Cell phone that detects life-threatening chemical exposures gets tryout
The Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate demonstrated in front of invited media and webcast guests the first-ever cell phone capable of detecting life-threatening chemical exposures, dubbed the Cell-All. The S&T worked with commercial vendors to miniaturize environmental sensors and embed them in commercial devices. The cell phone’s capabilities were demonstrated by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which used them to detect a mock carbon-monoxide incident.
Cell-All is a unique environmental sensor and application for cell phones that enhances personal and public safety, explained a DHS S&T spokesperson before the demonstration. He said that Cell-All detects and alerts individuals and public-safety authorities to the release of specific toxic chemicals into the environment, putting environmental threat detection within reach of anyone who has a cell phone.
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