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The need for a chemical/biological early warning system within mass transportation sites is real and was being researched before the September 11 terrorist attacks. Since then, this research has become an operational necessity. Led by Argonne National Laboratory, along with teams from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), researchers created an early warning system for subways within a major metropolitan area. The entire system entailed the processing of sensor data, live meteorological data, video feeds, and real-time track/train data; execution of below- and aboveground dispersion models; and the timely display of results to subway and emergency personnel. The system is based extensively on Java technologies, and this article examines the merits of each J2EE package used. The Chem-Bio Emergency Management Informati... (more)