FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is police laser (LIDAR) and how can Veil G5 reduce its effectiveness?

 

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LIDAR is an acronym for LIght Detection And Ranging.   A police laser emits a highly focused beam of invisible light, in the near infrared region of light, that is centered at 904nm of wavelength and is only about 22 inches (56cm) in diameter at 1000 feet (300m). Unlike RADAR, which directly determines a vehicle’s speed by measuring its doppler shift, police laser-lidar calculates speed by observing the changing amount of time is takes to “see” reflected pulses of light over a discreet amount of time.

 police lidar/laser beamvehicle laser cross section

Veil is a stealth technology which works by absorbing those light pulses (much the same way sunglasses work) which makes it harder on the guns to see their reflected pulses. The most reflective parts of an automobile or motorcycle are its headlights and license plates.  By treating them with Veil G5, the remaining and less reflective parts that are not treated don’t give the guns the amount of reflection they require at given distances to obtain a speed reading. 

traffic speed laser hud sight reticule

 

Veil is not marketed as a “jam to gun” solution (attempting to prevent a speed reading at every and all distances even at point-blank range) and operates on an entirely different principle than active laser jammers (which will be discussed below).  The product is intended to afford the motorist some additional time in many cases to safely slow down whilst being targeted to safely avoid a potential speed ticket.  Being a stealth product that is effective at absorption on the parts of the vehicle that are treated, the amount of additional reaction time provided will vary (as is the case with all countermeasures) accordingly based upon a variety of factors including the vehicle type, color, velocity, type of police lidar gun, and initial targeting distance.  For those interested in experiencing how Veil works in the real-world please visit our Veil testimonials page.

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What is IR photo enforcement and how can Veil G5 defend against it?

New forms of automated photo enforcementincluding red light cameras, speed cameras, automatic number plate recognition and multi-lane traffic flow (tailgating) monitoring systemsare becoming more prevalent. These systems, which initially relied on visible flash photography had difficulty operating reliably at night and were a cause of distraction to other drivers when their bright flashes went off. Today’s newer and more sophisticated systems, however, employ digital IR (infrared) imaging and IR flash photography for effective 24/7 operation without distraction (or easy identification, for that matter).

LTI’s TruFlash, IR Photo

Fortunately, Veil G5 contains broadband IR absorbing materials which not only effectively absorb police laser (lidar) and scanning LIDAR at 904nm, but also provide broader IR absorption to make number plates harder to read by IR imaging systems.

 
PA Retroreflective License Plate Untreated and Treated with Veil

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What are ALPR systems and how does Veil G5 help enhance my identity?

Automatic license plate recognition systems are other forms of mass-surveillance that continue to gain popularity with law enforcement. If you have ever spotted a police vehicle with strange looking black boxes mounted on the trunk/boot you’ve likely witnessed their use.

These systems constantly scan license plates and are capable of performing instant-background checks of the vehicle’s registered owner of record. According to the ACLU these systems are being used to track and indefinitely store, in vast databases, the movements of millions of innocent motorists with little or no restrictions to protecting our privacy rights.

Like redlight and speed camera photo enforcement, the trend continues to move towards IR imaging, and that’s actually good for motorists who use Veil as the new patented formula makes your number plates more difficult to be precisely identified and read by those systems.

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What are “intelligent traffic violation systems” and how can Veil G5 enhance my privacy?

A company by the name of Ekin Technology has developed and is currently marketing a collection of mass surveillance systems which include network-connected fixed and mobile plate recognition systems—utilizing speed detection and automated photo-enforced ticket issuance (all without a traffic stop)—as well as vehicle tracking systems all using IR video imaging.

These Orwellian police-state like systems are currently being tested by police in the town of Kissimmee, Florida.

Defend your privacy from these offensive systems by incorporating Veil G5 Stealth Coating into your arsenal of countermeasures.

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What is “force multiplier” law enforcement and how can Veil G5 protect my civil liberties?

