Inspecting a crash, a spill, or a bomb threat on our railways is dangerous work, and can involve putting first responders in harm's way. Thankfully, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory developed a new solution.
Hopkins alum Mike Noll served as the communications engineer on the project, aptly coined
IRiS. Noll earned his master’s in computer science from Johns Hopkins Engineering while working at APL in 2007. Today, he is a member of APL's senior professional staff where he focuses on software development, satellite communications, and telecommunications projects.
When asked about the importance of IRiS in practice, Noll stated in a recent JHU Engineering article,
There's not a system like this that can be remotely driven into a tunnel.