Accelerating urbanization presents huge challenges for cities in terms of infrastructure, resources, and safety. In addition to natural disasters, accidents, public health challenges, and crime, cities face unprecedented public safety threats. In this context, public safety organizations are exploring ways to improve their threat resolution capabilities via innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Insufficient risk perception and early warning capabilities
The increasing complexities of public safety incidents hinder incident prevention and early warning. To improve early warning capabilities, public safety organizations are capitalizing on intelligent analysis technologies to analyze collected video and sensing data.
Unobservable on-site conditions and difficult instruction transmission
During emergency response, it is critical that decision makers stay informed of on-site conditions and convey instructions to first responders quickly and accurately. The longer it takes to convey information, the more distorted the information becomes; therefore, the right information must be conveyed to the right people in the shortest time possible, so that commanders can make the right decisions.
Information silos: Inefficient collaboration across agencies
Safety incidents require close collaboration across agencies, which may be compromised by organizational barriers and technical differences. For example, police, fire, and medical departments may use different communications tools and service software, resulting in information silos and inefficient emergency response.
Lack of Big Data analytics: Insufficient investigation capabilities
Crimes are becoming increasingly intelligent in nature. Public safety organizations must fully exploit the value of massive amounts of data. Using Big Data analytics, intelligence-driven police can launch precise strikes against criminal activities.
Difficult video sharing and search
As video surveillance technologies become more high-definition, digital, networked, and intelligent, video surveillance storage is increasing exponentially. Storage devices are becoming a decisive factor in the future of video surveillance systems. Conventional local storage lacks sufficient capacity expansion, device management, and data sharing.
New ICT technologies will make a significant impact on future Safe City construction, helping city managers make more accurate and efficient decisions, optimize public safety infrastructures, and maximize Return On Investment (ROI). New ICT technologies will provide more comprehensive solutions to improve situational awareness in diverse scenarios.
The Big Data platform neatly combines multi-source data to enable centralized sharing and high-speed analysis, providing public safety organizations with efficient data processing and business innovation.
Application and storage platforms use cloud computing to converge physically scattered video silos of different formats into a globally shared video cloud stored by region. The video cloud implements unified video resource construction, cross-regional sharing, flexible deployment, and efficient queries.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
The IoT empowers cities with perception capabilities. IoT gateways enable bi-directional, high-speed interconnection among a variety of sensors, smart terminals, and surveillance centers, offering channels for surveillance devices to access the Internet.
A flexible combination of access modes, such as LTE, xPON, LAN, Wi-Fi, and Microwave, enables all-scenario network access and ubiquitous video surveillance.
The Video Content Management (VCM) platform uses intelligent analysis algorithms and applications to accelerate information mining and analysis. The platform greatly improves case-solving efficiency via a variety of intelligent service applications, including behavior analysis, video synopsis, video search, vehicle surveillance deployment, and track analysis.