Video cameras go where humans cannot to aid search and rescue at WTC

SEPTEMBER 20--Tiny video cameras at the end of flexible scopes are literally lighting the way for rescue workers at the World Trade Center (WTC) Ground Zero site.

SEPTEMBER 20--Tiny video cameras at the end of flexible scopes are literally lighting the way for rescue workers at the World Trade Center (WTC) Ground Zero site. It is called remote-visual-inspection (RVI) equipment and is able to go into spaces and send back images where humans cannot see, fit into, or reach.

These sophisticated video-camera systems illuminate and show an instant picture of what is going on below the rubble. The images can also be recorded and stored. The equipment provides protection for firefighters and rescue workers, who can see what lies ahead when looking into voids and pockets in the rubble. The QuickView portable video inspection system is at the scene now, with a powerful 72:1 zoom and telescoping pole that extends to 18 feet.

Pictures from Ground Zero and equipment in use are available on the Web: www.prnewswire.com.

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