The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is trying to develop forensic cameras with disaster-proof memory chips. So, how do you find out if the chips will, in fact, withstand bombing attacks or natural disasters like fires or floods? Put the camera in an old public transit bus and blow it to smithereens, of course!
Scientists from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) placed sixteen baseball-sized video cameras inside a bus rigged with explosives. Then they sat in a concrete shelter, pushed a button and watched the bus blow. All to see if the memory chips would withstand a suicide bombing.
The DHS is looking to mount the cameras in places where regular surveillance systems would not be practical. According to the department, video footage would only be viewed after an incident occurred. And, to prevent a breach of privacy, the cameras would be tamper-proof. No one would be able to lift the video and post it on YouTube.
In the end, the experiment was partially successful. Fourteen out of the sixteen chips were recovered from the blast. What's next for the S&T scientists? Figuring out if the cameras actually captured any footage.
The tag line "Americans' tax dollars at work" is usually a snide reference to some project or application that's an unwise or unworthy expenditure.
I see nothing about this to suggest it isn't worth the money. It could even save lives.
This tag line seems about as short-sited as Jindal's "Volcano Monitoring" comment.
That was cool, even though i didn't know what ot make of it at first.
Just one world. WoW!
now thats some good clean fun!
The DHS is really under some scrutiny now. This project here looks much better than the whole issue with TSA at the moment!