Our Condolences to the victims of the Kerala temple tragedy. Can IoT help improve safety in times of Disasters?

Yesterday (10th April 2016), a terrible fireworks tragedy struck the Puttingal temple in Kerala killing 107 people and grievously injuring 400 more. We at Smartron extend our deepest condolences to the families of the departed and those affected.

As the December 2015 Floods in Chennai showed us, technology can help and manage risks in times of disasters. The power of social networks, cloud and connected infra came to the fore when traditional modes of communication were crippled under the weight of the disaster. Hundreds of relief workers co-ordinated and disbursed thousands of tonnes of relief material using the power of the internet.

This does not even come near the tip of the iceberg when it comes to measuring the possibilities of IoT cloud based services and technology in times of disasters. The Nepal earthquake of April 2015 is still fresh in the minds of many. The use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were strategically deployed to scan for survivors in even the remotest parts of the country. This would have been almost impossible a few decades ago in situations of this magnitude.

Technology and IoT can be deployed on a larger scale to manage possible disaster situations. We would like to hear some of your personal experiences and how you think IoT can be a game changer in ensuring safety for billions around the world. Leave your thoughts in a comment below.

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IoT and smart technologies can certainly help with better monitoring and proper communication with emergency response services for better response and efficiency.