Governments all over the world are committed to making their cities safer for their citizens. Analysts believe that one of the lesser known benefits of creating smart cities is that it will impact the safety of the city. The concept of smart cities has been around for some time due to the evolution of technology. However, it is currently gaining momentum.
How Can Smart Cities Improve Safety?
Smart cities rely on large amounts of data. They are helped by sensor-based technology which is then fed into intelligent networks. When developed properly, these networks can be integrated with one another. This leads to sharing data and forming a “super-network” which pulls in every aspect of a smart city. It can then provide information on energy management, smart grids, public transport, traffic management, healthcare, tourism services, intelligent buildings, and sanitation.
This in itself already provides the collection on a great amount of a city’s information. Moreover, a smart city can also provide great amounts of data to improve the city’s safety. This can be achieved in different ways. It includes surveillance, using camera and sensor technology, improved lighting and enhanced communication capabilities.
The data collected with the use of these technologies can help the authorities improve the city’s overall safety levels. The use of technology can contribute to improving the security infrastructure. Moreover, the city’s authorities can also opt to make use of technologies such as CCTV, video analytics, augmented reality, drones and response systems. This will assist law enforcement authorities in their work in the improvement of the city’s safety.
Improving the safety of a city requires undertaking many actions by the authorities that are in charge. However, by becoming or being a smart city they have plenty of resources at their disposal to improve the city’s safety. The available technologies of a smart city will help the law enforcement authorities involved improve their work and be more efficient.