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Bringing tech innovation to wildfires: 4 recommendations for smarter firefighting as megafires menace the US

Bringing tech innovation to wildfires: 4 recommendations for smarter firefighting as megafires menace the US

June 25, 2021
The likelihood and occurrence of megafires across the US have increased over the years due to drier conditions, more ignition sources and other factors. As a result, many technological systems and devices have been introduced for detecting and tracking these fires. In the following article fire experts recommend greater accessibility to fire technology, better coordination […]
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How Rugged Mobile Tech Gives Disaster Response An Edge

How Rugged Mobile Tech Gives Disaster Response An Edge

March 03, 2021
As wildfires raged across the West last summer, firefighters tapped into high-tech tools to fight the blazes. More than 30 drone pilots, for example, guided UAVs into areas in Washington, Oregon, and California that were too dangerous for humans. The images — transmitted back to mobile devices — provided data to help track fires and […]
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Mesh Networks Can Connect Us During Disasters

Mesh Networks Can Connect Us During Disasters

December 28, 2020
In 2018, US public safety agencies like police, fire, EMS and emergency support personnel became connected with each other through the FirstNet network. The network has been very successful at coordinating efforts of the agencies during disasters. Low-cost mesh networking devices can use radio frequencies to enable communications completely independent of cell, Wi-Fi and satellite […]
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Firefighter Technology Gets an Upgrade

Firefighter Technology Gets an Upgrade

March 18, 2020
Firefighters work hard every day to protect our communities, but often they do so without the technical support they need to get the job done easily and safely. Given the complex, extreme nature of the work, these men and women require powerful hardware that can withstand high temps– but that’s not all. What happens if […]
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Two Ways Mobile Technology Improves Outage Restoration Time

Two Ways Mobile Technology Improves Outage Restoration Time

March 06, 2019
During 2017, the most recent year for which data is available, the U.S. suffered through 16 catastrophic weather events. These included three of the five costliest and most destructive hurricanes on record. Not only did these storms cost hundreds of billions of dollars, they also caused massive outages. Of the top five power losses in the […]
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Preparing for Natural Disasters: How FirstNet Fits into Your Disaster Response Plan

Preparing for Natural Disasters: How FirstNet Fits into Your Disaster Response Plan

February 27, 2019
With natural disasters costing the U.S. $91 billion in 2018 alone, and only predicted to continue accelerating in the coming years due to warming temperatures worldwide, emergency responders and public safety agencies are looking for ways to better prepare a disaster response plan. When the concept of FirstNet was born after first responders couldn’t communicate […]
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