Safe & Smart City innovations offer mayors across the world a promising new way of engaging citizens and increasing quality of life. Over half of the planet now lives in cities, and more than two-thirds of the world’s population will be urbanized by 2050. Cities are proactively working across borders to build coalition networks and resist nationalist policies. They contribute to four-fifths of global GDP, and are taking center stage in securing an inclusive, safe, productive, sustainable, and resilient future for humanity. Smart Cities have emerged as urban ecosystems that integrate digital technology, knowledge, and assets to become more responsive to users, improve city services, and make cities more loveable. Leading the development and re-invigoration of effective, high-performing cities is one of the grandest challenges of our time.
Smart Cities are taking center stage in securing an adaptable, inclusive, productive, sustainable, and resilient future for humanity. Leading the development and re-invigoration of high-performing and loveable cities is one of the grandest challenges of our time. Governments are eager to explore different ways to integrate digital technology, knowledge, and assets. It offers unprecedented access to the most effective instruments to help governments become more responsive to users, improve city services, and make cities more loveable.
We have identified observations which should be considered when planning a Safe & Smart City.
1. FUNDING SMART CITY INITIATIVES
Innovative smart & safe city funding mechanisms include competitions and hackathons, partnerships with private companies, smart procurement policies, and national- or state-level funds.
2. DEVELOPING A SAFE & SMART CITY STRATEGY
Defining the safe & smart solutions relevant to a city involves studying the actual interactions that citizens have with the city, leveraging the city’s natural strengths, and co-creating the smart city vision and road map to align all constituents .
3. SMART CLUSTERS & INNOVATION DISTRICTS
Cities around the world are increasingly experimenting with geographically-concentrated innovation ecosystems as innovation test beds and hubs for knowledge exchange.
4. DIGITAL INCLUSION IN SMART CITIES
A city only becomes truly “safe & smart” when all citizens are ready for it. Cities risk excluding entire segments of their population from the safe & smart city experience. Teaching people how to navigate the digital world is a critical aspect of a digital inclusion plan.
5. THE PROMISE OF OPEN DATA
Open data has emerged as a cost-efficient way to increase civic engagement, introduce city projects that attend to citizen needs, track the performance of safe & smart city initiatives, improve efficiency and responsiveness, and apply knowledge from the general public to city solutions.
6. CO-CREATING THE SAFE & SMART CITY
Involving outside businesses, startups, students, and the public at large can lead to larger variety, volume, and quality of insights, ideas, and feedback. In turn, citizens have shown great enthusiasm when they are given the opportunity to participate in designing and deciding their cities’ future.
7. SMART CITY LEADERSHIP MODELS
Governments need to design flexible pathways for leadership to naturally evolve, as safe & smart city initiatives increase in complexity or range, as the focus of initiatives broaden, or as the numbers of constituents grow in the city.
8. SHARING KNOWLEDGE ACROSS CITIES
City leaders can gain access to extensive knowledge networks and do not have to accomplish their safe & smart city mission in isolation.
Making a City or a Campus Safe is much more than placing cameras in the field and monitoring those cameras. Complete Operations comprise of many elements that are seamlessly integrated into a single cohesive and efficient Surveillance.
- Physical Security Information Management (PSIM)
- Open Source Intelligence (OSI)
- Intelligence Traffic Management System (ITMS)
- Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
- Cyber Security (CS)
- Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)
- Public Safety Communications (PSC)
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Our Smart Built Environment programme aims to create new opportunities through digitalized urban development. We focus on how digitalization can serve as a catalyst for change in the built environment.
This programme takes an all-encompassing approach to the opportunities afforded by digitalization and promotes the spread of new opportunities and business models. The programme coordinates, supplements and intensifies current initiatives. It aims to reduce the built environment sector’s environmental impact, shorten planning and construction times, reduce total construction costs and facilitate a new business logic in the sector.
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Enhance irrigation and water resource monitoring and management processes through a combination of telemetry, industry‑leading weather services and other intelligence-enabling technologies.
Our integrated process control and energy management approach enables up to 30% in energy savings and keeps plants running efficiently to ensure continued treatment and production of clean drinking water.