Monday, January 19, 2009

COWs and COLTs at the Inauguration

(The Nuts and Volts of News for Nerds)

Presidential Inauguration Hardware and Other Challenges
Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Monday January 19, @05:11PM
from the big-spend-for-one-off dept.

holy_calamity writes

"The FBI has released images of some of the kit that will be deployed to safeguard Obama's inauguration, including mine-proof armored trucks like those used in Iraq to protect against IEDs, and a large armored chamber that any bombs will be shoved inside to be transported away and perhaps detonated inside. Interesting, even though the really good stuff is presumably being kept under wraps."

Relatedly, necro81 writes

"The Inauguration of Barack Obama tomorrow is expected to put considerable stress on the cellphone network around Washington, DC. The expected crowd could top two million people, and many of them are expected to call, text, tweet, photo, and blog their way through the event. In response, the major wireless carriers in the area have spent millions of dollars upgrading their local networks and will bring in extra 'cells on wheels' (COWs) and 'cells on light trucks' (COLTs). They are also requesting that attendees limit their usage during the event, and avoid bandwidth-heavy activities — like uploading photos — until afterward."
Ya gotta love it. Thinking ahead. Planning. Precautions. It's like we have a real government again.

1 comment:

Brian Summers said...

Yeah, wow, thinking constructively and defensively—not offensively, like some offensive regimes freshly booted out of power. Yeah, "a new nation, conceived in liberty...shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Barack on!