Münster, NW uses the Luca mobile app to quickly track COVID-19 infection chains
The City of Münster is partnering with the providers of the Luca app to enable a digital solution for COVID-19 contact tracing that can quickly track infection chains. The free Luca mobile app will allow shops, restaurants, cultural events, and private meetings to conduct digital check-ins and check-outs. In the event of a coronavirus infection, the Luca app will guarantee a secure and encrypted reporting chain to the health authorities.
Alphen aan den Rijn, ZH is using the HulpApp to help anonymous victims of domestic violence
The Municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn is using the HulpApp to help victims of domestic violence and child abuse quickly and anonymously find help. The mobile app provides residents with resources including references to assistance organizations, a direct link to 112 for emergencies, and contact information for community police officers.
Alphen aan den Rijn, ZH
Alphen aan den Rijn, ZH partnered with Meld Misdaad Anoniem for anonymous crime reporting
The Municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn partnered with Meld Misdaad Anoniem (MMA) to increase public safety with anonymous reporting. Residents can use the MMA online platform to anonymously report information on crime, corruption, and fraud. The partnership allows the municipality to receive the same direct signals about crime and fraud provided to the police and judiciary.
Alphen aan den Rijn, ZH
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, GB body camera trial for parking enforcement officers
Kingston Council launched a four-week trial in which parking enforcement officers are equipped with body worn video cameras. The body cameras are designed to assist with crime prevention, record incidents of abuse suffered by officers, and provide evidence of each officer's conduct. The data is encrypted on the devices, transferred to a dedicated secure storage facility, and is deleted after 90 days unless it is required for an investigation.
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, GB
Frankfort, MI informs beachgoers of sudden weather changes with SwimSmart beacon pilot
SwimSmart beacons on Frankfort Beach gather real-time data from weather services and mobile networks. The beacon uses traffic signal colors to indicate safe conditions, cautions, and warnings about approaching storms. City officials plan social media campaigns and videos for local accommodations that educate visitors about the pilot. Frankfort worked with local American Indian groups to fund the pilot during the 2021 summer season.
Brasilia, DF purchased six unmanned drones to reinforce Fire Department operations
The City of Brasilia purchased six new drones for $622,000 (BRL) to reinforce Fire Department operations. The drones are equipped with thermal cameras, searchlights, magnifying zoom lenses, and speakers for diverse situations. The Fire Department of the Federal District is using the unmanned drones to fight forest fires, rescue victims, and train soldiers. The drones also help combat dengue fever by identifying locations of possible outbreaks such as abandoned pools.
Sacramento County, CA mental health crisis team will respond to certain 911 instead of police
The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is implementing a plan to have a mental health crisis team respond to certain 911 calls instead of police officers. The mental health crisis team will be funded partially by a reduction in police budgets but up to 80% of the cost will be covered by state mental health funds. The procedure will start by using the existing 911 dispatch system but will switch to a separate mental health call center when federal funding becomes available.
Sacramento County, CA
New York, NY became the first city in the nation to end qualified immunity for police officers
The New York City Council passed police reform legislation which ends qualified immunity for officers of the New York Police Department. The city is the first in the nation to remove qualified immunity which protected officers against civil lawsuits alleging they violated a person's rights. The new police reform legislation protects residents against unreasonable search and excessive force by banning the use of qualified immunity as a defense.
New York, NY
Nürnberg, BY is going to use the Luca mobile app for COVID-19 contact tracing
The City of Nürnberg is partnering with the providers of the Luca app to enable a digital solution for contact tracing when the COVID-19 restrictions are removed. The free Luca mobile app will allow shops, restaurants, cultural events, and private meetings to conduct digital check-ins and check-outs. In the event of a coronavirus infection, the Luca app will guarantee a secure and encrypted reporting chain to the health department.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ launched a program against sexual harassment in public transportation
The City of Rio de Janeiro partnered with the General Police Department for the Assistance to Women and the Special Secretariat for Policies and Promotion of Women to launch a program against sexual harassment in public transportation. Passengers will now receive specific notifications relating to sexual harassment in public transport through the Citizen Service Center, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Modena, EMI is improving its citywide video surveillance system with infrared and night vision
The Municipality of Modena is improving its citywide video surveillance system with new installations and equipment. The municipality installed a new infrared camera just outside the city center and replaced several obsolete cameras with higher-performance, high-definition devices. The infrared camera is positioned on a pivoting device with a 360-degree view and night vision capabilities. The cameras are monitored remotely from the operations room of local law enforcement agencies.
Dresden, SL provided residents with free access to the Pass4all app for COVID-19 contact tracing
The City of Dresden provided every local company and public institution with three months of free access to the Pass4all mobile app. The city is using the Pass4all app to reduce the spread of the coronavirus by promoting digital contact tracing and test result recording. Residents can download the Pass4all app for free in order to check-in at local facilities by scanning a QR code. The Pass4all app also records COVID-19 tests results and documents their authenticity to users.