April 26, 2013 | by

Leveraging Open Data, Building Apps for Public Safety

White HouseOne of the core goals of the President’s Safety Data Initiative is to empower first responders and the public with information to make the safest and smartest decisions when they need it. In support of this goal, there has been a proliferation of innovative public safety apps—a number of which have been highlighted at the OSTP-supported Safety Datapalooza—using open data from local governments and Federal agencies.

The Red Cross Hurricane and Earthquake apps, for example, put lifesaving information in the hands of people who live in or are visiting hurricane- and earthquake-prone areas, giving instant access to local information on what to do before, during, and after hurricanes or earthquakes. And the PulsePoint app empowers citizens trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to provide life‐saving assistance to heart attack victims by notifying those trained citizens when someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency. The app also directs citizen rescuers to the location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator.

Read the full post by Tom Power and Brian Forde on the White House website.

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February 22, 2013 | by

9 Stories How Software Developers Save Lives

PulsePoint Volunteers at WorkdayHave you ever thought that software developer can save your life? The truth is that software developers save thousands of people’s lives today developing software and applications that not only simplify the work of doctors, police, firefighters, but even defend human lives. In this article we gathered only some examples of this.

#1 Pulsepoint App Helps People Suffering from Cardiac-Arrest

The idea of Pulsepoint is to notify people who are trained in Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. This application enables members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States. The application also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator.

See the other eight here.

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September 18, 2012 | by

White House Showcases Cool Tools For Public Safety

Chief Price on stage at White House DatapaloozaIt’s not easy following Todd Park, the federal government’s chief technology officer, and his breathless on-stage enthusiasm for promoting technical innovation in government and the virtues of collaboration.

Park clearly found an avid proponent, however, in Seth Harris, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor, who made a persuasive case last week in describing the inherent logic for government and the private sector to work jointly in turning information into useful tools for the American public and the U.S. economy.

Harris was one of nearly two dozen public officials and innovators invited by the White House to make presentations at the latest in a series of White House “Datapalooza” events Sept. 14 – this one aimed at showcasing how government data is being used to improve public safety. The half-day symposium was hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Read the rest of this article by Wyatt Kash at AOL Government.

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