Can you imagine life without technology? Most of us can’t. With information in our pockets and smart cars that get us to where we need to go safely, technology has revolutionized the way things are done. The technology we see daily is just scratching the surface for what it can do. There are so many ways that technology improves safety at work, at home, and in public spaces that we cannot even see or fathom. The things that were once the imagination of science fiction authors have now become science reality and it’s making the world a better place. Here are seven critical ways technology improves safety. Which ones did you know about?
Once upon a time, new moms went back to work and spent the day worried about whether her child was safe or not. Video technology in the home and in daycare facilities means that these worried moms can check in and see their little ones with the click of a button. In that day, street crimes were often left to a he said, she said scenario. Now, video surveillance footage from city streets can back up the story of either the accuser or it can exonerate the accused. When combined with biometric technology, the accuracy of these videos has improved by leaps and bounds. Having a smart city including video surveillance is just one way that technology improves safety.
Public Infrastructure Technology
How can you tell if a pipe is at risk of breaking? How can you monitor if sewage is going to the right place? These dirty jobs were once left up to daring people, or chance. No one knew if a pipe was cracked or where it was leaking until it broke, or a huge section was dug up out of the ground. With an inspection robot, all that has changed. These small robots can perform inspections into places where people cannot go. The applications for Hazmat situations allows first responders to maintain a safe distance while these robots go in first.
Technology is also used to keep the timing of traffic lights to not only manage the flow of traffic, but to keep cars on the roads safe. You wouldn’t want all lights to be green in the middle of an intersection. This would be a dangerous scenario.
Technology has improved medicine and safety in incredible ways. Just think about the use of arthroscopic surgeries. Where once a huge incision was required, doctors can now use small incisions, cameras, and equipment to repair issues with less damage to tissues. This technique speeds up healing and reduces the risk of infection. Now add to that the use of robotic arms, electronic devices like insulin pumps, and even pacemakers, and you can see how technology has revolutionized the way people are cared for. Additionally, technology protects personal data, and software programs help keep hackers and other thieves away from your medical information.
Security systems are everywhere. Whether you walk into a bank, or into a friends’ home, more people than ever before are using security systems to keep them safe. By combining video, sensors, and even locking technology, you can see how people are better protected using technology. Those Ring doorbells have caught more criminals than you can count.
People who work in manufacturing are known for getting injured on the job. While it may seem like proper safety protocols should help, technology has made these environments even safer. Using forklifts instead of heavy lifting on your own, learning safety habits in virtual environments, and even creating ergonomic workspaces for each person. These are just some of the ways in which people are kept safe by technology.
It’s not about a FitBit. Wearable vests that keep you warm or cool, devices that measure air quality and your oxygen levels, and even sensors to measure other environmental hazards are all ways that technology helps keep you safe. Can you imagine standing in the heat all day? How would you stay cool? A cooling vest keeps workers safe. What about tracking the air quality in an enclosed space? You could instantly find out if you needed to leave or not. And with these devices being wearable, it means your hands are free to do your work.