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When an emergency strikes, communications systems often go down at the time people need them the most. In the third of our World Changing Ideas, Jonathan Zittrain asks whether we can devise a way to make phones more useful in crisis situations. As the Boston Marathon attack demonstrated, cellphone services go down city-wide in times of crisis.
There are more than 2,000 unmanned operating oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico, and, according to Bob Schena, CEO of mesh networking company Rajant , the majority of them have no active communications on board. That’s a serious problem if conditions go south, like they did on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010. Without real-time communications, there’s no way to warn officials quickly if something goes wrong, or to implement a coordinated emergency response plan. Because of missing network infrastructure, many oil platforms in the Gulf may be unprepared for a disaster. However, Schena thinks there’s a solution to the communications void, and he believes his company has the technology to enable it.
Last week-end we just had a good time at the Maker Faire of Shenzen , hosted in the wonderful OCT District . We were invited by Eric Pan from Seeedstudio (thanks Eric for the good time!). The Maker Faire has been a priceless experience to get in touch with the chinese maker community, as well as networking with different Chinese and Chinese-based maker companies creating interesting contents & products. We finally inaugurated our very first official Weibo account , and shared chinese materials about Arduino. You could come and play with the Esplora as well as code your very own interface , Thanks to our friend Federico Musto and Anna Kao for the help. and Maling and Terry who volunteered for us in the booth giving Arduino goodies and pins to a ton of interested chinese makers and curious.
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Sub-Sort Natural Disasters by: Name / Path / Row / Latitude / Longitude / Sensor / Date Posted Return to Map Savanna fires Sensor: L7 ETM+ Path/Row: 223/67 Lat/Long: -10.100/-49.800 Category: Natural Disasters Download High Resolution Date Posted: 01/28/2013 Brush Fires in Tasmania Sensor: L7 ETM+ Path/Row: 90/90 Lat/Long: -43.200/147.200 Category: Natural Disasters Download High Resolution Date Posted: 01/16/2013 Mustang Complex Fire Sensor: L7 ETM+ Path/Row: 41/28 Lat/Long: 46.000/-114.700 Category: Natural Disasters Download High Resolution Date Posted: 10/16/2012 Creek County, Oklahoma fire Sensor: L7 ETM+ Path/Row: 27/35 Lat/Long: 36.000/-96.300 Category: Natural Disasters Download High Resolution Date Posted: 09/28/2012
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