For the first time in history, there are more people around the world living in cities than there are living in rural areas. While this global migration to urban areas is improving the living standards, health, and financial prosperity of these citizens; it also brings challenges to a city’s infrastructure, resources, security procedures, and emergency response systems. Meeting these challenges will be critical to the success of cities in the decades that follow.
The safe city concept has been developed precisely to help government stakeholders, city mayors, and police departments mitigate these challenges. Leveraging the internet of things (IoT) and the connectivity now found in core security and safety technologies, safe city solutions are providing a range of systems including predictive analytics and big data, real-time response procedures and emergency response systems. These solutions are enabling governments and police departments to better protect their citizens from everything from terrorist attacks to natural disasters. They are also supporting wider city organizations, such as public health, fire and rescue, border control and social services to better serve their citizens.
The Benefits of Safe Cities white paper measures how government investment on safe city technology and solutions impacts the safety result and the associated social and economic benefits. While various studies surrounding the ‘safest’ cities have been produced, this study is the first of its kind evaluating key safe city initiatives globally and quantifying the impact of these projects.
The aim of the study is to help government officials, and other key stakeholders, to understand the benefits and challenges of safe city projects, including:
• Providing guidance to city leaders on how to approach a safe city project, including best practice to deliver an effective solution.
• Quantifying the safety result, social benefit and economic benefit created by safe city investment and how this impacts cities at different stages of the investment cycle.
• Discussing the important safe city technologies and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) required in successful safe city projects.