Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, and other events will continue to test the strength of the infrastructure modern society relies on, such as communication equipment like cellular networks.
Communications infrastructure needs to be restored within 72 hours after which the survival chances of victims decrease drastically.
When batteries catastrophically fail, they can overheat, rupture, and or explode. Susceptible lithium ion batteries are everywhere - in consumer products like e-cigarettes, mobile phones, and electric cars, as well as in airplanes and facilities for alternative energy storage.
We propose the development of a smart flashlight for employees of rescue services, firefighters, miners, police officers, people working in dangerous conditions and even tourists. It can be used as an ordinary flashlight, in the hands, or it can be fixed on the helmet of the employee.
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