Why CDC Wants to Tap Into Wearables
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control envision a time when a network of sensors can tell first responders what kind of disaster to expect before they reach the scene. Wearable technology, sensors and the Internet of Things are all part of the agency’s futuristic plan for emergency response.
Earlier this year, CDC started collecting public comment on ways sensors could be used to monitor workplace conditions. Nextgov spoke with Gayle DeBord, director of the Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technology at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health within CDC.
This conversation, about the agency’s interest in the Internet of Things, has been edited for length and clarity.