Movie theaters, Navy Seals and coatings

By Tim Wright | April 3, 2007

Don't you hate it when you've gone out to watch a movie, have settled into your seat and as the lights dim, you are anxiously waiting for the show to begin with your popcorn and soda and from somewhere out of the darkness you are startled by…blip…blip…blip…blip……blip…blip…blip…blip.

A cell phone rings, echoing throughout the theater. I quote Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now, "The horror….the horror…"

Well, a coating solution may well be on the horizon. Recently, while scouring the web for new coatings technology information, I came across an interesting story. A U.S.-based company, EM-SEC Technologies, claims to have successfully tested its EM-SEC 2060 wireless-blocking paint. The new paint is designed for application as an interior surface coating to individual rooms or entire facilities to provide a secure "electromagnetic fortress," that prevents airborne hackers from intercepting signals.

The company has worked primarily with government and military customers for obvious reasons and has gathered some impressive validations from these groups. The company says that the coatings have been used by the Naval Surface Warfare Centre Crane Division, which tests technology for the Navy SEALS. In additon, the wireless-blocking paint is also approved as a TEMPEST countermeasure by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

While the coating system is currently beyond the realm of the regular consumer, EM-SEC hopes that the paint will eventually be useful in corporate offices, boardrooms, server and computer rooms and R&D labs or just about anywhere wireless intruders would not be welcome, like the movie theater.

In this issue

The April issue of Coatings World has a busy travel schedule. It's first stop is Baltimore, MD where Coatings World is a co-sponsor of "The Value of Color," CPMA's pigments conference this month.

Coatings World and its staff will then head to Nürnberg, Germany, for the European Coatings Show-the paint industry's leading exhibition both in terms of size and reputation. Check out our exhibitor guide (page 64) to find out what select companies have planned at their booth and the products/services they will be promoting.

Editorially, we are also covering a lot of ground this issue. You will find articles covering a range of topics from new developments in radiation-cured coatings, to resins, to lab equipment, just to name a few.

In addition, find out what Pittsburgh Paints' artistic director, Josette Buisson, has to say about the latest trends in color design and development in our color trend forecast. Also, Coatings World  correspondent Sean Milmo is once again on the REACH beat, offering comprehensive coverage of the EU's controversial legislation set to come into effect this June.

Tim Wright

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