Cities Around the Globe Develop Safe City Concept, Technologies
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 | Comments

The concept of “safe cities” was an underlying theme at the Critical Communications World (CCW) event in Paris in May. The safe cities concept combines terms such as digital, intelligent, smart and sustainable into initiatives that deploy technologies to enhance security and information flow, according to Jolly Wong, chief police telecommunications engineer at the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF).

In a presentation, Wong said urban growth and terrorist threats are the main drivers for safe city technology advancement. “There is no instant solution; safe cities are built by small and scalable initiatives,” Wong said.

Although Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world, the city faces some of the same challenges as other large global urban areas: an economic crisis that leads to budget cuts, along with legacy systems and governmental changes. Combine that with natural disasters and security threats and city leaders are looking for ways technology can help meet citizen expectations for safety.

Hong Kong has frequent public demonstrations and events that require police monitoring. In 2012, police managed a total of 7,529 public order events. Video technology has been used to support crowd management.

Likewise, the HKPF has several technologies in place for police operations, including a digital trunked radio system, IP telephony, wireless video surveillance, thermal imaging, mobile data, GPS and automatic fingerprint identification. Beyond these technologies, additional tools, including Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, connected police officers, crime mapping and three-dimensional geographic information systems (GIS); data mining and analytics; video analytics; and physical security information management (PSIM) are involved in a safe city.

“But people are the key to safe cities,” Wong said. “Safe cities imply smart citizens.

In addition, as the public becomes more connected with smartphones and broadband access, more information comes into law enforcement from the public, and the public’s expectations for governmental services and safety increase.

“The use of 4G LTE broadband will ensure public-safety agencies have access to real-time information, along with required levels of network control, reliability, security and optimum performance at the core of their mission-critical public-safety network,” said Balbir Singh, vice president Asia for Motorola Solutions. “The combined power of the best of citizen-generated multimedia inputs with public-safety voice and video inputs will deliver single unified intelligence to create safer cities.”

In Singapore, four consortia led by Accenture, AGT International, Cassidian and NEC Asia Pacific were selected to participate in the Safe City Test Bed spearheaded by the Safety and Security Industry Program Office (SSIPO).  

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On 2/6/16, CARLTON DENNIE said:
Mr. Wong think no more. I agree with your concept and have developed a concept called virtual police officer (ViPO). Once implemented ViPO increases the detection rate and creates a huge deterrence to prevent crime. I am willing to share this concept with you. We have developed a software that provide the means to allow the public to meaningfully participate in the fight against crime. I look forward to your response.

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