What We're Talking About This Week - January 25th

Picture of Mary Kate McGrath By Mary Kate McGrath


In the News 

Changes in technology are evolving the role of the emergency dispatcher, with new apps and software making next-generation 911 a realityTo keep college and university campuses safe, behavioral intervention teams must have a system for reviewing and assessing reports of individuals exhibiting concerning behavior. This innovative partnership allows a police officer to double as a paramedic, with the officer proposing the unique partnership between the employers. The agility of upstart safety makers is allowing them to beat manufacturing's old guard at keeping worker's safe with smart technologies, meaning tech startups will lead the new wave of industrial safety. 

Key Points: 

  • Despite a steady move toward robot-driven industry models, every year more than 2.78 million workers die as a result of occupational accidents or work related diseases. 
  • Over the last few years, startups have begun to improve workplace safety through innovative technologies leading the way to improve working conditions for manufacturing
  • These inventions include smart devices to detect cognitive failure, IoT devices to monitor and prevent industrial accidents, and smart cameras to detect gas leaks and hazardous substances 
  • The poor record of manufacturers and distributors across the world opens an opportunity for innovative startups to step in and make real changes which could ultimately save thousands of lives each year 

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.  

Four Higher Ed Trends Gleaned From Our Most Downloaded Content

College Summer Campus safety will remain a hot topic for higher ed throughout 2019, but a few key themes stand out as top higher ed trends. At Rave, we have noticed an increased interest in our campus safety-related content. We predict that community engagement through a community policing approach will continue to play a critical role in campus safety throughout 2019 and beyond. Here are the four high ed trends to be gleaned from 


Most State Laws to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Fail to Protect Traveling Nurses

protect traveling nursesAlthough OSHA enforces a duty of care on employers to protect staff from foreseeable hazards and has produced guidelines for preventing workplace violence for healthcare and social service workers, most state laws to prevent workplace violence in the healthcare industry fail to protect traveling nurses. This blog explores how technology can help better look out for these employees. 


A Lesson in School Emergency Planning From The Parkland School Shooting

school emergency planningThe tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February of last year shocked the U.S. As details emerged about the devastating event that took the lives of 17 people, those focused on student safety wondered how they could prevent a similar event from happening in their own school.



Rave In the News 

In San Juan County, New Mexico, two highschools will be the first in the state to deploy a new system designed to rapidly report incidents that reuire immediate 911 assistance using a smartphone app. Hector Balderas, New Mexico Attorney General, joined local government, education officials, and first responders this morning to announce the Rave Panic Button app will be installed at the Aztec and Bloomfield high school campuses. When an emergency situation arises, the user can identify the button in the app that represents the nature of their emergency, including options for fire, medical, police and active shooter. The person who activates the active shooter button immediately will be connected to 911, and an emergency alert will be sent to all users at the same time. 

Read more here. 

Mary Kate McGrath

Written by Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.


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