As the world enters the new hurricane season while at the same time battling the COVID-19 crisis, the first responder agencies have stepped up to the challenge and continue to work day and night. They work round the clock to make our communities healthier and safer.
The good news is that there has been a wide range of technological advances that empower first responders, ensuring that their efforts are carried with precision and effectiveness. The more people adopt these innovations, the better the first responders’responders’ efforts will be as they result in swifter and better responses.
Here’s a glance of three of the most promising ways the emergency services sector can put tech to work.
- Mobile devices as sensors – In today’s interconnected world, your phones, watches, and other wearables are becoming a crucial sensor that can notice a change in your heart rate and give first responders critical information when it comes to your surroundings. These everyday items are now packed with the latest and best technology to make a crucial difference during the first responder efforts.
- Connectivity – With new technologies allowing the first responders to locate survivors trapped in the wreckage by issuing signals that activate their mobile devices even when networks collapse, it is not hard to see how connectivity is becoming crucial. The ability to create an ad-hoc network on sight has become one of the most sought after features by first responder agencies.
- Location – Use of mobile phone technology for locating persons lost while hill walking, mountain biking, canoeing/kayaking, SUP boarding has been responsible for saving many lives and hundreds of person-hours of searching. This technology enables the development of direction finders that can quickly pinpoint the location of the mobile device.
These technologies are just the beginning. As innovation proceeds apace, the array of mission-critical tools that can aid emergency services providers will increase. By harnessing technology, we can help first responders with crucial tools and information to help us all – turning minutes into seconds and victims into survivors.