The National Institute of Standards and Technology will test wearables marketed to first responders. It will be interesting to know how they can quantify something as reliable. Perhaps some subjective feedback, but it would be interesting to see how they quantify and compare.

According to Wikipedia, a measure is said to have a high reliability if it produces similar results under consistent conditions. “It is the characteristic of a set of test scores that relates to the amount of random error from the measurement process that might be embedded in the scores.”

Here is a summary of the article,

NIST plans to begin testing products at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in Rockville, Md. About 20 devices will be tested, including both phones and wearables (headsets, smart clothing, body cameras, and heads-up displays).


What do think? Do you think wearables are reliable enough for public safety?

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