After an earthquake devastated Haiti, MIT Lincoln Laboratory marshaled and analyzed information in 2010 to help the U.S. Southern Command better respond to the crisis, according to an MIT News article. In February, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory created the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Systems in an effort to improve disaster responses.
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MIT News reported:
According to Gregory Hogan, leader of the new HADR Systems Group, Lincoln Laboratory has a unique combination of abilities that can inform disaster response campaigns: “We have expertise in advanced sensors, communications systems, systems analysis, and systems engineering; an understanding of military operations and culture; a lot of familiarity with remote sensing capabilities and data analysis; and broad experience in technology.”
HADR Systems members believe this work to be especially important to develop today because of global warming’s impact on the increasing likelihood of natural disasters. One example of HADR’s possible system modifications is deployable communication technology, such as balloons or aerial vehicles, that can take the place of damaged communications infrastructure.
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For more information on MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s HADR Systems, be sure to visit news.mit.edu.