Why AI might be the most under-used emergency response tool

by • 4 weeks ago

A new report from Microsoft makes a case for why emergency management agencies should be doing more with artificial intelligence.

Wildfire tech, cybersecurity upgrades in California's 2020 budget

by • 7 months ago

Fire officials could get a new intelligence center for data-analysis, as California's security operations center gains a more stable backing.

California CIO says wildfires website launched 'in record time'

by • 9 months ago

As the state's technology agency dials in to daily meetings for emergency response for fires and power outages, Amy Tong says her role remains one of support.

First innovative firefighting technology contracts come to California

by • 11 months ago

A predictive modeling platform and an ignition detection system come under a new rapid procurement process Gov. Gavin Newsom designed to attract creative ideas.

California to get help from Pentagon on wildfires

by • 1 year ago

The state will use data from a Cold War-era satellite to track new wildfires and expand its use of aerial drones, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

California hackathon to look for tech-driven solutions to state's deadly wildfires

by • 1 year ago

With the traditional start of wildfire season approaching, teams of developers will try to come up with new ways to detect blazes and help victims.

Telecom industry opposes California 'throttling' bill after wildfires

by • 1 year ago

The telecom industry's biggest lobbying association is pushing back on a bill that would prohibit wireless carriers from throttling public safety agencies' data plans.

Texas bill would prevent phone companies from 'throttling' first responders' data

by • 1 year ago

The legislation follows an incident in which Verizon cut off firefighters' mobile devices that hit a monthly data limit during the biggest wildfire in California history.

Tech response to disasters starts with culture, CIO of California's emergency services says

by • 2 years ago

Critical work doesn't get done unless everyone pitches in and supports each other, said Carla Simmons, the CIO of the state's Office of Emergency Services.