Monday, 14 May 2012

Security Issues

After careful consideration, go ahead Edinburgh cricket club Carlton have decided not to follow the example set by London's Olympic authorities in installing the American-made Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). This sonic equipment is being installed as part of the security arsenal to guard the games. FB understands that the LRAD is capable of producing deafening sound levels of 150 decibels. It can also used to send highly intelligible, multi-language messages, instructions and warnings over distances up to 3,000 metres. The US Army has previously used these devices in Iraq for crowd control and it is successfully used aboard ships to repel Somali pirates.  It will fit in well in East London.

A spokesman for the club said, 'We are as concerned about security issues the London Olympic organisers.  We recognise that this kind of device is a useful part of the armory.  We thought it might be useful in Carlton's highly charged security environment.  However when we tested it against the alternatives we had available, it was found wanting.'

The crack team of sonic researchers and security experts at Carlton's laboratories found the LRAD could not match the noise made by a team of under 11 cricketers appealing together for LBW.  These piercing screams could be heard at distances of over 4000 metres and was excruciatingly painful to the eardrums, being measured at slightly above 150 decibels and, in the view of the experts, would immediately quell any riot in the vicinity of Grange Loan.   

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