Merrill Douglas

Merrill
Douglas
Articles
An amateur-radio operator testing equipment in a shelter after Superstorm Sandy.
When the going gets tough, hams get going  1
When a disaster hits that knocks out traditional communications, amateur-radio operators repeatedly step up to fill the void.
DIY boom helps boost ham numbers 
Conventional wisdom says that amateur radio is aging out of existence. So, who needs the amateur-radio bands? You'd be surprised.
Tracking the evolution of package tracking 1
Like many of the packages they carry, how UPS and FedEx track our stuff has come a long, long way.
Quick-switch radio with Gobi radio technology
Both UPS's DIAD V and FedEx's Star IV/PowerPad handheld computers incorporate Gobi radio technology.
Campus communications continue to evolve 2
Oklahoma State University is using a multimedia alerting platform to ensure that students and staff get the message.
A very popular teenager (with related video)
Governments and citizens alike have grown quite fond of 311, which clearly has grown up since its inception 15 years ago.
311 by the numbers
Many local governments have put 311 services at the heart of their strategies for emergency preparedness and disaster recovery.
Reach out and touch someone (with related video)
Merchants of all sorts are using near-field communications to get patrons to buy more stuff — lots and lots of stuff — by tapping their smartphones.
Keeping it fresh
New laws and regulations are putting increased pressure on food and pharmaceutical companies to ensure the integrity of their products.
Seeing is believing 1
More transportation departments are turning to video-based detection systems to keep traffic flowing and prevent accidents.
A better toolbox
The systems and equipment used by emergency telecommunicators have come a long way — but there's plenty of room for improvement
Are we there yet?
GPS probes supply travel-time data that help drivers find more-efficient routes.
The impending explosion
Video-surveillance technology has come a long way and barriers to adoption quickly are vanishing.
Video surveillance technology offers plusses and minuses
High-resolution cameras capture license plates from great distances, but eat up a lot of bandwidth — and money
Route and roll
Public-safety answering points move ahead with IP.

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