Since long before 9/11, New York has been a favorite target of terrorists bent on killing innocent Americans. Their latest dream is to explode a dirty bomb somewhere in the Big Apple. This is weapon that combines the deadly radioactivity of a nuclear device with conventional explosives, the goal being to contaminate the area around the explosion with radioactive material.
The good news is that the New York Police Department is a step ahead of the terrorists. According to the website MyWay, the NYPD is in the process of perfecting technology designed to detect and prevent a dirty bomb attack. Reports Tom Hays of MyWay:
The technology will allow a command center in lower Manhattan to monitor 2,000 mobile radiation detectors carried by officers each day around the city. The detectors will send a wireless, real-time alert if there’s a reading signaling a dirty bomb threat.
The plan relies on 3,000 closed-circuit security cameras trained at intervals on the roughly 1.7 square miles of Manhattan south of Canal Street. The cameras are connected to a central computerized “brain” by means of fiber optic cables.
If the system, which is in its final testing stages, performs as expected in its final paces, the technology can be spawned for use elsewhere.
Jessica Tisch, an NYPD counterterrorism official, is quoted as saying:
This [New York] is the first and only place you’ll see it. It’s been tested in the field. It works, and we’re hoping to get [the wireless detectors] deployed in a few months.
The radiation detection system is being developed as part of a $200 million security initiative in Lower Manhattan, where the infamous 9/11 attacks occurred.
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