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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Airport Security:- Holograms and Sniffer Mice. (Video)

Sniffer Mice.

Forget sniffer dogs, crack teams of mice are being trained to detect bombers and drugs couriers at airports.
The sniffer rodents are then hidden in airport scanners, ready to raise the alarm.

The detector has been built by Israeli researchers who say it is more accurate than using dogs, pat downs and x-ray machines.

It looks like a metal detector or full-body scanner, but one side of it houses three concealed cartridges, each containing eight specially trained mice.
The animals work four-hour shifts, milling around in an allocated cartridge while sniffing air pumped in from outside.
When they pick up traces of explosives or drugs, they flee to a side chamber, triggering an alarm, New Scientist reports.
To avoid false positives, more than one mouse must run away. Courier Mail.


Yes you read right, sniffer rodents, I mean really. I admit I know nothing about rodents, but this does seem up there with the ridiculous. Security expert Bruce Schneier told New Scientist: "Animals" noses are always a good solution, and the mice don"t see you naked." Well there is an up side, but still it just seems a bit beyond it, and there is the side of animal cruelty as well, as far as radiation is concerned.

Holograms.

Passengers at England's Manchester Airport will be greeted by holograms of staff from next week in a bid to reduce security check queues.
The images of the customer service workers were created using the same cutting edge technology which is used in the music industry by bands such as the Gorillaz.
It is being trialled at terminal one where passengers are being met by holograms of real-life employees John Walsh and Julie Capper.
The digital illusions will greet travellers before they go into the security search area, explaining liquid restrictions and reminding customers about boarding cards. Bigpond News
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This I think is not that bad an idea, but still there is always the argument that someone has lost a job over this, or that people who could of been employed misses out on a job. With the world's population of course getting bigger, there needs to be more jobs created not less. I have often wondered about new technologies, and a lot do take away jobs that could of been, but still I feel we will see a lot more of this type of thing in the future.



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4 comments:

malcfifty said...

Truth is certainly stranger than fiction, as demonstrated here, mags! A fiction writer would never dream up this story - too far out!

Mags118 said...

Hi Mal,
Oh yes, it's weird, it just makes you wonder what on earth they are going to come up with next.

Windsmoke. said...

What was once considered sci-fi is now becoming reality like star trek or star wars :-).

Mags118 said...

Hi Windsmoke,
That is so true, and it just seems that each year they come up with something else, who knows what it all will be like in another even 20 years.