The DHS's IoT sensor initiative is another instance of the federal gov't intruding on state and local responsibilities. What is the real requirement for these sensors? Where is the analysis that shows that 100's of lives would be saved by their implementation? I just don't see the pay off, considering the associated costs of development, acquisition, LCM, cyber protection, and more gov't personnel hirings. A scenario is quite feasible where a hacker could use these devices to lure "second responders" into a trap. (Yes, we've just experienced IoT hacking.) Lastly, the term "first responders" is again used incorrectly; those who are immediately affected are the first responders, whether the need is to put out a fire, provide first aid, or defend one's property against criminals / terrorists. Call 911 and "go to work" until the second responders arrive. My conclusion: Just because it would be a cool thing to do doesn't mean there's an urgent need to do it.
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