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April 25, 2017

MA-based robotics company, CyPhy Works has announced that its tethered drone, PARC, will be part of the safety and security measures used by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at the 2017 Boston Marathon.

by UAS Vision
MA-based robotics company, CyPhy Works has announced that its tethered drone, PARC, will be part of the safety and security measures used by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) at the 2017 Boston Marathon. PARC is an acronym that stands for Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications. That means that like many of the runners, this drone can fly for a very long time. Th...

April 18, 2017

The Remotec bots were also given the ability to rip open a car, sniff out hazardous chemicals, cut a vest off a suicide bomber, blast an explosive with water to render it safe and fire guns at people. They can see in the dark, climb stairs, communicate with hostages and hostage takers, and lift more than the weight of an average person with ease.

by Bloomberg Technology
The Remotec bots were also given the ability to rip open a car, sniff out hazardous chemicals, cut a vest off a suicide bomber, blast an explosive with water to render it safe and fire guns at people. They can see in the dark, climb stairs, communicate with hostages and hostage takers, and lift more than the weight of an average person with ease. In addition to their use in Israel and Iraq by the...

April 14, 2017

The first generation of police body cameras was introduced in 2005 in Great Britain. Their primary task was, and still is, to record police interactions with the public as well as to gather evidence at crime scenes. During a typical day, every police officer captures hours and hours of footage. To separate the irrelevant data from incriminating evidence, every recording needs to be reviewed and edited.

by Market Watch
The first generation of police body cameras was introduced in 2005 in Great Britain. Their primary task was, and still is, to record police interactions with the public as well as to gather evidence at crime scenes. During a typical day, every police officer captures hours and hours of footage. To separate the irrelevant data from incriminating evidence, every recording needs to be reviewed and ed...

April 13, 2017

APPLE VALLEY — While residents continue to praise firefighters for risking their lives battling the recent Pilot and Bluecut fires, many first responders are battling another danger.

Several research reports found that 68 percent of firefighters develop cancer compared to about 22 percent of the general population, no matter the race or gender.

by Daily Press
APPLE VALLEY — While residents continue to praise firefighters for risking their lives battling the recent Pilot and Bluecut fires, many first responders are battling another danger. Several research reports found that 68 percent of firefighters develop cancer compared to about 22 percent of the general population, no matter the race or gender. Read the full article here: https://goo.gl/VJEA...

March 27, 2017

It’s incredible that with the associated fatalities, injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and property damage caused by the accidental deployment of fire hose from a responding or moving fire apparatus, the fire service hasn’t launched a major national campaign. Maybe it has, but I wasn’t aware of it.

by Fire Apparatus Magazine
It’s incredible that with the associated fatalities, injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and property damage caused by the accidental deployment of fire hose from a responding or moving fire apparatus, the fire service hasn’t launched a major national campaign. Maybe it has, but I wasn’t aware of it. Hose Alert debuted at FDIC International 2016. It is a simple concept to alert the driver when a...

March 23, 2017

A technique for detecting enriched uranium with lasers could help regulators sniff out illicit nuclear activities from as far as a couple of miles away.

Researchers have shown that a technique often used to identify chemicals at a distance can also distinguish between ordinary uranium-238 and the fission-prone uranium-235. Just three fewer neutrons make a big difference in the element’s potential for destruction.

by CBRNE Central
A technique for detecting enriched uranium with lasers could help regulators sniff out illicit nuclear activities from as far as a couple of miles away. Researchers have shown that a technique often used to identify chemicals at a distance can also distinguish between ordinary uranium-238 and the fission-prone uranium-235. Just three fewer neutrons make a big difference in the element’s potenti...

March 22, 2017

Add rapid, mobile testing for Zika and other viruses to the list of things that smartphone technology is making possible. Researchers have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated diagnostic device that weighs under a pound, costs as little as $100 and can detect Zika, dengue and chikungunya within 30 minutes.

Read the full article here: https://goo.gl/lMbWqA

by Science Daily
Add rapid, mobile testing for Zika and other viruses to the list of things that smartphone technology is making possible. Researchers have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated diagnostic device that weighs under a pound, costs as little as $100 and can detect Zika, dengue and chikungunya within 30 minutes. Read the full article here: https://goo.gl/lMbWqA

March 20, 2017

Adapt Pharma's naloxone nasal spray (Narcan) has been working well in the real world, reversing the vast majority of opioid overdoses for which it's deployed, researchers reported here.

by MedPage Today
Adapt Pharma's naloxone nasal spray (Narcan) has been working well in the real world, reversing the vast majority of opioid overdoses for which it's deployed, researchers reported here. In a survey of a small number of community organizations that used the 4-mg nasal spray, first responders were successful at reviving about 98% of cases who went on to survive, George Avetian, DO, senior medical...

March 15, 2017

Organizations around the world have conducted studies on the potential dangers of flying unpiloted aircraft — but what about their life-saving capabilities? On March 14, DJI released a study based on news reports indicating that drones have saved at least 59 lives. With 38 of those rescues occurring between May 2016 and February 2017, that number averages almost one life per week. And drone use for life-saving purposes is only increasing.

by Drones 59, naysayers 0: DJI tallies up lives saved from drone rescues
Organizations around the world have conducted studies on the potential dangers of flying unpiloted aircraft — but what about their life-saving capabilities? On March 14, DJI released a study based on news reports indicating that drones have saved at least 59 lives. With 38 of those rescues occurring between May 2016 and February 2017, that number averages almost one life per week. And drone use fo...

March 9, 2017

An Assessment of Current Trends and Issues from 2009 to 2013: The NTOA has long been recognized as a leader in the profession of law enforcement special operations. Early in 2013, the NTOA Board of Directors identified the need for a contemporary assessment of U.S. SWAT operations to help support a more accurate depiction of the exemplary work done by agencies.

by National Tactical Officers Association
An Assessment of Current Trends and Issues from 2009 to 2013: The NTOA has long been recognized as a leader in the profession of law enforcement special operations. Early in 2013, the NTOA Board of Directors identified the need for a contemporary assessment of U.S. SWAT operations to help support a more accurate depiction of the exemplary work done by agencies. The information collected from the s...

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