Smart community, smart public safety
Thursday 14 June: 9.00-9.45am
Bill Schrier — Senior Advisor, First Responder Network Authority
Cities and communities worldwide are embracing the Internet of Things, building sensors and control features into their infrastructure and becoming ‘smart’ in how they manage water, power, transportation and all the other services vital to the community. These capabilities also impact and improve how responders protect themselves and the safety of the people and property in that community. The ‘Internet of Life-Saving Things’ or IoLST is that set of devices which impact public safety. It includes sensors and devices used and worn by responders, or those in their vehicles, as well as those present in the infrastructure of the community. These include responder tools and weapons, connected vehicles, video cameras, healthcare monitors, lighting and transportation controls and smart building capabilities like entrance controls, fire and burglar alarms.
Many communities are implementing such technologies to improve the management of their resources, but few fully embrace how such capabilities can improve public safety. This keynote will focus on the IoLST as it is being piloted and deployed in the United States and elsewhere, and how the U.S. First Responder Network (FirstNet) will be used to enhance both smart communities and smart public safety.