In the past decade, technology has dramatically transformed each and every one of our lives. There have been concerns about its role in modern society, with worries about endangering privacy and undermining democracy.
However, one thing that we perhaps forget about is how technology often plays a vital role in protecting us and keeping us safe in dangerous situations. If you want to know more about how technology does this, here are four examples of new technologies that are working hard to save human lives.
Cars That Automatically Contact Emergency Services
Throughout Europe, it has become standard requirement for all new cars to have ‘eCall’ technology, a function that automatically calls the emergency services should it detect a collision, and transmitting the location and make of the car to them.
This technology is particularly valuable for drivers travelling on their own and also those in rural areas where someone could easily veer off the road without being seen or found immediately.
RF power, also known as‘radio frequency power’ amplifier, converts a low-power radio-frequency signal into a higher power signal. RF generators can be vital in an environment where electrical equipment and systems need to function properly, such as in a medical environment.
With RF technology, AC-DC power supplies can be easily channelled in environments that are constrained for space, in applications where performance is a key requirement, and within modules specifically designed with patient safety in mind.
Drones for Search and Rescue
It has been reported that the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have been testing a variety of drones to be used in assisting with casualties at sea. They have created a number of search and rescue scenarios to imagine the advantages for using drones in emergency situations such as:
- an open water offshore search
- a shoreline search along cliffs
- a mud rescue
- a communications ‘black box’, where a casualty can’t be contacted, and
- tidal inundation
Digital Medical IDs
Available as standard feature on Apple devices and via an app on Android phones, you can create a medical profile on your mobile that is easily accessible from the lock screen in case of an emergency.
This clever feature asks you to add health information like your date of birth, blood type, allergies and an emergency contact number. This means that medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have without unlocking it, as well as easily being able to find a contact for your next of kin.
If you were ever in doubt about the role of technology in modern society, these four technologies should be evidence that technological advances continue to be a positive thing. They actively work to keep people safe and can potentially even save lives, making the prospect of future developments even more exciting.