Posted By Industry Perspectives On April 19, 2013 @ 8:31 am In Industry Perspectives | No Comments
Bill Kleyman is a virtualization and cloud solutions architect at MTM Technologies  where he works extensively with data center, cloud, networking, and storage design projects. You can find him on LinkedIn . Also, you can find more of his regular contributions here , on Data Center Knowledge .
In light of this week’s events in Boston and elsewhere, one of the strongest statements we can live by is “the good guys will always outnumber the bad ones.” While some people have said that these types of events bring people to live close to the edge (as in You Only Live Once or YOLO), the reality is that these horrible events actually bring people closer together and deepen our appreciation of each others’ humanity.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings – which brought many reminders of 9/11 – we saw a new hero emerge: technology. The fast responses of medical professionals already onsite likely saved numerous lives. Furthermore, those runners that finished the race and then continued on to donate blood at the local hospital should be praised as well. The human element, no doubt, played a vital role in minimizing casualties and helping people get medical attention quickly. Still, as the smoke clears and we begin to analyze and understand the situation, law enforcement and the officials working on this case have some interesting new tools at their disposal.
According to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, the site of the bombing and the surrounding area – Bolyston Street which serves as the finish line of the Boston Marathon – is one of the most well-photographed and documented areas in the country. Although the crime scene is complex, the use of technology can help pinpoint the line of events that led to this horrible incident. In 2001, the prevalence of recording and digital equipment wasn’t anywhere as high as it is today. On April 15, 2013, a lot more “eyes” were watching the course of the day unfold. Let’s look at some of the areas where technology was involved in the event and aftermath.
Today’s always-on, always-connected world strives to bring people and information closer together. During these types of events, technologists all over the world offer their support and work to utilize technological advancements to help people progress. Everyone from pro photographers to ordinary people with their high megapixel smartphone cameras can help authorities solve one of the most complex crime scenes in recent history. During these difficult times, the IT community has continued to offer its support to anyone who needs it.
As a technologist, journalist and writer for Data Center Knowledge – I say with my whole heart – Boston, we stand with you.
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