Does PocketHound identify callers or their phone numbers?
No. PocketHound Cell Detector is a precision RF cellular scanning device that identifies cellphone activity (both standby mode and active modes) and assists in locating them. It is a wireless tool used by security officers and personnel that require a NO WIRELESS security policy.
How far away can I detect cell phones?
Typical range is about 75 feet but this varies depending upon the environment.
How long does PocketHound operate on a full charge?
Typical runtime is 2 hours.
Does the intensity of the vibration correspond to signal strength or distance from a phone?
No, the vibration of the Pockethound remains constant regardless of the signal strength.
Can I detect phones in standby mode?
PocketHound can detect phones in the standby mode but keep in mind when a phone is ON in standby it is not constantly transmitting. Phones register to the local cell tower/base station at different intervals that the tower/carrier determines (could be every so many seconds, minutes, 5 minutes, or we have seen 20 minutes). When a phone registers it is a short pulse less than 1 sec so the BLUE LED will light up quickly and vibrator will not vibrate because the pulse is so short. Easy test is if you take your phone and put it next to PocketHound and shut off your phone completely wait a few minutes then turn the phone on your phone should try to register to the base station and you should see a short flash on the pockethound.
Will PocketHound work in a noisy RF environment?
Yes. PocketHound has an auto threshold feature that scans the local RF noise floor in order to identify cell phone energy just above that level. Auto threshold may also be manually adjusted by the user.
Does PocketHound Cell Detector detect phones that are powered off?
No. A phone that is turned off cannot be detected by PocketHound.
Can PocketHound detect text messaging as well as voice calls?
Yes; as long as the RF transmissions are made over the prescribed frequency band(s) the PocketHound receiver will detect them. However, since text transmissions tend to be short and intermittent (as opposed to voice or conversation which is more continuous), the user would have to pay undivided attention to the PocketHound alerts to catch text messaging activity.
Can PocketHound only detect cell phones or can it locate them as well ? If so, how?
PocketHound can both detect and help locate cell phones. The internal antenna has some directionality built-in along with a series of visible LED signal strength indicators on top of the PocketHound. This gives the user the ability to hone in on the nearest cell phone activity without having to move closer to that cell phone. PocketHound does not peform true direction finding. If you need to locate active but hidden cell phones, ask your BVS salesperson about Wolfhound-PRO.
Can PocketHound stimulate a cell phone to transmit RF signals?
No, PocketHound only detects RF signals; to stimulate a cell phone it would have to transmit RF signals, which would violate FCC regulations and guidelines.
Can PocketHound track phone numbers or IMEI codes?
No, PocketHound only detects RF signals.
Can PocketHound units be networked together?
Currently, the PocketHound is available as a stand-alone, pocket-sized unit only.