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IoTs and Public Safety

The Internet of Things (IoT), consists of wireless-enabled devices that collect, send and act on data they acquire from their surrounding environments using embedded sensors, processors and communication hardware. The devices themselves are usually referred to as IoTs.

IoTs can play a significant role in Public Safety. For example, wireless enabled smoke detectors could instantly report a fire, eliminating the delays associated with the homeowner waking up, making a phone call and providing location information.

The idea can be extended to detect and mitigate wildfires. IoTs deployed throughout fire prone areas could help stop a small fire from becoming a large one. Within seconds of an IoT detecting a fire, a helicopter with water could be on its way to quench it.

Another Public Safety application is using CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) detectors to protect infrastructures, ports of entry, large events, etc. The number of public safety IoT applications is unlimited.

IoTs deployed for wildfire detection and mitigation.

PublicEye Supports IoTs

Just like CAD systems, IoTs can also connect to PublicEye. First responders use PublicEye to respond to an incident whether it is reported by a person through a 911 call or by an IoT.


CBRNE Sensors


Sensor data


Sensor data + augmented data & alerts


First responders w/ cell phones & tablets

PublicEye at AT&T Stadium

PublicEye was deployed at the AT&T Stadium during the 2018 NFL draft. Nuclear radiation detectors were placed at strategic choke points throughout the stadium. These detectors were connected to PublicEye through FirstNet. This is believed to be the first deployment of its kind.

Until now, sensor information was available to only a few in a command and control room environment. PublicEye makes the information available to every first responder.

If you want to see how how PublicEye technology is used for industrial applications, visit iot2cell.com.

PublicEye Supports ESRI Maps

Not just for police, fire and EMS anymore

PublicEye now supports ESRI maps. This means that the cities can use maps customized by their GIS departments instead of the mobile OS supplied maps such as the Apple Maps.

PublicEye supports multiple ESRI maps that can be dynamically loaded into their phones or tablets by the first responders on an as needed basis. For example, in the case of a subway fire, a map of the city’s subway system can be loaded. This map could show nearest entry points, underground water resources, etc.

ESRI support is yet another feature that makes PublicEye useful to a whole new class of city workers beyond the traditional police, fire and EMS. Now the GIS, traffic enforcement, public works and other departments can benefit from easy access to maps they need in the field.

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"An important aspect of a fire department is the ability to celebrate your traditions and still maintain the idea of innovation. PublicEye®, for us, is the most recent innovation we’ve had. It’s a technology that’s come at the right time."

Chief AchillesPortsmouth Fire

"With the iPad…[officers are] getting the information much quicker than they used to. This information is vital to the decisions they make so they can make fast, reliable, quick decisions at a moment’s notice."

Chief LavaleeLowell Police

"Anything that they needed to do remotely was all done from the device running through the PublicEye software. So this gave us an entire new dimension for the Boston Marathon that we never had before."

Officer WilderBrookline Police

"PublicEye allows everyone to be on the same page...it is absolute state of the art technology for public safety."

Chief BoyntonTownsend Fire

"Our engine can move out, supported by turn-by-turn directions after just one touch on the 911 call object on the map. Before we get there, we can even see photos and videos of the fire Tweeted by the residents and the neighbors. I cannot overemphasize the value of having another jurisdiction’s information in the hands of our first responders."

Chief WigginBedford Fire

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