Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pretty good response

Last week's post about cleaning up our data pertaining to the location of AEDs in Lincoln got a pretty good response. A couple dozen AED registrations followed, and a few photos of AEDs in their context were added by users as well.

Several of these updates were made using PulsePoint AED, the free smartphone app made specifically for the purpose of collecting information about where AEDs are located in the community. Over the weekend, a big article by Erin Andersen in the Lincoln Journal Star gave a perfect example about how an AED in the workplace saved a life.

I'm certain there are more AEDs out there we don't have registered, though, and plenty of photos that could be collected using the handy "add photo" function in PulsePoint AED. Is one of them at your workplace?

PulsePoint AED is a companion app to PulsePoint Respond, which we hope to launch later this year in Lincoln. If you've followed my blog for a few years, you know that I've been interested in the technology of location-based services, which has been a frequent topic here. I can think of few other examples of how this technology can improve public safety than PulsePoint. Here is a short piece from ABC World News Tonight earlier this year that explains why:


Anonymous said...

Can you provide more info on why the Fire trucks are worn out?

Tom Casady said...

Sure. They are 17 years old. Generally, due to the stop-and-go driving and long periods of idling, you can roughly double the mileage on the odometer to get a better sense of the usage. The vehicles most in need of replacement are in the 125K to 158K range. So they are worn out for the same reason a 1998 Ford pickup with 250,000-316,000 miles would be worn out: old, tired, and starting to be a maintenance headache to keep running. Probably fine for an occasional trip to the dump hauling some branches until it finally goes kaput, but not so suitable for an emergency run.

The Grundle King said...

"As Public Safety Director Tom Casady pointed out, the ordinance (LMC 9.36.100) was passed by the Lincoln city council to keep guns out of the hands of convicted stalkers and others whom the city deems potentially dangerous."

Weird...the ordinance seems to include a lot more people than convicted stalkers and 'others' who are potentially dangerous.

Unless you believe that an adult older brother who gives his minor younger brother his old BB gun is someone who is 'potentially dangerous'.