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Wristband tracks firefighters’ chemical exposure

Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% higher risk of dying from the disease than the general adult United States population.

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Why government should do more to drive down the cost of prison calls

Incarcerated people are charged exorbitant rates to make calls or send emails, making it difficult for them to contact loved ones. But more connection with the outside world could help in reducing recidivism.

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Biden’s executive order on policing could help spur local reforms

The directive, which includes varied restrictions and alternatives, drew support from reform advocates as well as groups representing law enforcement officers and cities.

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App eases public transit for blind riders

Waymap provides step-by-step audio instructions to blind commuters -- without Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS or cellular signals.

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Biden says agencies will be ready for hurricane season. But a watchdog is warning of shortfalls

Federal responders will have what they need, president says. GAO says the government should do more to help local communities prepare.

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How 5G can transform public safety

At this time, 5G technology is still finding its feet, but it has already proven its value in several life-saving situations.

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FirstNet, NIST launch immersive emergency response training lab

The customized space is equipped with a motion capture system, 42 high speed optical tracking cameras, a variety of augmented and virtual reality headsets, and gear and fixtures that add a tactile component to simulations.

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FirstNet boosts in-building coverage

A new investment in the responder network will facilitate one of the most desired improvements.

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NJ combats vehicle theft with license plate readers

New Jersey will expand its network of high-speed automated cameras to crack down on record numbers of stolen cars.

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Pushing the envelope on drones for indoor emergency response

Participants in NIST’s First Responder UAS Indoor Challenge will design, build and fly a cost-effective, easily flyable drone solution to help search and rescue teams gain better situational awareness prior to entering a building.

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Choosing the right mobile tech to enhance first responder workflows

Flexible and modular devices can improve responders’ efficiency and situational awareness while future-proofing a municipality’s investments.

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Advancing public safety by protecting critical infrastructure

Integrated and collaborative systems improve situational awareness and help responders quickly detect and contain threats.

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AI app fills last-mile GPS gap for responders

Beans.ai digitized the paper maps responders mark with detailed information on hydrant locations, building exits and other crucial data, ran machine learning algorithms on them, geocoded them and passed them through a human review process to verify the data.

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Security equipment rebates aim to boost community safety

Chicago is offering residents and businesses rebates on security cameras, cloud storage and GPS-based vehicle trackers.

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Drone inspects subway tunnels after nearby building collapse

After the collapse of a parking garage over subway tunnels, officials in Boston used a drone to assess conditions before sending in a team of structural engineers for in-depth inspections.

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Police look to doorbell cameras to reduce crime

Through a community network of doorbell cameras, officials in Winnebago County, Illinois, hope to get faster notification of suspicious activity and improve criminal investigations.

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1-in-6 election officials report being threatened

In addition, 77% of those surveyed said the harassment is increasing and that they need more support from federal and local governments, a recent report shows.

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Proposed bill would let people know when law enforcement is surveilling them

The legislation would require law enforcement to disclose surveillance orders covering digital communications, such as e-mails and search histories, as well as more traditional calls and wiretaps. 

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3G sunset could impact public safety services

Public safety services that depend on the older network, like transit information displays, school buses and medical alert devices, will be affected.

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State upgrades mass alert system

Emergency managers in Iowa can now automatically push out safety alerts through emails, text messages, phone calls, RSS feeds and social media -- and in multiple languages.

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