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Monthly News Round Up – April 2020

April 30, 2020
News Round Up April

Throughout April, COVID-19 showed no signs of stopping. The U.S. now has 1,000,000 of the world’s total Coronavirus cases. Public safety reported increased 9-1-1 call volumes in highly impacted areas. New York City has 9-1-1 calls every 15.5 seconds, citing a higher rate of cardiac arrests and respiratory failures. 

Recognizing the need for more support, companies have stepped up with solutions of their own. Google and Apple have come together to use their technology to track the spread. The rise in partnerships between tech and public safety have meaningful implications for a world post COVID-19 – a world that not only connects more people to help instantly, but that also predicts and preempts emergencies.

9-1-1 News You Should Know

911 centers report higher call volumes, spike in domestic violence calls amid COVID-19

9-1-1 telecommunicators face record spikes in call volumes, likely due to COVID-19, straining  the emergency response infrastructure. 

First Responders Want Prior Warning About Who Has Coronavirus

First responders are faced with uncertainty when responding to emergencies due to an increased risk to COVID-19 exposure amid PPE shortages.

Tracking Coronavirus the Old-Fashioned Way: 911 Calls

Public-private partnerships are helping power contact tracing and COVID-19 response efforts.

IoT and Public Safety 

How Apple and Google are tackling one of the toughest parts about tracking COVID-19 exposures

Apple and Google have joined forces to track the spread of the Coronavirus, using Bluetooth to monitor COVID-19 patients and people’s proximity to each other. 

Dell Technologies Services Goes To Bat In The Fight Against COVID-19

As more people work-from-home, and government and medical services demand more IT support, Dell is ramping up its efforts to power and support those at the frontlines of COVID-19 response. 

Israel is using AI to flag high-risk covid-19 patients

Maccabi Healthcare Services is using artificial intelligence to identify which of the 2.4 million people it covers are most at risk of severe COVID-19 complications.

Apple Watch saved my life: 5 people share their stories

The Apple Watch serves as more than a step counter – its safety features have saved lives worldwide. From its built-in heart rate monitor to its fall detection, the smart watch helps alert both users and emergency services when incidents occur.

RapidSOS in the News

4 NYC Tech Companies on the COVID-19 Front Lines

Recognized among Ambulnz, DaisyBill, and cleancult, RapidSOS has been named one of four NYC tech companies at the frontlines of COVID19,supporting first responders during these trying times.

911 Systems Under Strain Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

In a segment with Cheddar News, RapidSOS CEO Michael Martin highlights the challenges facing 9-1-1 amid COVID-19 and how 9-1-1 centers are adapting to this crisis.

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