 

We’ve already discussed ALPR technology used in recognition systems and how Veil G5 can defend against it. However there are far more troubling aspects related to this technology. In fact, law enforcement refers to it as a game-changing force multiplier that has implications far beyond mere traffic enforcement. Like other systems that are touted as enhancing public safety, the price these systems are exacting on our individual civil liberties is exceedingly high, not to mention the significant that is revenue generated.

ELSAG North America has been selling a comprehensive ALPR-based system, called the MPH-900, to law enforcement agencies all-around the country and chances are you’ve probably been surveilled by this system and not even know it.

Each police vehicle that is equipped with the system has the ability to scan approximately 900-1800 plates per minute, using digital IR illumination and imaging, plate recognition software, always-on network communication, and (most troubling) a real-time cross-checking system that scans many databases including those which have nothing to do with a driver’s MVA (motor vehicle abstract) or driving record.

These systems instantaneously run comprehensive searches on what ELSAG refers to “hot lists” or national databases relating to:

  • Suspended or revoked licenses
  • Suspended or lapsed registration and insurance coverage
  • Commercial motor vehicle and CDL information
  • Outstanding Parking Violations
  • Tax records & outstanding fine collection information
  • Other information (not publicly disclosed)

That last item listed is especially troubling and suggests a lack of transparency by those charged with law-enforcement. When the MPH-900 finds a “hit,” it alerts the officer with an alarm in real-time while the vehicle being surveilled is in close proximity. These systems are also being used for the purposes of amassing huge amounts of information relating to travel patterns of countless law-abiding citizens throughout the world amounting to a hidden globalized police-state.

All of this “force-multiplying” technology performs these tasks in real-time and without the individual’s knowledge. According to ELSAG production literature online, these systems are currently being used by hundreds of agencies across all 50 states. ELSAG also states that “a network of fixed ALPR systems, which can be mounted to structures such as bridges and overpasses, as well as mobile ALPR systems, which are mounted to police vehicles, helps keep a tight watch on cities, ports, borders and other sensitive areas.”

What the literature fails to mention is that they are being using on the public roadways and parking lots—not exactly sensitive areas. It’s safe to assume that this technology will reach into other databases for the purposes of even more real-time background checking at a wholesale level.

Given frequent news reports of hacking that is taking place, it is safe to assume your very sensitive personal data, may be subject to unauthorized seizure these hackers. That is a very sobering thought.

Perhaps there will be legal challenges to these over-reaching practices and the ACLU is currently reviewing its options. In the meantime, these systems are here now in the US and certainly in other countries that don’t even have citizen-protecting documents or charters, as Our Constitution.

In 1755 (Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor, Tue, Nov 11, 1755), Benjamin Franklin wrote:

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Perhaps it’s safe to say that Philadelphia-based Ben Franklin—had he been living today—would be a Veil G5 Stealth Coating user.

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Should I use VEIL G5 stealth coating with a radar detector?

Yes!

And for those interested in seeking protection from police laser (LIDAR) traffic enforcement it is essential that you do so.

Radar detectors when used alone provide little or no advanced warning to laser. By the time you hear your radar detector’s laser alert your speed has likely already been clocked.

If you were driving significantly above the posted speed limit, you’d likely be pulling out your license and registration cards.

When driving with the added protection of VEIL G5 Stealth Coating, your radar detector will actually also serve to protect you from police laser.

Using VEIL G5 you will have more reaction time to safely slow down and avoid a laser speeding ticket!

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What is scanning LIDAR, and why do I need Veil G5 for protection from it?

Scanning LIDAR is now being implemented as a means of traffic enforcement and is as much of a treat to us motorists as are the fixed, variable, or random pulse rate police laser guns.

Vitronic’s PoliScanspeed has been being deployed internationally for some time. The technology is heavily used throughout the Middle East including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It’s being deployed in parts of Australia and New Zealand and has garnered favor more recently in a number of northern and eastern European countries including Poland, Belarus, Estonia, Czech Republic, and Russia. Another recent addition to the international marketplace is JENOPTIK and its Robot TraffiStar S350.

Both companies have recently established a presence in North America, so motorists need to be aware that this technology is now appearing here. Maryland’s state highway authority has been using mobile forms of these mass surveillance photo-enforcement systems in construction zones such as those of I-95.

