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WHITE PAPER FIRST RESPONDERS +1.855.813.3385 | cradlepoint.com 2 Trends in First Responder Connected Technologies New and innovative connected technologies are helping first responders be more efficient in the performance of their duties, stay safer, collaborate better, and access crucial information faster. The following are some examples of real-world technology use cases and the challenges that first responder IT organizations may encounter in the implementation and management of them. IoT Devices IoT devices refers to a wide variety of connected devices that provide real-time visibility, situational awareness, or functionality. Typically, IoT devices are task- specific and have limited internal networking or computing power, such as sensors, security cameras, robots, and drones. The adoption of IoT technologies are creating new ways to improve first responder effectiveness, safety, and accountability. Examples of In-Vehicle & Field-Based IoT Devices in Action — Dashboard, body-worn, and other video recording devices are becoming commonplace among first responder organizations. Some camera implementations are designed to begin recording based on event triggers, such as removing a firearm or taser from a holster or gun rack. — In many agencies across the U.S., K-9 officers are utilizing body worn buttons, which are used to remotely trigger the opening of a K-9 cruiser door to release police dogs during critical situations. — Firefighters can use camera-enabled drones to fly over a structure or wildfire to analyze the situation and plan fire-fighting strategies from a safe distance. — Onboard sensors on ambulances are used to track the consumption of medications for billing, stocking, and compliance purposes. These sensors can even notify a supervisor whenever a regulated medication is dispensed. — Police and sheriff agencies are using drones to surveil locations and assess potential threats before sending in officers or deputies to serve warrants — which is one of highest-risk duties that first responders must carry out. — Bomb squads and SWAT teams can use robots to handle suspicious packages, defuse explosives, and scout out dangerous crime scenes from a safe distance. Video Surveillance Tablets & MDTs GPS Analytics Body Cameras Wearables Sensors WiFi police, fire & EMS agencies use Cradlepoint solutions to help keep communities safe. Cradlepoint collected data 3,000+

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