Public safety and security

How EU's eCall system aims to turn minutes into lives saved

Tue, 2014-12-23 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

When there’s an accident, minutes count. Read how IBM plans to help first responders in the UK get to crash sites in as little as half the time, potentially saving 2,500 lives and 26 billion euros a year. That is, if the oft-delayed project can overcome some significant challenges.

Transforming cities: 3 California mayors share their stories

Mon, 2014-12-15 16:10 -- SCC Staff

Mayor Aquanetta Warren says Fontana was one paycheck from going bankrupt in the '90s. When Sam Abed was elected mayor, Escondido had a $16 million deficit. And as a candidate for Santa Ana mayor, Miguel Pulido was challenged to take on gang violence. See what these cities have done to turn the tide.

Coastal cities getting smarter about flood control

Fri, 2014-09-12 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Studies suggest every $1 worth of flood prevention can eliminate $4 worth of disaster recovery expenses later. So New York City's’s $3.7 billion coastal protection plan may be a great investment. But NYC isn’t alone in its preparation efforts. Learn how coastal communities around the world are taking action.