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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we exclusively revealed the results to date of WA Police using Apple’s CarPlay on patrol. Police only need to use voice commands thanks to Motorola Solutions core application. Using CarPlay and SIRI has cut down the amount of paperwork officers are required to do per shift which means more time on the streets. I saw the demo firsthand at Motorola Solutions HQ this week. WA Police has been using the system for more than a year and in this segment I can tell you exclusively what the results are:

WA Police has completed more than 80 per cent of its daily operational tasks within the Motorola Solutions Core application, this includes dispatch, search, reporting and person custody – all the typical functions within an officer’s daily work flow  

  • Experienced significant cost savings — of around $15,000 AUD per vehicle — by not needing to fit out expensive, after-market mobile data terminals in police cars. Instead, they’re using smart software applications that use the existing, inbuilt media units already available within modern vehicles. That’s giving them vital control during incident response to work ‘heads up and focused on the road’ by using voice control for safe operations and focus when driving to the scene

  • Reduced the need to process up to 180,000 handwritten infringement notices every year, replacing them with digital records that can be quickly and easily populated via smartphones in the field.

  • Delivered time savings of at least 30 minutes per officer per shift (although that figure is likely to be much higher) by removing the need for record details about incidents with pen and paper notebooks in the field which later need to be transcribed into police databases back at the station.

  • In summary, smart mobile apps like these mean officers spend less time at the station and more time out in the field where they can have a far greater impact on community policing, building relationships with people and increase public safety overall.

  • Global awareness of what’s happening in Australia – It’s also Motorola’s understanding that the impact of this world-first public safety innovation is reverberating around the world. At least one US police agency is planning to look at what’s happening in Australia with this homegrown innovation and plans to come out here to see and learn about this deployment so they can consider adopting it in their own operations.    

MOTOROLA RAZR CONTINUES FLIP PHONE PRICE WAR

Motorola has joined the discounting war in the wake of OPPO’s entry in the flip phone market. The RAZR is now the cheapest out of the trio of phones. Motorola has reduced the RAZR by $200. It’s now selling for as low as $1397. The new OPPO Flip and Samsung Flip 4 begin at $1499. BUT the Samsung is only 128GB – the OPPO and MOTOROLA models are 256GB. This discounting is likely to continue – so make sure you check across the models when you decided to buy.

UNIDEN BABY MONITOR HAS SIMPLE BUT COMPELLING FEATURE

UNIDEN’s Smart Baby Monitor BW6101R, is a dual mode device in 2K (3MP) super HD resolution with handy clamp camera and portable battery backup. The clip is simple but not often found on many baby monitors – that you can trust. The multi-purpose adjustable clamp camera that allows parents to secure the device to the rails of a cot, a shelf, or stand freely on a bedside table or chest of drawers. The included portable battery backup ensures the camera will continue to roll in the case of a power outage or if the camera is accidentally unplugged, providing added peace of mind.

MAKING HUMANOID ROBOTS MIGHT BE WRONG

It appears that people will respond better to robots that are more like toys than humanoid. A study by the University of Cambridge found that people who interacted with robots that were more toy-like, felt a greater connection compared to human-like robots. Over four weeks, 26 employees took part in the weekly robot-led wellbeing sessions. The robots had the same voices, facial expressions and scripts but were different in appearance. The employees had a better rapport with the non-humanoid-like robot. It’s an indication that robots should not look like humans if we are to trust them.

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Australian Floods a Reminder to Keep Disaster Apps Up-to-Date

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One of the many dangerous aspects of flooding comes well after the rain has stopped and the blue skies return. This was the case in Queensland and NSW after an intense downpour over a short period last week.

Well after the rain had stopped, rivers were still rising as runoff snaked across the waterlogged soil. Residents were being urged to keep their phones charged and up-to-date with the latest apps that could save their life.

So, what apps should we have on our phones during a flooding event?

BOM

The first app should be Bureau of Meteorology. Nationally, people should install the BOM app for Apple and Android devices and setup your notifications. You can select three locations for constant updates.

You can also select from list of warnings, including flood and fire.

As I discussed with Tim Gilbert on Sky News Weekend Edition, many people may not have this app on their phone because the native weather app serves their daily needs. But when it comes to emergencies, the BOM App is a resource that all Australians should have on their phones.

BOM – iOS

BOM – ANDROID

HAZARDS NEAR ME

In NSW, the Hazards Near Me App shows disaster areas on a map which really helps to visualise the scope of the emergency. The icons vary from ADVICE, WATCH AND ACT TO EMERGENCY WARNING which essentially means evacuate. It even gives a time when to leave.

You also create a watch zone for your area or where a family member lives. This is by far the best app to use in an emergency, if you live in NSW.

HAZARDS NEAR ME – iOS

HAZARDS NEAR ME – ANDROID

EMERGENCY PLUS

Emergency Plus is the other app all Australians should have on their phone. This shows all the emergency contacts and their numbers.

Emergency Plus comes with the what3words feature built in. Triple Zero (000) callers can confirm their exact location without having to read out a long string of coordinates.

The app will change your coordinates into a simple three word phrase. what3words has divided the world into 3 metre squares and given each one a unique three word identifier.

EMERGENCY PLUS – iOS

EMERGENCY PLUS – ANDROID

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Temporary Disaster Roaming Takes Next Important Step

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Since March 2023, Telstra has been working with the government, TPG and Optus to develop a Temporary Disaster Roaming solution in Australia. And now an important milestone has been reached. TDR has been successfully tested in a simulation by Telstra as we show in the video above.

TDR is designed to keep us connected to any surviving mobile network during bushfires or floods.  If your network goes down, TDR will allow your phone to jump onto another network during the disaster. 

Overseas, countries such as Canada, Japan and the USA are developing or have implemented a form of temporary disaster roaming. And we really need it too.

Like most things in the wireless world, developing TDR is complex. Telstra has to take into account the stress it would put on any surviving network.

Last week Telstra ran a simulation at its 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast. The team started with a device on a mock network, and then simulated that network going down due to a disaster.

Telstra then simulated the temporary disaster roaming functionality, which allowed the device to roam onto its network and connect. This successful simulation was an important step in development of TDR.

“While there are technical, process and financial challenges to overcome, the learnings from our simulation will help guide ongoing conversations with industry and government to help make this temporary disaster roaming solution a reality,” said Telstra Technology Development Innovation Executive Channa Seneviratne. 

This roaming solution is separate from the ability to call Triple Zero, which is already active.

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Apple Extends Free Satellite SOS Service

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Apple has extended free access to its Emergency SOS via Satellite for an additional year for existing iPhone 14 users.

As Djuro Sen explains on Sky News in the video above, the free trial will be extended for iPhone 14 users who have activated their device in a country that supports Emergency SOS via Satellite prior to 7:00 pm AEDT on 15 November 2023.

Djuro Sen explains how Emergency SOS via Satellite works

Since its launch a year ago in North America and earlier this year in Australia and New Zealand, Emergency SOS via satellite has helped save people in remote areas.

“Emergency SOS via satellite has helped save lives around the world. From aman who was rescued after his car plummeted over a 400-foot [122-metre] cliff in Los Angeles, to lost hikers found in the Apennine Mountains in Italy, we continue to hear stories of our customers being able to connect with emergency responders when they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to,” said Kaiann Drance, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPhone Product Marketing.

“We are so happy iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 users can take advantage of this groundbreaking service for two years for free.”

Emergency SOS via Satellite is available on iPhone 14 and 15 models in in 16 countries and regions.

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