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.
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.