Unlike conventional police lidar, both the Vitronic PoliScanspeed and JENOPTIK Robot TraffiStar S350 use scanning lidar to quickly surveil multiple lanes at close range and with extremely tight vertical “lines” of IR laser (in much in the same way as does a barcode scanner).

Scanning LIDAR utilizes contour detection to automatically classify and differentiate vehicle types such as trucks from passenger vehicles. This enables enforcement for different speed limits based on vehicle class – even across different lanes in high traffic areas – as well as lane usage restrictions.

They allow for accurate measurement of speed and following distances, and may be effectively used around sharp bends and cresting hills — something that has been difficult to achieve with conventional police lidar guns. Not only can these systems clock vehicle speeds, they can also identify tail-gaiters, track vehicles changing lanes, and monitor high-occupancy vehicle lane usage.

Because PoliScanspeed and TraffiStar S350 lidar pulsed emissions scan many vehicles simultaneously and in only milliseconds, this makes it extremely difficult for most radar detectors to detect them. One radar detector that has done an exceptional job, however, is the Valentine 1.

Because the technology is specifically designed to work at high cosine angles, and employs an IR laser-beam which is extremely thin, narrow, and “sweeping” at a rate that at any one location is not present long-enough, it can not be effectively countered actively with an active laser countermeasure (ie; jammer or parking sensor). Consequently, laser jammers are struggling to defeat these systems. Tickets are automatically issued using photo evidence of the vehicle’s license or number plate.

The good news is that this technology plays right into Veil’s strengths.

Veil G5 combats this technology on two levels:

  1. Veil passively absorbs these extremely brief pulse-rate vertical line lasers patterns completely and immediately (no latency)
  2. Veil absorbs digital imaging in the IR range that is used for photographic and video evidence gathering

The technology of the future is here now.

Be prepared for it with Veil G5.

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Does Veil G5 work on motorcycles?

Absolutely!

In fact, Veil performs especially well with motorcycles!

Because motorcycles already have the advantage of a lower level of laser reflectivity (laser cross-section) as compared to an automobile or SUV, when Veil G5 is utilized, the residual laser cross section (what is required to get a speed reading) becomes very little.

Stealth-to-Gun with Laser Veil Stealth Coating only, on a Motorcycle

We do recommend that riders wear dark clothing (leather, of course) and a dark helmet, and we also believe it is entirely feasible that if you own a bike you may be able to realize good results simply with Veil G5 and a decent radar detector. Before deciding to invest in an active system our suggestion would be to first try this combination to see if it provides adequate protection in your areas of travel.

Using Veil G5 in conjunction with your preferred jammer would naturally be the ultimate configuration for defense from police laser, scanning lidar, and IR photo enforcement.

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Do I need Veil G5 if I already own a laser jammer?

Yes!

Some laser jammer companies and their owners have claimed that Veil is unnecessary if you already own a laser jammer, however the reality is that NO laser jammer, in fact, no countermeasure alone is infallible — especially against today’s latest “unjammable” police lasers that are increasingly becoming the preferred means for speed enforcement.

Some of the newest laser guns that are:

  • Digital Alley/Laser Alley SpeedLidar
  • DragonEye Technology SpeedLidar
  • DragonEye Compact
  • Stalker XLR
  • TruSpeed SX & SXR
  • Laser Atlanta Torch
  • Kustom ProLaser 4

Veil G5 is a next evolution countermeasure, called counter-detection, and should be a part of every serious driver’s countermeasure arsenal.

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How does Veil G5 improve laser jamming performance?

Through a “defense in depth” strategy

Even using the most capable laser jammers, if either head-alignment or leveling is off even slightly, jamming efficiency can drop dramatically putting you at serious risk. When a laser jammer fails to perform, instant punch-throughs (IPTs) can occur at any distance — even from very far away.

Like with motorcycles, Veil G5 Stealth Coating improves laser jamming performance by reducing your vehicle’s overall reflective laser signature (the military calls this laser cross-section). This makes it much easier for your laser jammer to work effectively. In fact, by using Veil G5, you may also be able to reduce the number of jamming heads you would otherwise require and still achieve superior performance.

