It seems that crowd sourcing is all the rage, and that makes sense because when you break very large and challenging problems into micro components, you get a little bit of work out of a whole bunch of people. But what if we got a whole bunch of work out of a whole bunch of personal tech smart phones?
Do you remember the SETI project where they allowed each individual on their giant network to donate their excess computer usage to help the processing of information? This distributive computing strategy allowed all of the participants to work as one giant supercomputer processing data. If you aren’t familiar with the “[email protected] Project” then you can look it up on the Internet.
Now then, what if we used a version of distributive computing, and crowd sourcing to provide a layer of protection against terror attacks on the United States of America – let me explain my plan, as I have in previous articles for the last 10 years, because I think this technology has now come to fruition, and we can make this happen. But first let me give you some background.
There was an interesting article recently on Homeland Security News titled; “Researcher develops highly sensitive, nanomaterial gas detector,” published on March 12, 2012. It turns out a post graduate student at Rensselaer is using a graphene material sensor device to sense minute traces of hazardous gases. It might also be used to detect bomb materials for security. The article stated;
“He has created a device that is durable, inexpensive, and highly sensitive, and has created a range of new gas detectors for bomb squads, law enforcement officials, the military, and industry.”
Okay so, what would I do with something like this? Well, I am glad you asked, because as I said above such a technology could save our nation from a terrible terrorist attack; we should put one of these little sensor devices embedded in every single smart phone. When it detects something, it would turn on the camera, and send a call out to the Department of Homeland Security Fusion Center alerting them of the GPS position, and the type of substance which was discovered.
They could then decide what the threat level was, and if it was something that needed to be taken care of right away. If it was just someone who was perhaps loading their own bullets at home, someone with a gun permit, it would be no big deal and skipped over, but if it looked like someone was putting together a bomb, or was at an airport, government building, or in a very populated place, then they could do something about it.
This means they can catch the terrorists while they were doing their bomb making, or while they were preparing to do a terrorist act. The uses in the battle space goes without comment, obviously it makes sense for that. For instance small lightweight UAVs, model aircraft size flying above the roadways in front of convoys, military personnel, or dignitaries. We need this technology, and we should use it to our advantage. And, perhaps we can do it in such a way where it doesn’t disturb any innocent person’s privacy. Please consider all this and think on it.