs, then driven off.

That way, the various bosses could monitor the positions of their cars at predefined intervals, and even if the cars were seized by the cops, they would not only stop broadcasting, but they would be no way to discover if such a car had tags without taking it apart.

It was a lot of work, but interesting.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get back to your normal style of writing, and stop boring us to death with this shit.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it. A mercenaries life can't be all shooting and torture... I would think that this type of work would be much more prevelant and desired due to the relative safety involved.

5:37 PM  
Blogger John said...

I canna help it, that is what is happening right now. However, something interesting happened yesterday, something a bit wierd but interesting, I'll post it soon.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean the creative style that you normally write in?
I miss it!

1:35 PM  

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