Wireless networks are making it simpler for police to preserve order when large crowds gather at events like Super Bowl XLII and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Glendale Police Dept. monitored activity at both using a video surveillance system from AgileMesh tied together by a wireless mesh network from Firetide. Officers can control the camera, which offers full pan and tilt and a 23x optical-zoom lens. Two levels of encryption ensure security. The mesh network makes it simple to put cameras where they're needed to monitor crowds and people in out-of-the-way areas.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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