[ RadSafe ] Cell phone automatic radiation detection

Philip L Smith servant.electron at juno.com
Sun Feb 10 21:51:32 CST 2008

Cell phone radiation detectors could possibly form the backbone of a
distributed interdiction network.  They could be very useful in the event
of a dirty bomb attack.  However, they might prove to be an Achilles heel
in the event of a nuclear attack or EMP event.  The problem is that cell
phone batteries rarely deliver for more than a couple of days without
recharging - even far less if nearby cell towers are inoperable. 
Therefore cell phone sensors are inappropriate for dealing with prolonged
emergencies - especially if power and communications disruptions are also
involved.  The deployment of such technology does not negate the need for
sensible Civil Defense.

Phil Smith

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