Russian inventions steal the show in Geneva

Rescuers working for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry received two gold, two silver and two bronze medals, after displaying their inventions at the 29-th, Geneva-2001, international exposition of inventions, new equipment and products. This was disclosed here today by Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Mikhail Faleyev. The latest exhibition featured more than 1,000 inventions from 44 countries of the world. Their list includes the Aqua CS deep-sea remote-controlled system, as well as the really unique helmet replete with a built-in video camera that shows a rescue worker's environment on a special VDU (Visual Display Unit); as a matter of fact, no other country can boast such video equipment at this stage. The helmet and its camera were developed by people from an R&D center at Moscow's Bauman State Technical University, as well as by experts working for the Moscow-based Pliss Ltd. company. Both inventions received gold medals. A portable gas-flame spray-coating unit for hardening production tools, which was developed at the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's Civil Defense Academy, as well as an integrated water-purification unit/desalter being offered by Krasnodar's Polymer-Filter company, received silver medals. (The city of Krasnodar is located in southern Russia -- Ed.) Meanwhile bronze medals went to the VOP-3 helicopter-borne detachable sprayer system that was invented by another Krasnodar-based company, e.g. Pankh; another bronze medal was received by the inventors of the Temp protective suit, which is designed for use during earthquakes and man-made disasters. The Temp sewing-industry R&D institute, whose staffers developed the above-mentioned suit, is located in Moscow.

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