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Addressing Domestic Violence and Law Enforcement Safety with Wearable Technology Solutions


Liz Kohler  (Founder, CEO, Nexion Solutions)


AnneMarie Domurat  (Captain, Communications and Technology, Milwaukee Police Department)

Jeff Pedro  (IoT Business Development | FirstNet Embedded, AT&T)

Keith Redlin  (Director of Public Sector & Justice, Samsung Electronics America)

Location: W240C

Date: Tuesday, March 26

Time: 9:10 am - 10:10 am

Track: 911 & Alerts, Incident Management

Topic: AI, Critical Infrastructure, FirstNet, Interoperability, IoT, NextGen 911, Situational Awareness, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Domestic violence represents an expensive cost to society, carrying a price tag of close to $12 billion annually in the United States alone. Domestic violence situations also represent dangerous situations for law enforcement and challenging ones for the judiciary because victims are frequently forced to recant testimony.

But there is now a technology solution designed to 1) decrease injury and death among domestic violence survivors, 2) increase police safety in responding to crisis events and 3) enhance evidentiary support available to the judiciary in prosecuting those cases. Learn about an emergency response solution designed to protect the more than 10 million U.S.-based domestic violence survivors, with the goal of advancing a more comprehensive response to address the multi-faceted issue of cyclical violence.

Using a smartwatch as its device platform, this solution has a customized UI that allows wearers to access emergency help from specialized operators, who triage crisis events, and then dispatch police as needed. Operators receive detailed information on the specific case for each victim or witness, which allows for a safer, better-informed police response. In addition, an automatic recording of the event provides additional evidence, which can be used in charging and the courtroom. With its support for law enforcement safety, this solution was approved to operate on the FirstNet platform.

Initial research shows this to to 1) strengthen local communities, 2) build resilience among end-users, and 3) provide a solution that enhances judicial cohesion.

Attendee takeaway:
• How we can use technology to address the most complex problems in society;
• How rigorous research is necessary to test the true efficacy of technology solutions; and
• How technology can help underpin systems and agencies across criminal justice.