Published On: Mon, Apr 16th, 2018

Hackers gather in plain sight of Indiana law enforcement

Hackers gather in plain sight of Indiana law enforcement.We’re only a few days away from AT&T’s #iOTCivic Hack in Fishers. Perfect time to do an advancer on the event that could result in new ways to keep Hoosiers safer by giving the state’s public safety community new tools to respond to emergencies faster, safer and to deliver services better once they’re on the scene.

I have folks from AT&T, Fishers Police Department and the leader of OurHealth’s hack team, which is fresh off a different hackathon win in October, ready to talk with you. More than 700 of the state’s most gifted tech geeks are signed up for the event.

“Central Indiana has some crazy smart tech experts. We can’t wait to see what they come up with,” said Fishers Police Sgt. Tom Weger. “We’re interested in anything that can help us do our jobs better, faster, more safely.”

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While no one knows yet what kinds of new apps may be developed or begun at the hackathon, Weger offered some possibilities, including ones that citizens could use:

  1. Ways for first responders to know more what awaits at a scene they’ve been called to before they get there;
  2. Ways to help keep first responders in top physical condition; or
  3. Wearable devices that to alert citizens to take preventative steps to keep crime at bay.

Weger says his department answers calls of theft from vehicles virtually every day despite efforts to remind citizens not to leave their cars unlocked or with valuables in plain sight. If wearable devices can alert people to exercise, maybe they could be used to alert citizens when their behavior enhances the chance criminals will swoop in, he speculated.

Last October, Brian Norris was a member of the OurHealth Hack Team that won the Indiana Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s first-ever Indiana Medicaid Data Challenge. The team found more than $150 million in potential savings to be had in the Medicaid program. He’s hoping to repeat that in Fishers.

“Behind every first responder or crime fighter there’s a tech geek creating the toys and gadgets that let them do their jobs,” Norris said. “This is a chance for folks like me to play that part. We’re really excited to put our skills to exceptionally good use; spend time with more than 600 of our fellow Hoosier innovators.”

Bill Soards, president of AT&T Indiana, can talk about why the company is sponsoring the hackathon and why public safety is the focus for its 3rd incarnation.

The event starts Friday, April 20 at 5 p.m. and runs through Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. See full details here.

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