With cities growing bigger and bigger, they are becoming more and more vulnerable to security threats with the result that civic authorities are under severe pressure and crime is harder than ever to handle by the police. In this context, making cities security-smart becomes a major priority. Let us look at how smart the latest security technologies are in making cities safe places and what the major security issues in urban society are.
The conventional surveillance technologies, including CCTV, are no more sufficient to guard out cities and keep crimes at bay. Police investigations are often hampered by blind spots in video networks and low-quality imagery. Public security is a growing problem for cities worldwide. Here comes the relevance of smart technologies in ensuring the best security for urban habitats. According to a recent BBC feature, Huawei’s LTE technology helps knit together a private internet of things to provide police and emergency services with new technologies to fight crime and make cities safer. Issues with data storage and retrieval mean incident data can be slow to reach command staff, and data loss can derail investigations altogether. However, new technology is starting to become available to help police combat crime more effectively, according to the feature.
Leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solution provider Huawei is a leader in the field of ‘smart city’ solutions, which make use of a web of inter-connected devices, software and cloud storage systems to enable public and private services to work together more efficiently. Huawei is utilising this same network of connected devices, or Internet of Things (IOT), to afford government’s new tools to improve public services such as crime-fighting, and to keep an eye on what is going on generally. This safe-city solution uses ‘enterprise’ LTE (eLTE) technology, a private version of the 4G (LTE ) networks available to consumers, to knit together this IOT with secure wireless broadband connectivity, in tandem with sundry fixed line, fibre and microwave technologies.
(Read the full article in the December Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)