Various vendors and Winnebago County officials gathered at the Chicago Rockford International Airport Tuesday for an emergency signaling demonstration.
The event featured two vendors offering blue light emergency phone pods that can be used to communicate with authorities in case of an emergency. The lights themselves can also act as a crime deterrent.
"The physical presence of these machines or devices could actually deter crime," Winnebago County IT Integration Manager Todd Hughes said. "And not only that, if crime were to happen, in that physical location, it could actually record the crime and be helpful for law enforcement."
According to Hughes, the county is looking at the pods as a possible option, but who would pay for them or where they would be located has not yet been discussed.