Disaster Zone

Internet of Things (IoT) for Emergency Services

With the capability comes risks.

by Eric Holdeman / March 19, 2017

We are going to be more connected than ever before. And it won't take a conscious decision to do so, it will happen automatically with Machine to Machine (M2M) communications happening at the speed of light.

See this short article, IoT: Connected Emergency Services, which highlights just a few of the "elements" of our everyday "professional lives." It is estimated that by 2020, more than 30 billion devices are expected to be online ... and connected to one another.

Of course with every advance and positive — there is a negative. One of the last big hack attacks of 2016 was someone leveraging security cameras that had not had their default password changed to become part of a denial of service attack on unsuspecting people and organization. Thus, there is some personal responsibility that comes with owning and operating these "connected" devices.

As a firefighter, you won't want your turnout gear leveraged in some cybersecurity scheme — will you?