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As the 5G networks continue to roll out, public safety will find many opportunities to take advantage of 5G’s capabilities in the next 2-3 years. As public safety increases its use of drones, body worn cameras, artificial intelligence, and other forms of Big Data, these new technologies, ranging from drones to connected ambulances, could help emergency workers deal with fires, hurricanes, bombings, active shootings and medical emergencies.
The National Emergency Number Association (NENA), estimates there are about 240 million 911 calls made in the US each year. These emergency calls are answered by exceptional people who can calmly, rationally, and with compassion, aid people in their time of need. AI offers solutions that could make those invaluable human response times faster as well as more informed, and result in more people receiving help.
New Technology was certainly another hot topic this year. Many new technologies and enhancements that have the promise of great things for Public Safety were announced at APCO 2019. Many of the attendees saw the benefits of these new capabilities and are excited to be able to implement them as they see how they can assist them in meeting today’s challenges. However, as a group they commonly expressed several obstacles in the implementation of new technology – Funding and Staffing.
The buzz word “big data” has been around in information technology for a while, but only recently has it been correlated with Public Safety. While big data is defined as data sets whose size or type are beyond the ability of traditional relational databases to capture, manage, process and analyze; it also incorporates components of artificial intelligence (AI), mobile data, social media and the Internet of Things (IoT), including data from sensors, devices, video/audio, networks, log files, transactional applications, web, and social media.
Big Data Defined. Big data refers to the unprecedented amount of data created through an increasingly connected and mobile world, cloud computing, and, above all, the Internet of Things. The volume and velocity of data available today was unthinkable even a few years ago and have overwhelmed traditional data processing and analytical techniques. In response, new databases and analytical tools were created with the capacity to deal with these extremely large data sets.
In many developing countries, there is not a single number to call; most countries in the developing world have three emergency numbers—police, fire and emergency medical. Dialing the right number in a crisis, can be confusing for anyone in an emergency.