In The News This Week
In recent industry news, a Juniper study commissioned by Intel estimates that smart cities have the potential to "give back" a remarkable 125 hours to every resident every year. Additionally, the study ranks the top 20 smart cities worldwide across multiple factors, including public safety, and reveals how these cities deliver positive outcomes for quality of life, safer environments, and more.
Key Highlights from the Study:
- Improvements in public safety can deliver substantial time benefits for smart city citizens. For example, street lights can be transformed into connected digital infrastructure beacons, monitoring the pulse of city life, which enable a range of local departments to be safer, cleaner, and more efficient. They can also be used to prioritize emergency service vehicles through traffic light phasing and driver re-routing.
- High-ranking safety winners such as Singapore and New York City have worked to address violent crime by taking a data-driven approach. New York City has found predictive modeling to be a key asset for both law enforcement and fire services.
- Machine learning enabled software can be used to predict crime spots on any given day.
Read the full report here to learn how you can begin transforming your community into a smart city.
This Week From the Rave Team
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Rave in the News
Spring's arrival signals the start of many severe weather events, including powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes. These storms can prove especially challenging to citizens with hearing loss. K.K. Gross, who runs the clinical operations for Shea Hearing Center in Memphis and Nashville, TN says the these emergencies can make communication difficult for hearing-impaired residents. Gross says there are easy steps people with hearing loss can take in advance to mitigate an emergency's impact, including putting together an emergency preparedness kit and equipping your home with emergency-detecting assistive technology devices.
For residents living in Nashville and various other counties throughout Tennessee, Gross recommends they take advantage of Smart911. With this free service, residents can create a safety profile and input their medical history, noting any hearing impairments, that would be important for first responders to know about during an emergency. Gross says that it's important to have people in your network who know about your disability, and that includes emergency personnel.
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