Sunday, April 20, 2014

Vodafone Instant Network Mini

A 24-pound mobile network - a satellite connection enables five concurrent calls within a 330-foot radius and thousands of text messages.

FloodWatch App


Link to the App.  The American Red Cross also recently released a need flooding App.


Growth Areas for Engineers - Survival of the Fightest

Bringing tech to the disaster world of prediction, protection, and response could be big business this century.  The "perfect storm" of more frequent, more intense, and less predictable weather events and natural disasters will have organizations and communities looking to engineers for innovation.

Group your thinking by the following categories and needs:

Area of Engineering
Goal
Examples of Technology
Prediction
Disaster detection – issuing warnings from minutes to hours.
Advanced GPS, sensors, monitors, networks, drones, etc.
Protection
Diminish the impacts of storms and climate change – design for resilience with faster recovery times.
Tunnel plugs, absorptive pavement/streets, storm resistant windows/materials, flood gates, storm surge barriers, etc.
Response
Helping first responders – better equipment to move in faster with greater impact.
Drones/UAVs, mobile networks, solar traffic lights, heartbeat detectors, advanced communication, etc.