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Millions of U.S. workers, including those in the military and public safety, are exposed to heat in their workplaces, but also during training. Although illness from exposure to heat is preventable, every year, thousands become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some cases are fatal. Most outdoor fatalities, 50% to 70%, occur in the first few days of working in warm or hot environments because...

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If you have been following Blueforce for any amount of time, you know the value we place on open standards. Even more so, standards that are portable between a wide array of compute environments, but also those that are light on the network. We have become quite enamored with REST/JSON given the speed in which it allows stateless inter-connectivity between Blueforce APIs and disparate systems....

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Balancing privacy and public health, while providing real time informatics to detect “viral blooms” in Smart Cities The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in an era of unprecedented uncertainty. For businesses, the virus has introduced unparalleled issues with business continuity, supply chain disruptions, and employee health. If there is one thing history has shown us, it's that pandemics are known to occur in waves. Infections spike, peak,...

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Whether you are involved in executive protection, campus safety, or manage teams of mobile "lone workers", a fundamental requirement exists to keep track of people and to ensure their safety as they go about their day. BlueforceBEACON is a highly secure software based emergency notification system that provides a safety net. The product delivers location services, secure text communications, covert emergency camera triggering, “listen live”...

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To help first responders handle the worldwide spread of COVID-19, Blueforce Development and Zebra have partnered closely to offer a situational awareness platform that can be rapidly deployed by law enforcement agencies. Blueforce provides an easy-to-use subscriber interface to securely connect with people, sensors, and AI services in seconds, using Zebra rugged mobile devices to capture data and remain connected in critical environments. Utilizing the...

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The Pandemic Response Hackathon to hack COVID-19 started this past Friday at 1600P EDT and continues through the weekend. The Pandemic Response Hackathon is a virtual hackathon aimed at better understanding and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and future pandemics. The goal of the hackathon is to bring public health professionals alongside the technology community’s talent to contribute to the world’s response to the pandemic....

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It has been called many names: distributed cloud, fog computing, and 4th generation data center, but with the impending mass deployment of 5G a variant of distributed cloud is more commonly referred to as "multi-access edge computing" or "MEC". The idea behind MEC is to deliver compute, bandwidth, and micro services much closer to the end user and IoT devices for faster and more informed...

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Squishy Robotics and Blueforce Development Corporation are working to integrate our technologies to provide an improved user interface (UI) experience for our customers by enabling the data obtained from Squishy Robots to be displayed and shared on the Blueforce software platform. Blueforce, which is based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, provides advanced sensor fusion/data sharing capabilities for enhanced tactical decision support and situational awareness. At present, the Squishy...

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Smartphones and tablets are increasingly becoming a core computing platform for public safety. Moore's Law is alive and well specific to mobile compute with smartphones that are now faster than the mid-1980's Cray-2 Supercomputer. With the promise of FirstNet upon us, as well as hybrid cloud cognitive services that extend to the palm of your hand, the intelligent edge is here and the impact to...

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Not a week goes by without someone asking us if we are the "Blue Force Tracker" people. We are not. We named the company as Blueforce Development Corporation because all of the folks on our team share a common purpose in building rapidly adaptable technology for all blue force (the good guys) in all national security and public safety sectors. Yet, we do understand the...

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