Making cities smarter


According to several predictions, urban areas will see a population increase of 2.5 billion people by 2050. When combined with the rise of smart and connected cities, this growth in urban population is posing a new set of complex security and safety challenges to city administrators, urban planners, municipal governments and businesses alike. How can they put systems and processes in place that keep the population safe – while not restricting growth, commerce or the flow of daily life? How do expansive metropoles like Tokyo, the largest city in the world, maintain safety while allowing their population to flourish?

The Role of Technology

When it comes to enhancing public safety, and maintaining security, having a complete view of your environment is critical. A unified solution that provides a common operating picture enhances situational awareness and allows better planning, detection, response and prevention of incidents. These types of systems combine public safety data and technology tools to bolster situation awareness.

Unified data and sensor visualization platforms offer cities the tools they can use to improve overall public safety. And if they choose a provider that offers the latest in technology, this solution will make the city both safe and smart. A unified system consolidates data from a variety of public and private sources to enhance the overview for dispatchers and emergency responders so they can make insight-driven decisions. By reviewing data, institutions can make predictive changes to the allocation and deployment of resources to improve and create best practices, plan for the worst, determine any weak spots and shore up defenses.

Cities need a solution that can allow public organizations to work closely with law enforcement to develop an emergency response plan where video surveillance streams and other data from IoT sensors can be correlated, analyzed and shared quickly with relevant parties. Specifically, these unified systems can deliver the capability to improve traffic and mobility operations. For example, when you combine traffic systems with video surveillance, it can help law enforcement better coordinate incident response. This scenario would allow responders to better spot incidents, communicate detours and respond faster – resulting in smoother traffic flow and happier citizens., 9 April 2020