The team uses a variety of equipment - some of which is especially designed for paranormal research and some that is specially constructed or modified to suit requirements. Due to the amount of information that is not currently known or proven about the phenomenon of ghosts, we believe it is essential to monitor as much as possible in order to obtain data which may assist in providing answers.
The list below is by no means complete but will provide some insight as to what we may take on an investigation. We may also work with Affiliates
on some investigations, pooling resources and enabling more data to be collected.
INFRARED SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS
These are interfaced into the DVR system, with inbuilt infrared light emitting diodes they send out infrared light to which the cameras are sensitive to but is invisible to the human eye. Wired and wireless models are used dependent on site conditions.
Motion detectors can be used in two ways - assisting to make a controlled location to ensure human interference can be detected or it can indicate movement where there's no reason for it. We utilise both Passive Infrared and Ultrasonic detectors, some modified to suit our requirements. Some cameras on the DVR may also be set to motion detection mode allowing recording and/or alarm triggering from changes in visual light.
A range of X-10 equipment may be used to allow control of mains devices such as lights and appliances. The DVR computer also contains software that can also take control or monitor any X-10 enable devices including PIR detectors. Alternatively this can also be configured to allow control and monitoring from a remote location.
STILL AND VIDEO CAMERAS
A range of still and video cameras are used including the two items displayed here. The Finepix F30 camera (left) was voted the best low light compact camera in 2006 - capable of shooting at ISO3200 at 6.3 megapixels it can minimise the necessity for a flash. Camcorders with nightshot functions are also used and their abilities may be enhanced with the addition of infrared illuminators like the one at right.
Assorted infrared illuminators are used to enhance night vision devices such as night scopes, nightshot camcorders and IR surveillance cameras. The spotlight (at left) is a rechargeable 5,000,000 candle power spotlight modified so it can emit either normal or invisible infrared light.
NIGHT VISION EQUIPMENT
Night vision equipment such as monoculars, scopes, binoculars and goggles which incorporate light intensifying tubes and infrared illumination allow the observation of otherwise dark locations.
These can often benefit from the addition of extra infrared light provided by infrared illuminators and torches.
PORTABLE POWER PACKS
Whilst it's always preferable to have mains power available when and where required, it doesn't always work that way.
The need for portable power is evident at most investigations and a range of 12 volt packs are often used, as well as 240 volt inverters providing mains power when it is otherwise not available.
THERMAL LASER THERMOMETERS
Thermal laser thermometers are used to monitor temperature fluctuations.
Electro Magnetic Field detectors are used to detect changes in the electromagnetic field which some believe may indicate paranormal activity. Others believe fields of natural origin may influence human perception of activity.
- KII Meter with modification
- Holaday HI-3604 LF Field Meter measuring electric and magnetic fields
- TriField Natural EM Meter with modification
, measuring natural and electric fields .5-10,000Hz
- The "Ghost Meter"
- Cell Sensor
- Mel-8704 Meter Pro Navigator
measuring temperature and EMF simultaneously.
Some of the above meters have been modified to enable data logging and we often also incorporate dedicated EMF sensors on data logging equipment.
A range of monitoring equipment may be used to accurately record environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, dewpoint, barometric pressure, rainfall, wind speed, wind direction and altitude.
Data is collected from multiple points and relayed back to the control station where it is charted against time and monitored for any fluctuations. Some people believe there may be fluctuations in temperature and barometric pressure when paranormal activity is experienced.
DVR SYSTEMS & COMPUTERS
The central control computer used at investigations is designed to match the needs of a particular site. It often incorporates a Digital Video Recording Surveillance system. Multiple computers are available enabling simultaneous investigations to take place. The DVR systems can record up to 16 cameras continually for well over 24 hours, this is extended considerably if less cameras are used or any camera is placed in motion detection mode.
The computers also provide for transferring data from digital cameras and audio devices on site, controlling X-10 equipment, recording data from environmental sensors and logging reported events into the system. Once set up the system may be monitored or controlled remotely if an internet connection is available. This allows for the control of cameras, X-10 and environment monitoring equipment off site, as well as the broadcasting
of all data to a remote location.
The GRI Portal
is also often utilised to provide live streaming as well as remote access to the GRID - our central database. This allows team members and affiliates
to work in unison when required and at times allows the public the opportunity to share in our research from anywhere around the world.
THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS
A range of thermal cameras may be used including the Marconi Argus 2
, SAT S160, FLIR ThermaCam E45
, Testo 880-3 V4
, Fluke TiR32
For instruments which do not provide a data logging function (such as the K-II & TriField EMF Meters) we like to interface them to dedicated loggers which may also provide live monitoring at the control desk. The MultiLog PRO
at left is a portable logger which provides up to 8 simultaneous inputs and over 65 different sensors are available from the manufacturer to monitor a huge range of parameters.
TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY LOGGERS
HIOKI 3651-20 kit of 8 temperature and humidity loggers
. These are placed at various points to monitor for any changes throughout an investigation.
SE International 4 Nuclear/X-Ray Monitor which monitors Alpha, Beta, Gamma and X-ray radiation.
The Svantek 912A Sound Vibration Analyser monitoring sub-sonic noise in the frequencies of 1 Hz to 20 kHz.
The TSI 8520 DustTrak Airborne Particle Monitor measuring the quantity and size of dust particles.
AIR QUALITY MONITOR
The TSI Q-Trak plus Indoor Air Quality Monitor records temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide levels.
As previously mentioned we do specially construct or modify items to suit our requirements - at left is a remote unit which includes infrared camera, additional IR illuminator, ultra violet and red lights - all controlled via wireless remote. A single connection is all that's required to power the unit. The camera can pan through 300 degrees and the lights switched on or dimmed from the control desk. The ultra violet and red lights are for testing at the edges of the visible spectrum which some believe may provide a greater chance of capturing an image. Seances of old were often held in red lighting for this reason. Remote environment sensors may also be used on the unit to send data such as temperature, humidity and pressure readings wirelessly to the control desk.
At right is another item modified to our requirements, POI data related to ghost research may be added to many car navigation products but some can also be "unlocked" so they also operate as a PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant - sometimes called a handheld computer or palmtop computer). This expands their capabilities enormously while still having full G.P.S. functionality.
Details of some modifications can be found in the GRI Forum
or appear below.
KII EMF Meter Modification
TriField Natural EM Meter - digital meter modification
Car Navigation product mods
A range of ancillary equipment is often used such as audio recording devices, 2 way radios etc... along with lot's of batteries, cables and coffee as required!
We utilise and recommend equipment from
suppliers of state-of-the-art scientific monitoring
equipment, some of which appears above.