New Technology to Improve Emergency Response to Subway Terror Attack


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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) on two national anti-terrorism projects designed to detect the release of hazardous substances on a subway system and minimize harm to riders and the community.

A public forum to provide more information on the project will be held Wednesday, May 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Cambridge YMCA in Central Square, 820 Massachusetts Ave.

The first project, called “Detect-to-Protect,” involves testing new biological detection sensors developed by the Department of Homeland Security at T stations in Cambridge (Harvard and Porter) and Somerville (Davis). The tests will determine how the sensor network performs in a real subway system.

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