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L.A. County Looks for Hiker Safety Tech

Los Angeles County is researching ways to use technology to keep hikers safe while enjoying its parks.

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Los Angeles County is researching ways to use technology to keep hikers safe while enjoying its parks.

Mohammed Al Rawi, CIO of the Department of Parks and Recreation, is looking for more technologies that will help keep hikers from getting lost.

Several test projects are in process.

Amazon, Microsoft and Cisco are testing IoT sensors that will create geofences to keep hikers out of danger areas. Another device being tested is an IoT GPS device to track hikers and alert emergency responders to their position if necessary.

CSU LA is also creating an app for locations with cell coverage. The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology will build out an offline map and SOS button that a hiker can use in case of emergency.

To learn more on projects like this, check out Techwire's Los Angeles County Briefing on Nov. 8.

Kayla Nick-Kearney was a staff writer for Techwire from March 2017 through January 2019.