Emergency response: TGIoT

By Sara Brown

As the remains of Erica flood my morning commute just days after the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it seems the time to reflect with gratitude on the improvement in emergency response driven by innovation in and around the Internet of Things.

To be sure, the monitoring of weather is among the earliest and most broadly adopted use cases in the Internet of Things. Living in a hurricane-prone state, I can’t imagine a life without these predictive systems—and I’m delighted to find new uses of connected technology to assist in disaster recovery.

An article in Wired last week takes a closer look at some of the ways the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is leveraging technology including social media and smartphone apps to assist in disaster preparedness, communications and response.

I’m most interested in the growing use of drones and robotics in search and rescue operations; the application of asset and fleet management systems to streamline delivery of needed supplies, and the integration of a world of Internet of Things devices from smoke detectors to water pressure monitors to optimize the delivery of emergency services to survivors. Way to go, IoT— keep innovating!