What We're Talking About This Week - November 20th, 2020

The United States is nearing 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, raising concerns for the long winter ahead. Governing Magazine compiled 10 ways to keep the momentum from contactless government going, as demand for digital and no-touch services has grown 20% across the United States. In a major setback, New York City schools will shut down over parents objections due to high COVID-19 rates. Digital check-ins for COVID-19 provide additional safety benefits, according to employers and smart technology companies. Robots are joining the fight against COVID-19 in a Pennsylvania hospital, with the machines killing 99.9% of germs or spores. Trust and engagement are key for post-pandemic smart cities, CTOs emphasized during a recent virtual conference. 

Key Points: 

  • As cities plan their technology projects for 2021, they’re focusing more than ever on developing trust between government agencies and the residents who have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic
  • The pandemic has, in some cases, forced government to move “five to 10 years” ahead of schedule in deploying technology, New York Chief Technology Officer John Paul Farmer said during virtual panel hosted by the Smart City Expo World Congress.
  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he would be accelerating the city’s “Internet Master Plan” in July with a $157 million investment into new network infrastructure, and announced that the deployment would be done in tandem with the city’s racial and equity task force to ensure neighborhoods with the least connectivity are assisted first.
  • Residents are also encouraged to provide feedback about which city services they’d like to see made contactless, and how those services can be “human-centric,” or easier to use. 

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

Why HR Leaders Should Evaluate Their Company Communications Software Before the New Year

employee communications

It’s safe to say that nobody could have predicted the dire impact of the coronavirus pandemic back at the beginning of the new year. For those working in human resources, the responsibilities of talent acquisition, internal professional development, and management of benefits for the workforce have abruptly changed to navigating the new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. One fact has remained a constant need for businesses and organizations across the nation: efficient employee communication.


Severe Weather Preparedness: How to Keep Your Community Safe When Seconds Matter

Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe weather events and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, wildfires and droughts, are wreaking havoc across every part of the U.S. They are happening more frequently, causing tremendous amounts of damage — often in the billions — for each event. So how do you keep your community safe when seconds matter? It starts with severe weather preparedness and understanding the nature and frequency of events impacting your community.


Why Cyberbullying Is On The Rise with Virtual Learning

continued rise in cyberbullying with virtual learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced K-12 schools to transition to virtual learning, and along with teaching challenges, administrators are contending with a continued rise in cyberbullying. Many young people are finding the majority of their social interactions online amid social distancing and lockdown measures. While these interactions over Zoom, FaceTime, or social media platforms like Instagram, TikTok, or WhatsApp can be positive social behaviors by encouraging students to stay connected, the shift into the digital sphere has also come with an alarming rise in online harassment and cyberbullying.


Rave In The News 

Ask K-12 schools and college campuses what the catalyst for purchasing a panic button system was, and many will tell you active shooter events. However, schools have quickly learned that these security features support many other aspects of school safety. In this article, Captain Rick Francis discusses his choice to adopt Rave Panic Button and Todd Piett provides insight on the technology’s development. 

Read the whole story here. 

Mary Kate McGrath
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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