The FINDER system (lower right, in photo) being tested at the Fairfax County Fire Department training center in Virginia (Photo: Stacey Levitt)
FINDER is also capable of detecting the heartbeat of a person standing behind 20 feet (6 m) of solid concrete, or who is up to 100 feet (30.5 m) away in an open area (Photo: Paul Wedig)
The FINDER user interface (Photo: Paul Wedig)
Sniffer dogs and fiber optic cameras may soon be getting some assistance, when it comes to locating people trapped beneath debris. The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has joined forces with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to create a microwave radar-based system known as Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response – or FINDER. The new technology is able to detect a human heartbeat buried up to 30 feet (9 meters) under assorted rubble.
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