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Disaster Balloons can Be Used to Keep Communication Intact During Calamities

by Medindia Content Team on  June 5, 2007 at 7:18 PM News on IT in Healthcare   - G J E 4
Disaster Balloons can Be Used to Keep Communication Intact During Calamities
A US based inventor has proposed a balloon based communication system that will automatically inflate and launch whenever a natural disaster strikes or seems imminent.
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Communication systems are always vulnerable to natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes or volcanic eruptions. As such, when they go down, communication breaks and coordinating emergency responses become difficult.

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Now, Aris Mardirossian of Maryland, US, has proposed a balloon based communication system consisting of a set of ground-and air-based monitoring systems that will look for signs of a natural disaster.

These will include gadgets to measure low atmospheric pressures and high winds that indicate a hurricane, ground movement that accompanies an earthquake, and the noxious gases produced by a volcanic eruption.

According to the scientific magazine New Scientist, balloons fitted with communication transmitters - similar to cellphone base stations - will then be automatically launched to ensure communication channels remain open.

Source: ANI
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