New York nuclear plant shutdown triggered by digital camera

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    An emergency shutdown of a reactor at the Indian Point nuclear power plant was caused by signals from a worker's digital camera..more
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    Hmm makes me feel safer already knowing that the plants systems are so well builts that a camera can generate enough of a electircal field to shut down the sytem.

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    Apparently a digital camera doesn't have to comply with FCC Part 15 and if it does comply, do you suppose the circuit board on the control panel was/is not "Tempest" safe? Hmmmm!

    FCC Part 15 dictates that a piece of equipment cannot cause interference with other devices.

    "Tempest" safe was a military term used in the 80's, more or less, saying a piece of equipment was completely shielded from outside sources, something like that...

    Makes you wonder what piece of equipment was actually bad..the camera or the control panel.
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    "Tempest" safe was a military term used in the 80's, more or less, saying a piece of equipment was completely shielded from outside sources, something like that...
    And incredibly expensive...


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    Hmmm. Could this be part of a cover story (like covering up what really happened)?
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    It's quite interesting but the use of wireless technology really isn't being seriously regulated. With the AM and FM radios, for example, an organisation (as far as I'm aware for Britain) controlled the operating bandwidth, so that you wouldn't get interference between different stations.

    I'm an aeronautical engineer and things like bluetooth are currently being considered in aeroplanes to allow correspondence between the pilots and the engines, things like engine On or Off, throttle etc. but because none of the industries that use the same technology actually communicate with each other it's a bit worrying. The latest technology is sophisticated and interference isn't supposed to be an issue, but all you need is one freak combination of devices on a plane and ....

    Also, something I found out recently, if you have a radio controlled watch, be careful when using a gps device, some model combinations can cause a lot of problems.

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    No radiation was released.
    Well...

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    very very interesting....my goodness...
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    Also, something I found out recently, if you have a radio controlled watch, be careful when using a gps device, some model combinations can cause a lot of problems.
    Great ...something else to worry about on the ocean when I out fishing, (both my GPS units are Garmin) my Casio watch is radio controlled for time updates from WWV, literature says receiver is on 10 Mhz?

    Thanks for the info, guess I'd better get a cheap watch for fishing!
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