The first responders who run toward danger – fires, explosions, natural disasters – depend on their training, wits and experience, along with technology that can deliver life-saving communications, situational awareness and more. But new technologies may deliver even greater capabilities to lessen the risk to responders while improving the speed and agility of response teams. Operation Convergent Response 2019 (OCR2019) puts new and developing technologies in the hands of responders in realistic scenarios to see if these tools can provide an advantage in crisis situations. Presented by Verizon and Nokia, Operation Convergent Response 2019 takes place at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Georgia, from November 19-21.
“With the advancement of 5G, you’ll be able to see … a firefighter going into a burning building to wear an augmented reality headset, to allow them to stay heads up and hands free, to see inside a smoke-filled room.”
- Jad Muntasser, Verizon
In the first of two conversations for the Government Technology Insider Podcast, we spoke with Tammy McLean and Jad Muntasser of Verizon, Luisa Miller-Hughley of Nokia and Doug Lang of the Guardian Centers, to find out how #OCR2019—with its six scenarios that include a tunnel emergency, a gas pipeline explosion and a cyberattack on critical infrastructure—can give responders a real world sense of how cutting edge tech can help them contain the damage, reduce property loss and, most of all, save more lives.
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