NPS hosts 'uber' technology event
For sale: Cropdusters. Cheap. Hardly ever used anymore.
Relax, it's an eBay, Craig's List or newspaper classified ad of the future. But, then again, the future is just about here.
Imagine the day when a grower can launch a small, lightweight unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), have it survey his crops, and allow him to apply exact amounts of fertilizer and water, theoretically creating no runoff a benefit to both human health and the environment.
Add a camera to the UAV payload and the grower could see exactly where pests are invading his crop. Instead of dusting the entire field, pesticides could be applied only where the pests exist. Cheaper for the farmer, better for the environment.
The technology is here; all that's needed is a little imagination to put it to work.
Such emerging technologies showcased this week at Camp Roberts were part of a joint interagency event coordinated by Monterey's Naval Postgraduate School. The NPS struck partnerships with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, academia and a host of private sector firms on hand to show off their wares.
The exercise, technically called the Joint Interagency Field Exploration event, or JIFX, was not intended to sell the latest gizmos to spy agencies, although that could happen in the future. The event was a place where government, academia and the private sector could come together and experiment with new technologies that could provide solutions to needs "Comprar Gh Jintropin" that government agencies have.
It's a collaboration aimed at gathering everyone in one place so government needs can be explained to technologists, and technologists "Anaboliset Aineet" can explain concepts and capabilities to federal agencies. All the while NPS faculty Boldenone 50 is on hand to provide technical assistance to all the parties.
More than 400 researchers and private sector representatives from as far away as Israel and the United Kingdom attended the JIFX, and conducted nearly 70 individual experiments over the course of the four day event that Comprar Gh Jintropin wraps up today.
Many of the devices on hand had pure military and national security applications, but others were Bio Primo Methenolone Enanthate designed to help first responders better understand situations so they can provide immediate responses to the right places at the right times.
"Everyone out here is here because someone in government said [these technologies] could be a solution to a problem they are working on," said Raymond Buettner Jr., an associate professor in the Information Sciences Department at NPS and the director of the event.
For example, a small lightweight UAV the word "drone" is played down these days called InstantEye can be deployed in 30 seconds and can fly to a height of 14,000 feet before coming down and hovering with its video cameras, heat registering imaging, infrared cameras and other "payloads" of value to law enforcement.
The idea is to deploy it in tactical situations instead of risking the life of a police officer searching, say, a roof for a bad guy, or other situations where police could be ambushed, send InstantEye up to conduct the search Anavar Cycle Length day or night.
Many of the airborne surveillance systems have many cross applications one in particular could pique the interest of growers in the Salinas Valley. Call it ag surveillance.
The payload of InstantEye, or any of the UAVs buzzing around the sky this week above the abandoned McMillan Airfield, can be switched out and replaced with sensors that read humidity, moisture levels in crops and cameras programmed to identify insect pests on a crop.
Jerry Scott, a research associate at NPS, said he could see the "Achat Anabolisant Belgique" day when crop dusters are no longer needed, for reasons outlined in the opening paragraphs of this report.
Buettner Jr. noted that agriculture is in "the sweet spot" for these technologies. As the technology gets better, the cost curve plummets. Already an InstantEye UAV can be purchased for about $1,000, or $6,000 for a pair and all the control and ground equipment included. If you know how to operate a video game, you know how to control InstantEye.
Buettner Jr. said he has already had a Australian Levitra conversation with Salinas officials about conducting a similar exercise focused exclusively on agriculture applications.
Of course, all the showcased uses were of the "white hat" variety. Each has the potential for abuse by intelligence agencies and police departments, as recent leaks of National Security Agency processes unveiled. When does a tactical use of InstantEye become a Fourth Amendment stretching random fly over of people's backyards the proverbial fishing expedition?"Certainly with the capabilities of UAVs and unmanned systems we will need to talk about privacy issues," he said. "We want to protect civil liberties while at the same time harvesting these technologies to help people."