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How; Eagle rides on a single cable with a hoist mounted below it. Eagle drives itself along the cable (self-driven), it can turn, travel any distance and it does not require any platforms to be built to access it. The cable carries weight and provides DC electrical power for Eagle to run. Eagle is a mobile elevator that can lift materials, people and container cars just depends on your needs. For Homeland security ...more »
Every year, the USGS and NWS embark on an exercise to "rescue" streamflow and rainfall gauges from a list of gauges that are up for removal due to a lack of funding support. Inevitably, gauges with long-term observation records are not "rescued." This is very short-sided as we interrupt the observational record which prevents climate-scale calculations of seasonal stream flow values and rainfall extremes. Many times ...more »
As mentioned, there are many challenges to address in mass transit security. As security in DC has been enhanced over the last week, is the answer more K-9 resources? It seems that even the tightest of security won't be able to detect explosives in a backpack or chemical agents without the use of K-9 resources. But what are the drawbacks to this approach? Practical? Financial?
The National Conversation on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) leveraged your ideas on training and professional development, innovative incentives for research products to become commercially available, and coordination of operations among all relevant stakeholders in the bio/agro community. Now is your chance to submit these and other ideas in an NBAF prize competition! The NBAF Think and Do Challenge ...more »
Border protection; Rather than building walls we install small towers with two cables on either side. Put an Eagle on one side to travel back and forth. The second side is to turn around. Eagle can run on a single cable, has no batteries and can make turns. It can travel any distance over any type of terrain, just like the way our transmission lines move across our country. Eagle has a security system on top to ...more »
What are some of the most critical tools (technological and operational) that emergency managers need to make their jobs more routine and risk-informed?
As part of the “National Conversation” it strikes me that there are some interesting common reference points across each of the current seven discussion topics. Depending on how one looks at each of the topics, we could venture down a path of isolated, singular silo’d response to need or just maybe we could look at relevant research and technologies and assess the dual use implications to ensure a more comprehensive ...more »
The Internet of Things recognizes that everything can be connected. This may make things more complicated because there will be that much more data, not to mention more risk associated with dependencies on linked data. The Internet of Autonomous Things (IoAT) suggests the potential for more intelligent nodes existing at the edge (where the real data lives). If situations can be responded to at the edge, when they are ...more »
When Katrina struck I remember the images of survivors waving from their rooftops tops during the day and I got to thinking what do they do at night? Then it struck me, use the night to work reverse cycle. Basically let's improve how the 12 of the 24 hours that are dark, are utilized. With new technologies like drones & smart phones we can do much better than SOS which was first recognized in 1905. SOS only tells you ...more »