Use of IoT to improve worker´s safety
Every day we hear new predictions about how Internet of Things (IoT) will change the world and transform our way of life. What you may not think is that IoT has changed the way we respond to emergencies and save lives.
With the growth of IoT, major industries and government organizations are enjoying their benefits. Emergency responders are no exception. Globally, IoT plays an important role in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency response systems, saving lives and making cities safer.
Use of sensors to improve emergency response
What does IoT have to do with an emergency response? To begin with, the development of advanced sensors has enabled appliances, buildings and even clothing to become intelligent and connected. This has enormous benefits for emergency responders – the more information they have, the easier and safer their work becomes. All branches of the emergency department benefit from IoT solutions in a unique way.
The goal of EMT is to save time and improve patient care. Now, IoT allows EMTs to access patient records from moving databases. They can also transmit vital signs of patients to hospitals during their ambulance transit, giving hospital staff the information they need to prepare for admission. In-depth knowledge of the condition of patients allows them to have the right personnel and equipment in hand when the patient arrives.
The police officer authorized by IoT – building a future for the application of digital law
There are opportunities offered by the IOT to improve police services, most of which are listed below:
Risk analysis and prioritization of resources
Advanced use of data – gathering and analyzing information from multiple sources – could help police to prioritize resources and protect businesses. Visualization systems now exist that allow forces to monitor and integrate a wide range of data flows, such as transit maps, meteorological reports and crime statistics. The authorities can then look for models and trends.
Recovery of evidence
Forensic digital medicine is a growing aspect of the daily police. The IoT, however, has the potential to make it easier and faster to gather evidence. “Digital Medical Devices” could significantly speed up police investigations, as officers could extract the required information much more quickly than they do today.
Police and Public Security
The connected autonomous vehicles will provide the opportunity to cover areas that would otherwise not have priority. Systems are already designed to enable connected ambulances, police cars and engines to communicate with other vehicles on the road. Similarly, body cameras have already been deployed in all forces to improve accountability, while sensors offer another opportunity to support agents operating the most dangerous environments.
IoT devices ranging from home security systems to sensors in smart cities will help the police know, in the most serious crimes, where a suspect was, with whom they were and what they were doing. Some felt that this could actually be a deterrent, as criminals know they have a much better chance of being trapped.
The Internet of Things and the Fire Department
Few organizations will benefit from IoT more than fire services. Fire departments are improving their response with sensors and databases providing advance information on fire progression, occupant numbers and floor plans.
IoT also makes jobs safer for firefighters. The new intelligent clothing, armed with sensors, signals the vital signs and temperature of firefighters in dangerous situations. This information helps firefighters decide when to withdraw or warn a rescue team that a firefighter is in trouble.
More and more opportunities are evolving every day, such as more affordable security and security systems that can monitor faster fire detection and control systems, doors, video cameras and thermostats. New fire stations are now installed with much of this IoT connectivity, which also includes Wi-Fi networks everywhere.