The newly-launched ANDRE Advanced Near-field Detection Receiver from Research Electronics International is helping prevent fraud at exam testing sites. Commonly used for counter surveillance operations and intelligence protection, the ANDRE is now also helping educators prevent cheating during examinations by detecting covert electronic transmissions.
According to news reports out of Brazil*, eleven individuals were arrested last year for using electronic devices during the high-profile National High School Examination (ENEM). This year, the Ministry of Education will be using ANDRE to locate and identify participants who attempt to use electronic devices during the exam and may have circumvented inspection by metal detectors.
The Brazilian Minister of Education is quoted as saying “Our goal is to combat the electronic points that, unfortunately, are still used in high-profile exams such as ENEM.” According to the Brazilian Federal Police, more investing is being done to repress fraud, stating that “there are now almost imperceptible electronic points. As organized crime increases, we will also introduce new security solutions.”
Recent news reports have illustrated that exam fraud is also a growing problem in India:
- 4 held for cheating in SSC exam
- Google drive, bluetooth, micro camera: How wife ‘helped’ IPS officer cheat in exams
And the UK:
- Calls for ‘airport-style’ searches of students before exams following Telegraph investigation
- More university students are using tech to cheat in exams
The ANDRE is a hand-held broadband receiver that detects and assists in locating nearby RF and other types of transmitters, including mobile phones. Antenna probes included with the ANDRE can be used to search for known, unknown, illegal, disruptive, or interfering electronic transmitters. Hidden electronic devices are easily concealed in a variety of objects and access to eavesdropping and electronic bugging devices is becoming easier and more affordable. The ANDRE provides mobile RF search capability to help locate these hidden transmitters quickly and discretely.
If you would like more information on the ANDRE for the purpose of detecting fraud at exam testing sites, contact REI for more information.
*Segurança do exame será reforçada com detectores de ponto eletrônico
Governo vai usar aparelho de contrainteligência para evitar fraudes no Enem 2017
Detectores de ponto eletrônico vão reforçar segurança do Enem 2017
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