According to the United Nations, the world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050 — growth that may spawn widespread challenges to the safety and security of cities across the globe. To help address these issues, governments and law enforcement agencies are rapidly rolling out Safe Cities programs, which are designed to enable cities to be safer, smarter and more proactive with security and safety efforts. These programs incorporate robust security processes and operating procedures as well as comprehensive technologies, including video surveillance, access control, video analytics, public safety communications, traffic management, social media tracking, gunshot detection, license plate recognition, and more. The data from these multiple platforms is useful in helping build a more intelligent approach to security and streamline communications between city officials, first responders and even, local citizens.
One of the most critical components of any Safe City program is video surveillance. Today’s video systems and sensors can span large geographic areas, reducing the need for manual patrols of a high-risk area. Command center operators can send pictures of a suspect from surveillance video feeds directly to a patrol officer’s mobile device, who can then easily access the footage on their smart devices. This process helps officers be more informed before responding to an incident and helps agencies gather the most up-to-date information 24/7. Video analytics are also valuable in analyzing trends related to risk (i.e. increased activity in a particular area of town) as well as manage traffic flow patterns and monitoring for crowds.
Even with the most robust technology deployment in place, Safe City programs cannot be successful without close cooperation and collaboration between city leaders, law enforcement and even, private businesses. The ability for public and private entities to gather and share information helps cities orchestrate an effective response.
Stakeholders can take data from a number of sources, allowing officials to coordinate security efforts and patrols appropriately and cost-effectively. When first responders and law enforcement agencies, public safety officials and private entities take an integrated approach, urban areas can address incidents and emergencies immediately without missing key elements of an investigation.
Through the integration of new technology solutions and information sharing, cities can achieve advanced levels of situational awareness and can realize the overall benefits of security intelligence, resulting in lowered crime rates, reduced operational challenges, and systemized and timely responses to potentially harmful and threatening situations. Learn more about Safe City solutions from Pelco.