Wearable Technology Intruder-Detecting Smart “Curtains” Could Replace Your Anti-Burglar System

It probably wouldn’t actually be practical to drape your house in this stuff, but the smart fabric would be excellent to cover bank vaults, precious art collections, or semi-trucks for additional security. The researchers claim their anti-theft textile is considerably cheaper than a regular burglar system and they expect to see the fabric incorporated into projects during construction.

Story by Bridgette Meinhold - Source: http://www.ecouterre.com

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No need for a traditional burglar system anymore if you can drape your home in a new smart fabric that can detect intruders. Developed by a team of researchers in Berlin, the textile is made up of woven conductive threads that can sound the alarm when penetrated and tell you exactly where the threat is coming from. It probably wouldn’t actually be practical to drape your house in this stuff, but the smart fabric would be excellent to cover bank vaults, precious art collections, or semi-trucks for additional security. The researchers claim their anti-theft textile is considerably cheaper than a regular burglar system and they expect to see the fabric incorporated into projects during construction.

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BURGLAR BEGONE

This smart, anti-theft fabric was developed by by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin, in collaboration with the Technische Universität Berlin and ETTLIN Spinnerei und Weberei Produktions GmbH. It is made up of a fine web of conductive threads woven into any type of fabric that are connected to sensors. When the fabric is penetrated, the sensors can detect exactly where the intruder is to the centimeter and send out the alarm.

IZM project manager Erik Simon sees a huge potential for a variety of novel applications with the fabric, but mostly it would provide an invisible security system. The fabric could be integrated into a building during construction much like a vapor barrier. This security system would be practical for museums to protect their valuable collections, for banks to protect their vaults, or even truck drivers to secure their load while on the road. IZM claims their system is far less expensive than a traditional burglar system due to its use of standard materials, silver-coated conductive threads and a simple sensor system.

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