Our cities and towns along with our vehicles are becoming more connected every day. There are beacons being added in retail locations and Wi-Fi enabled streetlights being installed. Personal cars can increasing do more things with their connection to the internet and themselves. It is no different for workforce vehicles. The vehicle area networks can collect vast amounts of data. But what happens to all that information? How do we use it?
The power is in being able to process and apply it quickly to a situation.
Keeping networks secure is a hot topic these days. It almost seems like a weekly news story – another organization has their network hacked. While no system is a 100% “hack-proof,” you can make your company and systems a harder target. If you utilize (licensed, UHF, or VHF) narrowband routers for communications, one way to limit access is having devices with secure remote logins.
There’s no debate about the importance of situational awareness. For police, fire, and medical first responders, knowing as much as possible about an incident before arriving at the scene is a life-saving necessity. Fortunately, computer-aided dispatch and other technologies have existed for years to provide critical advance information. Officers and field personnel have access to medical data, call history, maps and topography, and other knowledge to help them plan when responding to a scene.
Emergency events, while unplanned, are a part of life – from manmade to natural disasters to an animal in a well. Often overlooked, yet essential to getting the situation handled, is how your mission-critical information (communications and data) gets delivered in real-time.