It’s odd to think about your own mortality but a recent story has got me doing just that. And I’ve come to the conclusion that should there be an earthquake and I was trapped under the building my mobile would leave me to die a slow agonising death. Its battery is simply not strong enough.
Have I lost you there?
The reason for this contemplation is an EU funded project called WISECOM. Portable mobile masts have been created and can be set up in a matter of minutes to help find people trapped under buildings after an earthquake and locate those swept away in a mud slide. Well, their phones anyway.
The logic behind the masts is naturally sound – mobile networks aren’t exactly sturdy so collapse really easily following a disaster. If you can get them up and running quickly then you can locate a phones, and hopefully its owner.
Two systems have been developed, one is simple to use and light but has a short range (300m). The other is the opposite and has a range of several kilometres.
The problem for me is I own a phone with exceedingly poor battery life. It’s been known to conk out after just one hour of calls. It rarely makes it through a day. So basically, I’d be slowly dieing an agonising death whilst my phone runs out of battery all the while it would be enjoying the schadenfreude of the situation – well I shouldn’t have written nasty things about it should I.