Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks and mini-drones were among the gadgets on display Tuesday at an exhibition of Israeli surveillance technology, offering a rare peek into the secretive world of Israeli espionage.
The expo was part of a conference promoting business partnerships between military and civilian industries. About two dozen Israeli companies — some of them founded by ex-intelligence officers — exhibited products used by militaries, police units and intelligence agencies in Israel and around the world.
It was the first such display of Israeli-made surveillance products in a non-covert setting in Israel, said Ron Kitrey, a retired Israeli military intelligence official who chaired the conference.
“It’s the tip of the iceberg, what we show here,” Kitrey said. “We would be irresponsible and stupid to show people the roots of the iceberg.”
A representative of Ametrine Technologies was showing off his company’s product — multi-spectral camouflage fatigues that make soldiers invisible to heat-sensing cameras. The Israeli company Pro4Tech in turn designs mini-cameras that shoot video, take photos and record audio that are hidden inside ordinary-looking objects, like a fake sprinkler, a fake soda can, a real pen, a necktie, and a coffee cup that contains a compartment for hot coffee.
Dolev Amit, a company representative, said it sells these gadgets to government agencies only, like the CIA and the FBI.
Participants at the conference included Israeli military, police and intelligence representatives, as well as military attaches and ambassadors of various countries. Representatives of the Jordanian army were also present.
Kitrey, the conference head, said he assumed “spooks and spies” of various countries interested in learning about Israeli technologies could also be present at the conference.