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Audio Intelligence Devices

Audio Intelligence Devices (AID), today known as LEA-AID, is a US-based company in the field of security, surveillance and tracking equipment for the law enforcement and intelligence communi­ty, founded in 1972 by Jack Holcomb in Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA), and later acquired by Law Enforcement Associates Inc. (LEA). Since 2012, LEA-AID is located in Spring Hope (NC, USA) [1]. By their own account, they are the only US manufacturer of covert surveillance audio devices in disguised housings, which they supply to intelligence services like CIA and FBI, and to the Police.

LEA-AID company logo. Copyright LEA-AID [1]

The company was founded in 1972 by Jack Holcomb, a mysterious business man who initially ran the company out of offices at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida (USA). In 1992. AID was acquired by Westinghouse Electric, who later merged it with the activities of CBS which it had also acquired [2]. CBS sold the AID business to privately owned Liberty Associates Management Group L.C. (LAMG), a holding company owned by ex-Army officer Joseph Wortley. In 2004, the company was acquired by Law Enforcement Associates Inc. (LEA). In 2012, parent company LEA changed ownership and altered its name to LEA-AID. It is located in Spring Hope, North Carolina (USA).

LEA-AID devices on this website
Motion sensing tracking beaconb
LEA-AID covert listening device disguised as Motorola pager
TX-916 Body Transmitter 1W with scrambler
RX-905 analogue VHF surveillance receiver
RX-1000 digital VHF surveillance receiver
United 225 Intelligence kit (body transmitter and briefcase receiver)
Brid Dog 306XT vehicle tracking system
Known LEA-AID products
Below is a non-exhaustive list of products that were or are sold by AID. Additions and corrections to this list would be greatly appreciated.

Complete systems
Catalog Model Description
? aidVISION Live Link video surveillance
? UVIS Under Vehicle Inspection System
? Unitel 210 Complete covert listening system in briefcase
94567 Unitel 225 Complete covert listening system in briefcase
? Bird Dog 360XT Vehicle tracking system (RDF)
 
Legacy transmitters and receivers
99219 TX-602D Motion sensing tracking transmitter
? TX-610 Remote controlled motion sensing tracking transmitter
? TX-612 Remote controlled motion sensing tracking transmitter
? TX-715 250 mW body transmitter
95204 TX-716 250 mW body transmitter with scrambler
95202 TX-916 1 W body transmitter with scrambler
95202 TX-788 Lstening device disguised as Motorola pager (1992) (0.5W)
? RX-905 Analogue HF Surveillance Receiver
? RX-1000 Digital VHF Surveillance Receiver
99221 RX-360 Radio direction finder
96702 BXR-2202 VHF-VHF Repeater
 
Modern equipment
95072   Synthesized transmitter for concealment in ciagarette pack
97118   Baseball cap transmitter
95196   Transmitter concealed as garage door opener
97150   Transmitter concealed in Skoal tobacco can
97178   1 Watt synthesized transmitter with digital recorder (in Pelicase)
97179   Electronic scale transmitter
97180   Electronic scale transmitter with digital recorder
95081   Synthesized flying-lead audio transmitter
95098   Synthesized 1 Watt audio transmitter
96359   2 Watt tactical repeater in Pelicase
96360   Programmable Synthesized Repeater in Pelicase
96369   Portable 2 Watt repeater
96389   Book Bag Repeater
96771   Gym Bag Repeater
96370   Digital VHF surveillance reciver with transmitter in Pelicase
94504   Digital VHF surveillance receiver in Pelicase
AIO3.1   All-in-one GPS tracker
Frequency bands
AID recognises several frequency bands that can be used for covert listening devices (bugs) as listed below. Note that the default band is 2 (150-174 MHz). Equipment for other bands is available on request.

  1. 135 - 150 MHz
    Special order (secondary band), also 138-162 MHz
  2. 150 - 174 MHz
    Primary band (seclected as standard)
  3. 216 - 220 MHz
    Special order
  4. 400 - 470 MHz
    UHF repeaters
  5. 806 - 821 MHz
    Digital spread spectrum (BPSK)
  6. 851 - 869 MHz
    Body pack/wire (WFM)
  7. 902 - 928 MHz
    Digital spread spectrum (BPSK)
  8. 21 - 80 MHz
    Very-low-power WFM (special order only)
  9. 36 - 39 MHz
    Very-low-power WFM (not recommended)
  10. 80 - 200 kHz
    Line carrier bugs (not recommended)
  11. 30 - 700 kHz
    Spread spectrum current carrier bugs
  12. 1700 - 1900 MHz
    Video and audio bugs (DEA/DoJ)
  13. 2400 - 2484 MHz
    Video and audio bugs
Address
Former addresses
  • Westinghouse AID
    1400 NW 62nd Street
    Fort Lauderdale
    Florida 33309
    USA

  • AID
    12391 N.W. 39th St.
    Coral Springs
    Florida 33065
    USA

  • AID-NIA
    637 Jim Moran Blvd
    Dearfield Beach
    Florida 33442-1711
    USA
    www.aid-nia.com

  • LEA-AID
    1717 South Saunders St.
    Raleigh
    North Carolina 27603
    USA
Current address
  • LEA-AID
    Corporate office
    117 N. Ash St.
    Spring Hope
    North Carolina 27611
    USA
    Phone: +1 (0)919 872 6210
    www.leacorp.com
Related companies
  • Technos International
  • National Intelligence Academy (NIA)
Known customers
The company does not disclose who its customers are, but in [2] some of them are listed. The list is complemented by information from public sources and from former users.

Federal agencies
Law-enforcement
  • New York State Department of Correctional Services
  • Other US national police services

  • Other customers...
Timeline
  • 1972
    Founded by Jack Holcomb in Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA)
  • 1992
    Sold to Westinghouse Electric (later moved internally to CBS)
  • 1998
    Sold by CBS to Liberty Associates Managment Group L.C. 1
  • 2002
    Audio Intelligence Devices Inc.
  • 2004
    AID acquired by Law Enforcement Associates (LEA)
  • 2012
    LEA changed ownership, renamed LEA-AID
  1. Liberty Associates Managment Group L.C. (LAMG) was owned by ex-Army officer Joseph Wortley.

Documentation
  1. Covert Surveillance Equipment - 2019 Catalog
    LEA-AID, 2019.
References
  1. LEA-AID, Who We Are
    Corporate website. Visited 31 December 2023.

  2. M. Spy vs. Spy
    Cryptome, 15 May 2000.

  3. Anonymous, AID/NIA customer database
    Cryptome, 2 August 2002.

  4. Mike Murphy, Vintage Law Enforcement Surveillance Radio
    Presentation at the AWA Wireless Museum. 17 January 2024.
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