In the grip of an emergency, the first move for many Americans is to call 911. The emergency response system has been around for decades, but like many institutions, it has struggled to keep up with technology. Call centers are easily overwhelmed in big emergencies, they often can't track the locations of people calling from cell phones, and they're vulnerable to hacking. An egregious example of this came in 2017, when a hacker used a malicious link on Twitter to hijack thousands of phones, forcing them to call 911 repeatedly, flooding call centers with false alarms. "I've been studying and working in disasters, diseases, and emergency management for over 10 years," says Ginny Katz, founder and CEO of HazAdapt. "At the end of my master's degree, I really began to dive into the tech because I thought we really need some better technology here, and it just seems like what's on the market today is not cutting it." This article is part of our continuing series, Women With Byte Women With Byte looks at the many contributions women have made to technology past and present, the hurdles they faced (and overcame), and the foundations for the future they've laid for… Read full this story
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