It's a problem year-round, but drunk driving gets extra attention during the holidays. Police departments put more officers on patrol and designated driver campaigns hit the airwaves. But what if smartphone apps could help too? Click for a look at four that aim to do just that.
Public safety and security
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.
Rampant fraud. Hospital patients misidentified. Children picked up at daycare by unauthorized persons. Experts say all of those things and much more can be solved with the advent of connectivity and biometrics. Read some real-life examples.
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.
The goal of a new mental health app is to prevent hundreds of deaths from mass killings by identifying and stopping people before they kill. Click to learn more about it.
Los Angeles is turning to open data to help rebuild the public’s trust in its embattled fire department. Learn more about its new response time website and what the city hopes to accomplish.
Hazardous materials emergencies require special attention from first responders to save lives and property. Find out how the cloud is making it easier for them to get the information they need.
A North Carolina police department cut violent gun crime by nearly half, and it did it without additional police officers or sweeping surveillance. Learn how data analytics technology from IBM is helping stop criminals in Durham.
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.
It's rare to find anyone who doesn't send text messages, but in the U.S. there's one large group that still can't receive them: 911 operators. The FCC is pressing wireless carriers to make the technology available, but not everyone in law enforcement agrees it's the right way to go. Cost is an issue too.