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Chattanooga Tests Ultra-Fast System for Disaster Response

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Chattanooga, Tenn.

Chattanooga has the largest community-wide gigabit-capable network in the United States.

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Chattanooga, Tenn., will test a system that will run computerized disaster scenarios using a detailed layout of the city, with the goal of training emergency workers and delivering real-time information to workers and the public during an event.

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UT-Chattanooga) are using ultra-fast, high bandwidth technology to design the disaster mitigation system. They are currently installing a small number of sensors that will link to the network and be able to detect potential hazards. The U.S. National Science Foundation is funding the development of the system.

The researchers say Chattanooga is an ideal location for the pilot project, since it has the largest community-wide gigabit-capable network in the U.S. and an infrastructure able to maintain the communications and asset management needed for disaster mitigation. "You need big computers, but you can access the cloud and access large systems over high-speed bandwidth," says UT-Chattanooga's Henry McDonald. "If it works in Chattanooga, it can work anywhere."

From Government Computer News 
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