Tennessee could become a model for the nation when it comes to protecting the public from chemical, biological or radiological releases.
Already, sensors that are part of Oak Ridge National Laboratorys SensorNet are deployed in Nashville, Knoxville and Oak Ridge, and in other parts of the nation. Additional sensors are planned for Memphis, Chattanooga and Sullivan County in Upper East Tennessee. ORNL project managers envision more being added in the next few years, eventually spanning the state with sensors that would alert emergency responders and the public if they were in danger of being exposed to water or airborne hazards.
Frank Libutti, the Department of Homeland Securitys under secretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, was in Nashville today to see first hand how the system works. Also attending the demonstration were several homeland security advisers from neighboring states.
Ron Walli | ORNL
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