Detroit's Fire Department Pop Can Alarms

#Technology

Thu, Dec 18th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Five Thirty Eight, Detroit is significantly behind the times when it comes to technology. Things are so bad, fire stations use Rube Goldberg-like contraptions to be notified of a fire.

[...] For years, Detroit’s digital infrastructure has been a teetering mess, dependent on jury rigs of soda cans and spare change.

No, really.

Chuck Moore, a consultant for the city, described one fire station’s Rube Goldberg machine in September during testimony in Detroit’s bankruptcy trial: When an emergency alert comes in, a fax machine is triggered. This shoots out a piece of paper, which knocks over a soda can full of change, notifying those at the station of the situation. [...]

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