News Round Up – Sept. 2020

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Unpredictable weather and public health threats have inspired companies to improve how they protect their customers, employees, and communities during emergencies.  Some of the world’s largest companies and organizations have found that a direct connection to first responders is necessary to offer genuine protection. Read on to discover the different ways both public safety and innovators are meeting in the middle to protect their communities. 

 

Tech and Public Safety 

Manatee County could be the first in the nation to use drones for faster 911 response

Manatee County is considering using a self-flying drone to get medical supplies to people in need before help arrives on scene, including tools like an AED, NARCAN, or a tourniquet. 

 

Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house

Ring’s new Always Home Cam will give homeowners multiple viewpoints of their home while away, flying around rooms following the home’s floor plan when instructed to or when triggered by a disturbance.

 

Amazon, Apple, and Google’s open-source smart home standard is on track for a 2021 launch

Project Connected Home over IP, spearheaded by Amazon, Apple, and Google, will launch in 2021, making it easier for smart home and security systems to connect to different voice assistants. 

 

911 News You Should Know

Thursday’s storm tackled by Florence County Communications without a problem

Florence County Communications saw their call volume double at the height of the passing of the remnants of Hurricane Sally. Utilizing their response toolkit, including RapidSOS, the center successfully rescued cars caught in the flood.

 

Cabell EMS, 911 report successes in COVID-19 protocol

In West Virginia, the Cabell County Emergency Response Center has seen no cases among staff, after equipping its first responders and dispatchers to respond to calls using caller data about their exposure to COVID-19. 

 

RapidSOS in the News

WSCO Partners With Rapidsos To Better Serve 9-1-1 Callers

Walton County Sheriff’s Office has been certified as RapidSOS Ready. “Minutes count when our dispatchers make decisions to protect our callers and first responders. RapidSOS can help save lives as they deal with today’s unprecedented challenges,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson.

 

‘Call of my career’: Rock County dispatcher guides lost hikers out of forest

Matt Bender, dispatch supervisor at Rock County 911, successfully guided a couple out of a forest using the RapidSOS platform.