What is a Safe City?
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The Safe City is a concept for returning security, safety and quality of life to today’s complex cities and infrastructure developments through the use of technology, personnel and processes. It can successfully be applied to all physical situations where people require a safe and comfortable environment.
The Concept Explained
It can be described as:
- An initiative to integrate reliable security solutions across stakeholders to enhance response to security and safety incidents
- Embracing comprehensive security measures to counter incidents that a city might face
- A security concept involving entities working together to identify and act in real-time to security threats of any scale and time
Inflated populations in the inner cities result in crime, vandalism and a major target for terrorism. This directly impacts the community’s economic, political and personal well-being. Municipal surveillance demands a non-intrusive security solution while at the same time must address the diverse range of sensitivities, routines and systems used by various stakeholders (police, fire, health emergency services, etc.)
Underpinning Safe City operations are integrated Security Technology Solutions and the deployment of a scalable response through a structured command and control infrastructure.
Integration is the key success factor. Integration Means:
- Setting strategy and making commitment to the long term
- Procurement of new systems
- Shared Stakeholder Responsibility
When an incident occurs, effective and accurate response and reaction to an event is made possible because security authorities have a clear picture of what is happening, and the means to direct the necessary activities to counter potentially de-stabilising activities.
How does the Safe City Work
No two communities are exactly alike in their geography, infrastructure, legal system, demographics, budget, goals or challenges faced. Each requires the solution to be individually tailored and must dovetail with security best-practice already in place, both operationally and with existing technologies and processes.
The solutions assemble the security, control and management functions of disparate sub-systems under a single integrated Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) platform. The PSIM connects all sub-systems and sensors and is the brain of the Safe City. It provides centralised information for monitoring and co-ordination of daily operations such as information collation and dissemination, routing of emergency vehicles and planning for key events.
The lifeline supporting operations is an integrated and secure communications infrastructure allowing centralised management and audit of all types of data exchange and messaging. Communication solutions permit users from all agencies, to share voice and situational awareness data in a timely, effective and reliable manner on any device anywhere. Open communications, whilst maintaining the complete operational and data integrity of individual stakeholders will be key.
The heart of the security system is a command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4i) facility, where the information and data that is being gathered, is processed and presented to the decision makers. It is essential that they are presented with timely, accurate and salient information to allow intelligence-led decisions to be made rapidly. The C4i provides the means by which surveillance data and intelligence come together as one. Full exploitation of sensor data will optimise the effectiveness and efficiency of both C4i operators and of the individuals deployed to take the necessary counter-action.
Crisis preparedness is essential to successfully managing crisis. Underpinning technology, there must be clear and unambiguous crisis management procedures and demarcation of roles and responsibilities on actions to take in the event of a crisis. Understanding risks and current capabilities (technology, training, CONOPS) helps in the development of a gap analysis. This in turn will identify training needs analysis which will inform objectives for desk–top and simulated training exercises. These facets are critical to successful C4i Operations and Management.
If you’d like to learn more about Safe City solutions from Restrata, download our Capability Statement or contact us directly.
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