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Fukushima Anniversary IMI – International Medcom Response to Fukushima Daichi Event

March 8th, 2013 by dsythe

Medcom at Daichi radiation event in Japan.

Dan Sythe with Safecast’s Joe Moross and Pieter Franken surveying radiation levels in Fukushima with German news team.

The Tohoku Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daichi disaster created many challenges for the people of Japan.  IMI has been deeply involved in providing assistance and solutions since these events unfolded two years ago.   On March 11 2011 all lines on the Medcom phone systems started ringing 24 hours a day.  The people of Japan had an urgent need for information that our instruments could provide.  We had to make hard decisions rapidly, and our policy was to respond in a humanitarian way.   Every instrument we could build would go to Japan, with preference to individuals and groups who would share information.  One of the groups that formed during the crisis became Safecast, a nonprofit organization focused on collecting and publishing radiation data.  Instruments and technology provided by IMI contributed to Safecast’s 5.5 million radiation readings that are now published on maps viewable by the public.

Onyx with Safecast iPhone Application

Onyx works with the Safecast iPhone Application.

On the anniversary of this event IMI is releasing two new instruments that were developed in response to the Fukushima event by the Safecast team, supporters and collaborators.   The first is called Onyx.  Onyx was created for Safecast and Japan by Dr. Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, a world famous expert on electronic hardware and software, and contributor to the burgeoning open source and “make” communities.  Bunnie designed some key IMI – Medcom technology into this instrument, and IMI agreed to build it.  The first version of the instrument was launched as a Kickstarter project, and has been covered by CNN, Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, and others.   It was listed by Kickstarter as one of the Best of Kickstarter 2012.   Kickstarter instruments will begin shipping on March 11, and the commercial version of the instrument will be available starting in April.  Onyx has features to contribute to the global radiation mapping system created by Safecast with MIT Media Lab and Keio University.

An amazing radiation detector with full data collection capabilities from Safecast.

Another powerful tool developed by Safecast’s international team is a device they call bGeigie.  The originals contained Medcom IMI Inspector Alert instruments combined with Safecast data collection technology.  bGeigie stands for “Bento Box sized Geiger Counter” because the waterproof housing for the instrumentation is about the same size as a Bento lunch box.  Various editions of this instrument have contributed the data on the Safecast maps.   The latest version, the “Nano,” is being released in kit form for citizen scientists who would like to participate in this expanding project.  IMI technology is also integrated into this kit, and IMI is offering it to the public on the behalf of Safecast for an introductory price of $450.  Proceeds will benefit Safecast’s mapping infrastructure.   The Nano contains a 2 inch pancake geiger mueller tube, an IMI iRover board to power the tube and process the signal, an Arduino processor, microSD card for collected data, data logger, OLED display, satellite GPS receiver, and more.  Order here

 

The ONYX Radiation Detector is here!

January 21st, 2013 by sethaugustus@gmail.com

ONYX™ radiation detector released by International Medcom, Inc.
The ONYX™ is a compact and highly advanced radiation detection instrument.
For additional details, please see: ONYX™ Radiation Detector
Complete specifications for the ONYX™ radiation detector will be available soon!

International Medcom, Inc. Announced New Product Release Date

November 20th, 2012 by sethaugustus@gmail.com

IMI is pleased to announce the release date of January 07, 2013 for its newest and most modern radiation detection device. The new product, named Onyx, has a sleek new design utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques. It will be versatile and easier to use than any other radiation detector in its class.

Check back regularly as additional information, including technical features, pricing and photographs of the device will be posted in the coming days.

Industry Leading Warranty Announced

November 19th, 2012 by sethaugustus@gmail.com

International Medcom, Inc. Announces Industry Leading Warranty

IMI is pleased to announce its new, industry-leading warranty policy. Beginning November 13, 2012, our warranty on Geiger tubes is increased to one (1) year and the warranty for the remainder of the device is increased to two (2) years!
The warranty applies to all IMI devices.

For more information please contact:

Molly Lynch
Customer Service
International Medcom, Inc.
103 Morris St, Suite A5
Sebastopol, CA 95472

                                 

IMI Responds to Fukushima Disaster

March 15th, 2012 by sethaugustus@gmail.com

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Since March 11, 2011, International Medcom, Inc. has made a major commitment to Japan by providing radiation detection instruments, radiation detector knowledge, donations, and volunteer time. In supporting a great organization named Safecast, we have contributed to the mapping of over 3 million radiation data points in Japan and beyond. The PBS News Story features International Medcom, Inc. and calls our radiation detectors & instruments “good quality.”

This PBS News Story covers Safecast, an organization mapping radiation data levels in Japan and beyond, and explains what their mission is.

Safecast is deserving of support in their important work. We encourage donations to Safecast, if you would like to make a big difference for Japan. Click here to visit Safecast

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