Thursday, November 15, 2012

Positive Drones

The upside to the machine.
As Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast, power outages wreaked havoc on telecommunications networks, knocking out wireless service for thousands of cell phone users. If a future hurricane triggers similar failures, regulators say they have a potential solution. 
It has the hallmarks of science fiction: floating wireless antennas from balloons or drones. 
The Federal Communications Commission is exploring the use of such airborne technology to restore communications after disasters. Beaming 3G or Wi-Fi signals from the sky may be especially useful to emergency responders in the immediate aftermath of a hurricane, when repair crews are unable reach damaged equipment because roads and bridges are impassible, experts said.
Have a solar charger for your cellphone/laptop, and waa-laa, you are back in business.