Leaders in public safety and tech companies alike have continued to show their dedication to COVID-19 relief in May. Apple is now sending Medical ID data to 911, Switzerland is piloting a new contact tracing solution via an app, and front-line workers continue their work in treating the pandemic.
At the same time, states in the U.S. and countries worldwide began to slowly re-open their economies. The coming weeks will be a test of how well states are prepared to prevent a second spike in confirmed cases.
911 News You Should Know
A dispatcher in Minnesota stayed on the line for 22 minutes with a distressed caller and successfully deescalated a life-threatening situation.
PulsePoint, a mobile app that sends alerts to users within a quarter mile of an individual that requires CPR, helped save a life in Lincoln, Nebraska.
IoT and Public Safety
T-Mobile is offering emergency agencies free unlimited talk, text, and data service for 10 years, including 5G.
A new Swiss app, SwissCovid, will utilize Apple and Google’s contact-tracing framework. Users can confirm if they have tested positive for COVID-19, and bluetooth technology will alert nearby users of their proximity.
Researchers are studying how health data from wearable technology can predict COVID-19 symptoms before they appear.
RapidSOS in the News
In Alexandria, VA, dispatchers are taking 911 calls remotely with a secure connection and web-based response tools like RapidSOS.
iPhone Medical ID information can now be delivered to 911 through the RapidSOS platform in the event of an emergency.