For example, instead of needing a three head system for the front, you may only require a two head or even a single head (above the center front plate area). In other words, you can actually get better protection for LESS MONEY and still achieve superior results with a defense in depth approach.

Why take the chance of relying solely on a laser jammer that costs hundreds to even thousands of dollars? Get additional insurance — inexpensive by comparison — by incorporating Veil G5 into your countermeasure arsenal.

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What are variable and random pulse-rate police laser (LIDAR)?

 

Stalker XLR

Ever since the first police laser gun from LTI made its appearance in the early 1990s, the technology has utilized fixed pulse-rate IR lasers. The reflections of these highly focused IR beam pulses are measured to calculate the speed of a vehicle being targeted.

Laser jammers work by destructively interfering with those fixed pulses of light in such a manner as to prevent a speed reading. For example if a lidar gun fired at a fixed-pulse rate of 120PPS (pulses per second), a laser jammer would send its own pulses at a certain rate that was timed synched with the pulse rate it detected. Such systems employ algorithms to “predict” the appropriate time to transmit their pulses to throw the guns off and for more than a decade a number of models have been largely successful at doing so.  As a consequence , laser jamming has grown world-wide.

New LTI TruSpeed SXB w/ Bluetooth Smartphone Integration

But technology used in this cat and mouse game has continued to evolve as well.  Today, police laser guns are being manufactured specifically to defeat laser jammers and nearly all models are being rendered entirely ineffective as if one were driving without any countermeasure at all. When confronted, jammers won’t even alert to these new guns. The reason? LIDAR manufacturers are now designing their police lasers to employ either variable pulse rate (continuously changing) or random pulse rates (continuously changing without a clearly identifiable pattern) which make the jammer incapable of accurately predicting when to send their own destructive pulses.

DragonEye Compact

This has been presenting a serious hardship for the laser jammer manufacturers and the motorists who rely upon them for some time now. Whether or not laser jammer manufacturers will be able to defeat this new technology or not one thing is for sure, Veil G5 will continue to be an effective defense against them. Veil G5 is a stealth countermeasure that works on the principle of absorption. No matter what the pulse rates that are used against a driver, Veil will always absorb them.

Furthermore, these new guns are very very good a detecting jamming attempts. Even the most capable jammers today consistently cause jam codes to appear on the laser guns alerting the officer to their use. What this means is even if you are successful at your jamming attempt, the officer will know that you were interfering with his or her ability to get a speed reading and my be subject to a stop on that basis alone.  This is especially problematic for the motorist who is operating the jammer in an area that has outlawed or banned them.  Currently there are a good number of states in the U.S. that have already done so as there are a good number of countries that have as well.

Laser Ally Speed Lidar

Once again, Veil works to your advantage. Since Veil is not destructively and actively attempting to interfere with police laser, your vehicle will simply be harder to target than another unprotected vehicle and will appear that way to the targeting officer. This happens normally depending on its shape, color, and size. Darker black and pointier cars are harder to target than say a large metallic silver mini-van or SUV.

However in any event, Veil G5 will not produce jam codes.

You can read more about the specifics of these new lasers, here.

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Can Veil G5 really outperform laser jammers?

Yes, in a growing number of circumstances.

Most laser jammer companies don’t want to admit it, but the fact is that police laser gun manufacturers have begun taking active laser countermeasures very seriously for the last ten years and are succeeding more and more at defeating laser jammers.

 

Dragon Eye Compact: Latest Firmware with ECCM (Electronic Counter Counter Measures) (ie: Jammer Defeater)

We touched on this in the preceding question and we will elaborate a bit further here.

It is our understanding that a number of laser gun manufacturers employ staff dedicated to frequently purchasing laser jammers and parking sensors for the explicit purposes of studying them and developing firmware for their police laser guns (which traffic enforcement departments can themselves update easily) — this for the specific purpose of defeating the jammer’s own firmware.

