Launched in 2014, AskRail is a mobile app developed by the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Association of American Railroads that’s available for free to first responders who need to know what to expect at the scene of a train incident. Users enter railcar numbers into the app’s search engine to instantly see what’s onboard.
West announced results of a wireless 9-1-1 location trial using its Wireless Dispatchable Location Services and Google’s Android Emergency Location Services technologies. The purpose of West’s trial was to determine if WDLS using ELS could improve on the carrier-based location provided to 9-1-1 call centers through faster delivery of the location, improved accuracy of the location or both.
Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service and New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness as well as their public safety partners. The city connected Motorola’s CommandCentral Aware software to its Motorola PremierOne computer-aided dispatch system to integrate voice, data and video.
President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 582—legislation better known as Kari’s Law—requiring that emergency callers can dial 911 directly from phones associated with multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) that are commonplace in hotels, offices and other enterprises.
Apple Valley Watch, a public safety app that allows users to “Report a Problem” from their smartphones, was soft launched by the town. Available for download on iPhone and Android mobile devices, Apple Valley Watch’s main feature allows users the option to photograph or video an incident, provide report details and select the report type from a 14-option list that includes suspicious activity and vandalism.
Apple announced that its new operating system, scheduled to be released in the second quarter, will offer support for advanced mobile location. The technology will automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
A new “safe cities” survey sponsored by Unisys and conducted by research company YouGov queried a total of nearly 4,000 respondents in 10 cities around the world to gauge their attitudes on a wide range of security-related issues. U.S. city dwellers registered a high level of willingness to use online media to help law enforcement agencies combat crime. “This survey shows that people in U.S. cities want two-way interaction with law enforcement agencies,” said Mark Forman, global head, Unisys Public Sector.”