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A 'black box' for monitoring explosions and gunshots

A 'black box' for monitoring explosions and gunshots

When bombing campaigns kill humanitarian staff and civilians or damage infrastructure in times of co...

Supercomputer simulates fires in mega-warehouses and distribution centres

Supercomputer simulates fires in mega-warehouses and distribution centres

Researchers from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial and industrial insurance com...

ChemTag protects first responders against unseen chemical hazards

ChemTag protects first responders against unseen chemical hazards

In 2013, over 17,000 firefighters in the US suffered an injury owing to exposure to chemical ha...

Protecting ourselves against biological and chemical warfare

Protecting ourselves against biological and chemical warfare

In the light of recent terrorist attacks, the watch for biological and chemical weapons is top prior...

A new way to communicate location information

A new way to communicate location information

When first responders respond to a disaster, they need to know exactly where to go. They need accura...

Encouraging innovation in first responder tech

Encouraging innovation in first responder tech

First responders face many challenges in the field: disasters impair communication between responder...

Software that can think - and how it could help in a crisis

Software that can think - and how it could help in a crisis

Our minds are a series of neural networks composed of interconnected neurons that store an...

Fine tuning emergency smartphone alerts

Fine tuning emergency smartphone alerts

Smartphones are increasingly used as effective means to deliver emergency alerts issued by state and...

MAPS technology automatically neutralises threats

MAPS technology automatically neutralises threats

Technologies that detect and neutralise threats can reduce the risks that frontline soldiers face, b...

Agreement signed to commercialise Ebola protective suit

Agreement signed to commercialise Ebola protective suit

In January, the CRJ R&D blog reported on a federally funded suit being designed to improve prote...

Camera that follows users could provide situational awareness for responders

Camera that follows users could provide situational awareness for responders

Often when first responders enter dangerous zones, they do not have complete or accurate inform...

Tesla Suit creates more realistic virtual reality

Tesla Suit creates more realistic virtual reality

The full body Tesla Suit will enable first responders to train for disaster response through a ...

Social media provides family updates in disasters

Social media provides family updates in disasters

During a disaster, a victim’s family members are often left in the dark until communicati...

Using visible light to kill harmful bacteria

Using visible light to kill harmful bacteria

Indigo-Clean, an award winning light technology that continuously kills bacteria without harming hum...

US to improve first responder technology

US to improve first responder technology

First responders are still relying on technology created in the 1950s. However, the US Commerce...

CRJ R&D's review of the DARPA Robotics Challenge

CRJ R&D's review of the DARPA Robotics Challenge

This June, 23 robots competed to perform tasks in situations that mimic the hazardous, degraded cond...

Origami could help shape emergency shelters of the future

Origami could help shape emergency shelters of the future

From shipping and construction to outer space, origami could put a folded twist on structural engine...

Entering the age of digital medicine

Entering the age of digital medicine

Proteus Digital Health has just received FDA approval for a pill that measures medication adher...

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