Technological Disruptions: Smart Solutions for Smart Cities

Implementation is the key to good governance. To get optimum results from technology, its optimum implementation is of course must.

The concept of a Smart City is a combination of maximum awareness, efficient operation, and above all, the satisfaction of citizens. Security is indeed the foremost eligibility criterion of a smart city, and without it, rest of the other amenities and provisions are neither useful nor viable. Be it a residential complex, market, school, hospital, district centre, or public transport, the sustenance of any urban setup is impossible without robust security measures. But, with the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the concept of smart cities is viable as well as feasible. AI has empowered the security to automatically learn and detect crimes, such as armed robbery, drug trafficking, bodily injury, graffiti, vandalism, parking in a prohibited place, theft of vehicles and many others.

Core of Security in Smart Cities

The violence level is increasing all around the world, and new technology based on Artificial Intelligence is the only power to subdue and defeat violence, crime, and other illegal activities. The security of a city should be relevant and effective with enough potential and the capacity to reduce or even to end the crimes on public roads and in the cities. In this context, technology is a great ally of the security server. It helps to take the delinquent out of the shadows and assists in crime prevention. Yes, it is already proven that both, public lighting and monitoring cameras are indispensable allies in the fight against crime and the poles is an ideal platform available in thousands spread in all streets. Henceforth, a technology that unites virtual reality cameras, artificial intelligence and lighting in the same equipment should be the core of security and citizen engagement in every smart city.

A Pragmatic Approach

Implementation is the key to good governance. To get optimum results from technology, its optimum implementation is of course must. AI is useless without human sincerity because the technology just provides right direction, but whether the destination chosen is right or not depends on human intelligence and its sensibility. There is an urgent need to replace road lights and monitoring cameras with a modern device that facilitates not only the police work to identify and arrest the criminals, but, also prevents the crime effectively and help the city become really smart with big data generated by multiple sensors. But, the cost is the biggest challenge nowadays for public safety and smart cities. Moreover, it’s not just the price of equipment that it cuts the budget; the system needs a lean command and control center, with less maintenance and less humans in operation. 

How it Works?

Accompanied by the intelligent digital sensors as bionic ears (to hear only the specific words as HELP or POLICE to trigger the alert to the nearest police officer), nose (air quality measurement) and digital eyes to capture the presence of people and increase or reduce the brightness according to need. If there is no one on the street, the light is reduced; saving both the electricity and the lifetime of each lamp. The independent network enables the control center to perform both live and real-time remote access, or to retrieve images previously stored in the luminaries’ internal memory. Access can be made 24 hours a day, connecting during a specific event or viewing the recordings after the event. The sensors are almost imperceptible as so small, making it impossible for the citizen to identify where they were installed. They are capable of recording and transmitting voice and, through special lenses, allow recording 360-degree virtual reality images.

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