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Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Friday, April 28, 2006


My April 21 post, Making Buildings Immune, linked readers to some information about the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Sensors for Immune Buildings Program.

But DARPA is not the only federal agency looking at improving sensors to make warfighters and the public safer.

The Argonne National Laboratory is trying to develop "...a portable sensor to detect hazardous biological materials more rapidly than current methods allow," according to the article Biological Sensor Detects Hazards in the April 2006 issue of Signal magazine. The article describes how biochips, reuseable slides and a reader, will be used to identify unknown biological agents.

Rapidly evolving sensor technologies are improving government and industry abilities to deliver more and more relevant information to battlefield fighters and municipal first responders. As the information processing methods required to process the output from the sensors also improve, fighters and first responders will be better prepared to safeguard their units and their communities.

Sensorship is here.


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