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New technologies to cope with catastrophes

March 7, 2016

More technologies against disaster developed (short video)

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160307_14/

Japanese electronics manufacturers are working to create a variety of technologies to cope with catastrophes. It's now days away from the 5th anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

Fuji Electric has an early warning system to detect possible damage to buildings soon after an earthquake strikes. It uses sensors to check if a building is at risk of collapsing.

It issues an alarm within minutes of a quake occurring, including one to evacuate.

NEC is working on analyzing camera footage in public places to identify likely accident spots. That's in case an earthquake or other disasters leave many commuters stranded at train stations and other areas.

Mitsubishi Electric wants to commercialize a technology to help with communication.

It sprays sea water into the air to form an antenna to receive television broadcasts or a phone signal.
It uses the sea water's ability to conduct electricity.

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