The two-hour drill featured the first-ever use of the port's "Small Craft Intrusion Barrier," a floating, plastic-and-steel boom deployed in sections by tugboats, said port spokesman Gordon Smith.
The barrier will close one of the port's channels near the World Cruise Ship Terminal, Smith said.
At one point, a hinged opening in the barrier will allow a port police boat to pass through, giving participants "hands on" experience in activating the device, Smith said.
"Security experts are increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of cruise ships and large cargo vessels to terrorists attacking in small watercraft," Smith said.
"The live fire exercise was carried out as part of a tactical drill at a test site in the Barents Sea," Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said..
“The program does not name people or places, but otherwise provides a working model of the underlying population.
“It is a spatial model, which means that it uses mapping software to locate households, places of work, etcetera, and to move individuals around through their daily activities.
“It is at least as detailed in this regard as any infectious disease model in the world.”
The virtual fence was supposed to have been built by The Boeing Company, made up of 9 electronic surveillance towers spanning 28 miles. In lieu of the electronic surveillance towers, Boeing will put in place communications systems, new cameras and radar facilities...
The idea behind this "Tactical Telehaptic Communication" program is to place "electrotactile or vibrotactile arrays... near or on the soldier’s skin" -- and then buzz the G.I. in the appropriate place, to convey a message. A quick pulse on the belly could mean stop; a zap on the shoulder could mean go. The signals would be sent from a haptic glove, up to 100 yards away
Science fiction inspires DARPA weapon
Now DARPA are working on a weapon called MAHEM - Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition - that uses the same principle as Clarke's fictional device.....
Rapid flu response planned by Sepragen, Neugenesis