The Top Ways AI and Biometrics are Changing Public Safety Issues

For emergency personnel, situational awareness is a necessity. Firefighters for example need to be consistently aware of objects and people in smoke, predictability of flow path and flashovers. They also need to be well aware of their own physiological state in a fire with biometric monitoring. “Collection of data would include capturing heart rate, respiration rate, body temperature and an electrocardiogram (ECG) from body-worn sensors. The processing would use algorithms to determine and alert if these rates are determined to be at a dangerous level, either singularly or in combination,” reports

In addition, artificial intelligence assists firefighters collect and analyze on-scene data such as temperature, gases, and other potential hazardous environmental factors that may not be easily recognizable. According to Fire Rescue 1, “sensor data is used to make intelligent recommendations specific to roles within the firefighting team and offer suggestions on how to efficiently use resources during such a dangerous and stressful incident. This has enormous potential to help save firefighters’ lives and reduce the amount of time they are in a high-risk and precarious environment.” With such technology under high demand, some of the top companies to keep an eye on include Patriot One Technologies Inc. (TSX:PAT)(OTCQX:PTOTF), Aware Inc. (NASDAQ:AWRE), CACI International Inc. (NYSE:CACI), Diebold Inc. (NYSE:DBD), and Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNA).

Patriot One Technologies Inc. (TSX:PAT)(OTCQX:PTOTF) BREAKING NEWS: Patriot One Technologies Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary Xtract Technologies announced it secured a $157,000 contract with Canada’s Department of National Defence through the Public Works and Government Services Canada Division, as part of the Innovative Solutions Canada Program (ISC). The contract is for a project looking to provide better situational awareness for Canadian firefighters.

The outcome will be a solution that will provide innovative devices, applications, personal protective equipment and technology to help firefighters work in a more Head Up Hands Free (HU/HF) mode of operation on the fire ground. Using Xtract AI’s expertise in artificial intelligence for video and data analysis the project will aim to integrate multiple sensors and biometric data feeds to assess the health, status and safety of firefighters in the field; detect objects and people in smoke, and predict flow path and flashover using thermal and video imaging feeds in real time; feed appropriate and necessary data back to incident commanders and firefighters in the field through a combination of dashboards, heads up displays, and haptic and audio feedback to increase efficiencies and remove distractions; Work will proceed in multiple phases, including the design and development of advanced machine learning models, proprietary data sets and integration with advanced visualization solutions.

“We’re tremendously excited to be working on this project and thank the Innovative Solutions Canada Program (ISC) for selecting us,” expresses Martin Cronin, CEO of Patriot One. “Xtract AI’s knowledge of artificial intelligence, and data and video analysis are an ideal match for this challenge, and we relish the opportunity to put these into a solution that will assist Canadian firefighters in being better informed, more efficient and, ultimately, safer.”

The Xtract AI team is already underway with the project’s design and development phase, and will make announcements, as required, on the progress of its efforts in achieving the goals of Canadian Department of National Defense.

Other developments from around the markets include:

Aware Inc. (NASDAQ:AWRE) a leading global provider of biometrics software and solutions, announced that on April 30, 2020, its Board of Directors approved a program authorizing the Company to purchase up to $10 million of its common stock. The shares may be purchased from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions at management's discretion, depending upon market conditions and other factors. The authorization to repurchase Company stock expires on December 31, 2021. As of April 30, 2020, the Company had 21,521,886 shares of common stock outstanding. Repurchases will be made under the program using the Company's own cash resources and will be in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and other applicable laws, rules and regulations.

CACI International Inc. (NYSE:CACI) announced it has been awarded a five-year single-award task order, with a ceiling value of more than $465 million, by the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s (CCDC) Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) center to provide research and development on cryptographic modernization, information security, and tactical network protection. Under the task order, which the Army’s Cyber Security and Information Division (CSIA) awarded under the GSA Alliant II contract vehicle, CACI will provide mission expertise to enhance cyber defense capabilities for C5ISR systems. CSIA leads the Army in cryptographic modernization, information security, and tactical network protection as a division of the Army Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate, C5ISR Center, CCDC, U.S. Army Futures Command (AFC). CACI will provide the Army with new software-defined capabilities across the service’s many modernization initiatives and research areas. For example, CACI communications and cyber experts will assist the service in protecting next-generation 5G networks, as well as enhancing the security of wireless, near-field, satellite, and other communications. CACI will also support urgent requirements for AFC’s cross-functional teams, provide techniques and technologies to reduce risks for Army networks, and move innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence from the laboratory to the field.

Diebold Inc. (NYSE:DBD) added a new director to its board while re-electing its full slate of directors and passing all other proposals at the company's annual meeting, which was conducted virtually for the first time in the company's history.  Lauren C. States, a veteran global information technology leader, was elected to the company's board of directors. She will serve on the board's audit and technology committees. Through 2014, States served as vice president, Strategy and Transformation for IBM's Software Group and was a member of the company's Growth and Transformation senior leadership team. From 2008-2013, she was a leader in IBM's transformation to cloud computing and served as chief technology officer in the corporate strategy function. Over her career, she has served in a broad variety of roles including technology, strategy, transformation, sales and talent development. States currently is a director of Clean Harbors, Inc., and also serves as a director of Webster Financial Corporation. She has served both organizations as a director since 2016.

Synaptics Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNA) the leading developer of human interface solutions announced the appointment of Susan Hardman to its Board of Directors, effective May 22, 2020. Ms. Hardman will join the Board’s Compensation Committee. Ms. Hardman enjoyed a distinguished career in senior management roles in the semiconductor industry. She held several executive positions at Intersil Corporation, including senior vice president of the Automotive and Specialty Products Group, senior vice president of the Analog and Mixed Signal Product Group, and vice president of Corporate Marketing. Ms. Hardman joined Intersil from Exar where she was vice president and general manager of the Interface Products Division, as well as vice president of Corporate Marketing. She also held roles in marketing, product design, applications, and product test with VLSI Technology and Motorola, and was an advisory board member for Santa Clara University’s School of Electrical Engineering. “Ms. Hardman’s senior management positions with other semiconductor companies, her extensive knowledge of the semiconductor industry, her engineering background, and her knowledge of the consumer and automotive technology sectors give her the strong skillset, perspectives, and experiences that make her a welcome addition to our Board of Directors,” said Nelson Chan, Synaptics’ Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

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