Digitally Transforming Public Safety

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  • Modernizing public safety offers a better, seamless way to protect, serve and save lives
  • Innovative use of technology can support police and governments when protecting residents from COVID-19
  • Public Safety starts at the Edge and in the Cloud, creating a more extensible and sustainable way to implement Smart City strategies

Improving Public Safety in the urban population

According to current forecasts, by 2050, 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, with an estimated 10mn living in at least 43 megacities, up from only 10 in 1990.

This explosive urban population growth is urging city leaders to embrace the concept of ‘Smarter, Safer Cities’ faster than ever. From health, transportation, housing, safety, security, education and environment to culture and tourism, today’s public safety and city leaders and decision makers are looking to digital transformation to offer people the security of safer and smarter communities.

In the context of COVID-19, public safety is the highest concern of governments throughout the region. Innovative uses of technology and surveillance are being rolled out to help protect the safety of residents, particularly in highly populated cities. In Ankara, Turkey, systems have been put in place to enable the elderly and vulnerable to receive their doctor approved medicines without the risk of a trip to the hospital. Meanwhile police in Sharjah, UAE, have been using drones for surveillance and to encourage residents to stay at home.

The Digital Framework for Public Safety

Endpoint Solutions for Public Safety

From surveillance technologies to drones and body cameras to telematics and edge compute devices, integrated digital technologies are being used to help improve public safety. Vital data is relayed to response teams at the edge via the cloud and/or through cellular transmission using FirstNet or LMR while Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are helping to keep first responders safe while readying them for real-world disasters and emergencies.

Endpoint solutions provide first responders and public safety officials with real-time situational awareness for better, faster on-site decision making and improved response time.

Infrastructure Solutions for Public Safety

The right mix of on-premises and cloud-based solutions help optimize workloads at scale and simplify the data landscape. Sophisticated analytics helps to incorporate insights into operations, facilitating real-time decision making on how emergency calls can be fulfilled. Other public safety operations at the core include workloads such as records management, real-time crime centers running in a private cloud, and fusion centers.

Powerful, smarter infrastructure at the core equips public safety organizations with the capabilities to capture, manage, and communicate critical information to the front lines without interruption.

Multi-Cloud Solutions for Public Safety

The cloud offers the flexibility to deliver data quickly to the public in times of crisis, along with the bandwidth needed to store massive data from various sources. With organizations likely utilizing a portfolio of varying cloud services, it becomes critical to operating with disjointed data pools and cloud sprawl. A single comprehensive, multi-cloud operating approach helps simplify and accelerate the ability to leverage multiple clouds.

Multi-cloud solutions ensure the consistency of operations with consistent infrastructure across private, public, and the edge.

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