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A few years ago, while I was out of town, DC experienced an atypical torrential rainfall. Upon my return, I was greeted with a basement that still had about six inches of standing water in several spots; there wasn't a dry section of the entire floor. In the end, the basement had to be completely remediated given the mold and water damage - an event that cost me just shy of $7,000 since I had no flood insurance. Needless ...more »
I came across an interesting initiative happening in Europe: the SECRET Project, which is aimed at security of railways against electromagnetic attacks. It's worth checking out, not only in regard to what they plan to accomplish, but also in regard to how the project is governed and structured. They've divided the project into eight issues areas: 1. Threat analysis and risk assessment 2. Static protection 3. Monitoring ...more »
What type of biometric fabrics and sensors can be integrated with responder uniforms and personal protective equipment in order to track and communicate responder health? - What will the technology achieve? - How can health data be transmitted among responders? Between responders and dispatch? Between responders and incident command? - What environmental factors (temperature, moisture, etc.) do devices need to be able ...more »
Here is an interesting paper on how people psychologically react to robots. Important factors when considering integrating robotics into homeland security and public safety...
Robotics are becoming more sophisticated. How can these technologies best be used?