On May 5th four more people have been rescued in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake with the use of NASA prototype technology. The news was released by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
The tragic disaster in Nepal has pooled together a great response from the international community. Whether the response materialized in donations, open source technology and on the ground invaluable help, all efforts to save those severely affected are to be commended.
In this situation, technology that pinpoints survivors and offers the possibility of real-time coverage of the damage on the ground is most needed.
That is how the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate in partnership with NASA brought a new device to the scene in order to find survivors that are still buried under the incredible amounts of debris. The device bears the name FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response).
The mechanism is based on microwave-radar technology that is capable to look for signs of life such as breathing and heartbeats of survivors of emergency situations. Its range goes under 30 feet of rubble, as much as 100 feet in open space and through 20 feet of solid concrete. Thus, FINDER is a great asset to any team working relentlessly working on the ground to save lives.
The four survivors of the Nepal earthquake were found buried under 10 feet of debris, after 2 prototype FINDER devices detected their heartbeats and pinpointed their location. It is a relief to know that a powerful ally can be found in technology when it comes to saving human lives.
This prototype is yet another invaluable addition to the long list of NASA technology spinoffs brought to the wide public for admirable contribution to saving human lives. Although it has definitely proved its utility, FINDER will be presented at the Virginia Task Force Facility on May 7th. Hopefully, it is there that the announcement of its release to the public and for commercial purposes will be made.
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