What We're Talking About This Week - March 16th

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In The News This Week

This week in industry news, StateTech published a piece on the recent surge of state and local agencies tapping unmanned aerial vehicles to improve emergency response and law enforcement visuals. While regulations are still in the works and the technology still has a way to go, innovate governments are starting to test drones in the field with hopes that they can solve several civic challenges.

Key Highlights:

  • Law enforcement can get eyes on the scene more quickly and can improve situational awareness for officers first to arrive at an emergency
  • Drones can simplify disaster response by surveying roads and damage in places that helicopters can't reach and can assist local response agencies by updating them on available routes and warning them of road blockages
  • The technology exists to help stop drones from entering unwanted airspace through geofencing, or virtual perimeters based on GPS data, to keep drones out of certain, restricted areas

Not sure if your community is ready to commit to drone technology? There are plenty of other innovate public safety strategies you can explore to better protect your citizenry that might be an easier first step.

This Week From the Rave Team

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog.

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Rave in the News

Colorado College recently held their annual Safety Week to educate students on general safety tips, different safety resources available to them on campus, and targeted safety training workshops. One workshop in particular focused on active assailant training and what a student might be expected to do in the case of an intruder emergency.

Colorado College Campus Resource Officer Marty Toland emphasized that while the chance of an active assailant intruding on CC's campus is slim, it is still important to arm community members with the procedural awareness needed during an emergency.

Students were also reminded that during an emergency, campus communications would be sent to them through the mass notification system Rave Alert. If students had information to share with campus safety officers, they could connect with them through the Rave Guardian campus safety app or by dialing 911 directly.

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Jackson Lucas

Written by Jackson Lucas

Jackson - an enthusiastic rock climber and storyteller - focuses his time on content creation, SEO strategy, and working with current Rave customers to make sure they have the proper tools and knowledge to execute successful community marketing campaigns. In a previous life, he was an avid scientist and environmentalist. He spent his undergraduate career studying rocks and educating others on environmental sustainability and eco-justice. He also spent 4 years diligently researching the history of climate change in Antarctica to better understand today's changing world. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Colgate University.

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