Local Company’s Sonic Device Used In ‘Occupy’ Protests

by on January 4, 2012 · 5 comments

in Civil Rights, San Diego

 LRAD Corporation Says Sales Of Sonic Blaster Are Booming

10News.com /  January 3, 2012

Business is booming for a San Diego company that is making its presence felt – and heard – at protests, including the “Occupy” movement.

The LRAD, or long-range acoustic device, is the creation of the LRAD Corporation, which is based in Carmel Mountain and employs about 40 employees.   The device was initially used the military on ships and vehicles to issue warnings. Now, the LRAD is being used by law enforcement during “Occupy” protests.

Unlike a normal loudspeaker, the LRAD can create a concentrated beam of sound. A message from an LRAD could clearly be heard from a distance about the length of a football field. The clarity also extends a distance 10 times longer.

 “It can be used to prevent a situation from getting to where there’s violence involved,” said Nancho Lopez, the vice president of product development at LRAD Corporation. “The LRAD isn’t used to hurt anybody. It’s used to communicate a message clearly.”

 About 100 law enforcement agencies now have a sonic cannon, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

LRAD’s revenues in fiscal year 2011 were up 57 percent to $26 million.

However, questions of safety continue to linger. A professor has filed a lawsuit claiming permanent hearing damage while at a 2009 Pittsburgh protest of the G-20 summit, where a LRAD device was used.   When asked how sure he was that the LRAD does not cause permanent damage, Lopez replied, “I’m very confident.”

Company engineers said sound levels are kept under the federal standards that could cause permanent hearing damage.

Other uses for the device include search and rescue along with emergency response. It was used after Hurricane Katrina to inform flood victims.

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avatar jim grant January 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm

HUH …what did you say ??? …..

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avatar Lois January 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

Isn’t this just too wonderful? Tell me again what Freedom means!

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avatar Lois January 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I said, this is really scary. What freedom do we have now?

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avatar Nunya January 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Issa used these at a town hall meeting on Health Care years ago. Lucky us, right here in San Diego country we get to be guinea pigs for the nifty toys that military contractors get rich on, wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

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avatar john January 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

” ”It can be used to prevent a situation from getting to where there’s violence involved,” said Nancho Lopez, the vice president of product development at LRAD Corporation. “The LRAD isn’t used to hurt anybody. It’s used to communicate a message clearly.””

What a load of bull. How stupid do they assume we are? You aren’t heading off violence by merely communicating a message clearly- what message is that? “Please don’t bust open a can of whoopass!”? Doesn’t this thing work by projecting a painful, disorienting and incapacitating sound?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Long_Range_Acoustic_Device

Aparantly it can do both.

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