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Cablegate: Blue Lantern: Response to Pre-License End Use

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 202806

1. PolOff made appropriate enquiries concerning license
05-970107. Through telephone contact with Ergonomics
Technologies (Ergotech) company technician Karen Bredenkamp,
PolOff learned that Ergotech is a research-oriented business
that examines the effects of vibration on the human body.
Ergotech's client base consists primarily of the South
African National Defense Forces (SANDF) and mining companies.
Bredenkamp explained that Ergotech uses its equipment to
study vibrations emanating from equipment such as aircraft,
tanks, and mining carts, and the resultant effects upon
people working in that environment.

2. During a November 23 site visit, Ergotech Executive
Manager Jan Ryno Smith confirmed to PolOff that Ergotech did
place the order in question. Smith produced a folder with
all relevant documents, including the DSP 83 Nontransfer and
Use Certificate. Smith then showed PolOff around the
facility, including demonstrations of Ergotech's existing
telemetry transmitter, which Smith stated was close to being
obsolete. Smith noted that the order in question was one of
the few systems they found that could detect vibrations in
the 0-80 Hz range, which is the range evaluated by Ergotech
for its clients.

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3. COMMENT: Smith was credible and forthcoming, and
acknowledged understanding of his responsibilities in regard
to potential transfer of this order. Mission assesses that
the likelihood of diversion of the order is negligible, given
Ergotech's need for the equipment to conduct its research
into the effects of vibrations on human workers. END

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