The Big REthink Podcast
REthinking the world around us
It’s time to rethink everything, to rewrite the rulebook, to expand the stories we’re telling and bring you the brightest minds the tech world has to offer. It’s time for a fresh take on how technology and creativity are changing the way work gets done. This is The Big REthink.
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The Future Force Series: Inside the tech transformation of the Michigan State Police
September 13, 2023
For Captain Matt Bolger, adopting technology is all about working smarter, not harder. In his role in IT with the Michigan State Police Department, he’s helped lead an overhaul of how officers do their work, including which technology solutions to use. In-car modems, real-time video uploads to a cloud, and body cameras all help law enforcement spend more time policing, and less time finding a good Wifi connection. On this episode of The Big REthink, Capt. Bolger joins host Susan Campbell to share how that shift has helped officers and citizens alike.
The Future Force Series: How an app is changing how communities and police connect
August 23, 2023
The night before John Verdi’s first day at the police academy, his dad—a former officer himself—had some advice: say hi to everyone. That counsel proved to be pivotal to Verdi’s career, including a profound experience on 9/11 and a split-second decision that spared a life. Verdi’s since retired from the NYPD, but his learnings inspired him to create an app that helps communities and police connect on a human level and, just maybe, save future lives. On this episode of The Big REthink, he joins host Susan Campbell to discuss how his app is bringing people closer together.
The Future Force Series: From de-escalation to faster response times, drones are changing how police departments work
August 9, 2023
When Captain Don Redmond retired from the Chula Vista Police Department in 2022, he had nearly 26 years of experience in everything from SWAT responses to jail command, and was ready to bid law enforcement goodbye. But after joining BRINC, a drone company that specializes in public safety, he became vice president of special projects there, and has been a promoter of using drones as first responders (DFRs) ever since. In this episode of The Big REthink, Redmond joins host Susan Campbell to share some of the ways in which drones are improving safety outcomes and supporting police departments, including de-escalation, accelerated response times, and reducing officers’ workload at a time when staffing is a challenge. Finally, he describes the tech-enabled future he envisions (drones are key, and so is a real-time response system) for safer communities.
Meet your hosts
Susan Campbell is marketing group manager at Panasonic Connect North America, where she leads a team that develops and manages innovative B2B digital marketing strategies. As an accomplished marketing professional – named a “Fearless50” marketer by Marketo in 2020 – Susan always puts the customer story first, and is passionate about how work is changing and how to tap into that change for growth.
Barry Ross is the group manager of product marketing and wireless strategy at Panasonic Connect North America. Barry is an expert in building and marketing wireless platforms, leading a team focused on promoting consumer and enterprise customer success. Barry is passionate about the ever-changing technology landscape, and how it’s transforming the way work gets done.
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