by Angela Guess
IBM has made the news recently with two public safety projects in the UK. First, “Tayside Fire and Rescue in Scotland today announced the selection of IBM to improve the management of critical firefighting and emergency response assets. The project includes the use of sophisticated IBM software to help automate maintenance and provide real-time information on the equipment critical to the safety of firefighters and the citizens they protect.”
The release adds, “Tayside Fire and Rescue will now have the ability to manage, measure and track the entire life cycle of vital equipment. This not only includes all the operational equipment carried on the fleet of fire engines, high-reach platforms and specialist appliances but also the gloves, specialist protective clothing, safety footwear, self-contained breathing apparatus and safety helmets designed to withstand water and high temperatures.” Read more here or check out an infographic about the project here.
In other IBM news, the company recently announced that “the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is using IBM Business Analytics software to help officers more quickly identify and respond to crime trends, reduce incidents and improve data sharing across its 29 policing areas and 80 stations. This improved insight has helped PSNI to identify and manage crime spots and assisted them with reducing overall recorded crime rates in Northern Ireland which are now at their lowest level in more than a decade.” Read more here.
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