The newest lasers have the ability to record and store a jammer’s interference attempts (successful or not) and this information may then later be reviewed by their manufacturers with the expressed intent of defeating new jammers or jamming algorithms that appear as software updates. The traffic enforcement departments using these guns are actually being trained to send those guns back to the manufacturer for analysis and frequent firmware updating. This is a new dynamic that we motorists face today.

Dragon Eye Compact: Mfg Data October 2014

Even more disconcerting is that the latest generation of police laser guns is incorporating variable pulse-rate and random pulse-rate algorithms that no longer can be defeated by jammers simply using static look-up tables (a technology that is quickly becoming obsolete). Consequently, if confronted by one of these new police lasers, jammers that rely solely on static look-up tables are basically rendered useless. Not only don’t they jam, they don’t alert! The result is that a speed reading will be obtained instantly by the officer regardless of your distance. This is referred to as “instant-punch through” or IPT, and for that reason, we recommend that you always use a radar detector that has exceptional laser sensitivity in conjunction of course, with Veil G5 resulting in a defense-in-depth or multi-tiered layer of protection.

Some of the newer laser guns that are employing variable and random pulse rates are:

  • Digital Alley/Laser Alley SpeedLidar
  • DragonEye Technology SpeedLidar
  • DragonEye Compact
  • Stalker XLR
  • LTI TruSpeed SX & SXR, TruCAM

In an increasing number of states and countries, laser jammers are being outlawed. It is our understanding that in Texas, for example, if you are caught with one, it is considered a misdemeanor — an “offense” that is more serious than a summary traffic violation. So there is an increasing risk versus reward for their use in such regions.

As touched upon earlier, what makes it even more dicey is the fact that laser jammers are more producing jam codes on a more regular basis. Jammer manufacturers have not been very successful at remedying this. What that means is that even if you shut them off, the officer will already know you were using them.

Fortunately, since Veil G5 works on a principle entirely different than that of active laser jamming, it doesn’t produce jam codes. To the officer, it will simply appear that your vehicle is more difficult to target — something which actually can occur normally anyway as each vehicle has different amounts of reflectivity. As a result, you should be much less conspicuous.

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How does Veil Protect against headlight UV damage and oxidation damage?

Several ways.

Veil not only absorbs IR but it also absorbs portions of solar UV. Long-term UV light exposure coupled with oxidation often causes the breakdown of the matrix of newer composite plastic headlight housings resulting in the unsightly yellowing, pitting, and clouding of headlights that you will routinely see with vehicles.

Photo courtesy of Ken Rockwell

When Veil G5 is applied to your headlights, a hardy protective IR, UV, and oxidation barrier is created which will significantly slow this deterioration process.

Think of Veil G5 as sunscreen for your vehicle.

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How do I apply Veil G5 to my vehicle?

Veil G5 is a water-borne transparent acrylic latex polymer coating that is applied with a foam brush (included). VEIL is easily applied to the most reflective surfaces of your automotive vehicle including its headlights, fog lights, brake lights, directional indicators, and number plate areas.

A single application is sufficient to effectively cover these areas.

Note: Veil G5 can now safely be applied directly to your license/number plate however, we recommend applying Veil to a clear license plate cover as blocking performance tends to improve while be more discreet in appearance.  Veil can be thinned with water to allow lighter coatings to be applied either with the brushes provided or with an airbrush.  Two light coats tend to perform better than one heavier coat.  We’ve experimented and have found that coating the front and the back of a clear plate cover or applying a light coat directly to the plate coupled with a light coating on a plate cover provides potentially better blocking efficiency while being less noticeable to the naked eye.

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What does Veil G5 look like on my vehicle?

The coating is transparent and appears neutral grey in color.

While we are always evolving Veil to be lighter and less noticeable with each subsequent version, currently G5 is not colorless.  Care must be utilized to not over apply it.  More is not necessarily better.  If properly applied G5 should not be that noticeable on the headlight to an untrained eye.  If your application looks too dark in appearance, you’ve likely over applied it and used more than what was required to be effective.

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Does VEIL defeat traffic radar?

No.

VEIL is a police laser and infrared (light) photo enforcement countermeasure. Traffic enforcement radar works on an entirely different principle.

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