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
9-1-1 telecommunicators face record spikes in call volumes, likely due to COVID-19, straining the emergency response infrastructure.
First responders are faced with uncertainty when responding to emergencies due to an increased risk to COVID-19 exposure amid PPE shortages.
Public-private partnerships are helping power contact tracing and COVID-19 response efforts.
IoT and Public Safety
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.