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Neil Killick

Director of Sales, Developed Markets, Milestone Systems

Implementing smart video technology infrastructure into cities can boost safety, mobility and sustainability.

The more we see, the safer our cities can become, says Neil Killick, Director of Sales, Developed Markets at Milestone Systems. Today, 55% of the world’s population live in urban areas. This will increase to a jaw-dropping 70% by 2050. This explosive growth in populations will continue to challenge city living – with immense pressure on infrastructures, increased risk of crime and more pollution. Ultimately, quality of life will suffer.

Benefits of a connected city

It doesn’t have to be this way if governments, policymakers, urban planners and security operators tap into the opportunities offered by connected, data-driven video technology, which can make cities smarter. When data generated by cameras and sensors is channelled into a central, connected video management system, operators can monitor, analyse and examine footage on a single interface — and, as result, make a real, positive difference in people’s lives.

With data-driven video, we can overcome seemingly impossible challenges.

For example, with this type of shared tech, cities can be made safer. It can help first responders deploy their resources more effectively and offer them advanced post-event evidence and analytics. Crowds can be managed more safely; entry points to buildings can be monitored to prevent unauthorised access; and cameras, sensors and analytics can be employed to quickly investigate and resolve crimes. City authorities, law enforcement and governmental agencies can communicate and collaborate more effectively if they are all using the same information.

Tackling congestion, crime and environmental challenges

Video technology can be a boom for city mobility, honing in on roads, intersections and transport hubs to detect incidents and queues, avoid congestion and improve people’s transport experiences. Sensors, video or radar can inform drivers of unoccupied parking spaces. Roads, public transport systems and thoroughfares are key to a city’s prosperity and liveability, so solutions ensuring free movement and safety are critical.

Plus, video tech is a win for sustainability, with closer monitoring ensuring better air quality, water levels and waste and water supply management. When cameras, sensors and analytics monitor noise, chemical and waste pollution, city environments are improved, and resident wellbeing rises. The data doesn’t just allow citywide operators, authorities and decision-makers to react speedily to incidents as they are happening — it can also help anticipate and prevent them.

With data-driven video, we can overcome seemingly impossible challenges — and a better urban life can be created for all.

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