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The Early Days of Early Warning … Were Alarming

The Early Days of Early Warning … Were Alarming

In a world of smartphone apps and desktop pop-ups, it’s hard to believe that a sign around a policeman’s neck was considered state-of-the art crisis communication.

Today, of course, emergency warnings are delivered via a variety of sophisticated channels: text messages, sirens, public service announcements, desktop pop-up alerts and smartphone apps. It’s a whole new level of protection from crisis situations that provides unprecedented physical security, employee protection, personnel accountability and staff recall.

And the future? Going forward, cellphones – and other cloud-based identity services – will probably emerge as the most efficient way to reach people. Anywhere, anytime.

Wearable devices will play a big part in emergency alerting, too. According to a new report published by Forrester Research – and presented at Le Web conference in Paris – the wearable tech market will triple in 2015. The report found that 45% of American respondents are excited about strapping a connected device onto their wrist to track fitness, play music and access the Web for email, information and entertainment.

Interestingly, many users wear these devices 24/7 – even while they sleep – making wearables a natural host for crisis communication apps. Even if their phone is set to silent or in another room, the wearable can alert users to danger via a gentle wrist vibration.

Check out this video to see wearables in action. They just may be exactly where early warning solutions are heading.

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