Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, officially unveiled its Integrated Communication Platform during the Huawei Connect event in Shanghai earlier this month. The platform is a new addition to Huawei’s range of Safe City solutions featuring extensive connectivity and high visibility. The platform can pick up alerts from various channels via social media, Internet of Things and etc, and can also quickly and extensively access videos. It enables fast response and handling of security alerts, streamlined coordination of different first responder departments, and granular, informed command decisions.
The ICP was announced at the August 31 Global Safe City Summit, which was part of HUAWEI CONNECT 2016, held in Shanghai. With its theme of “Leading New ICT, Making Cities Safer”, the Global Safe City Summit attracted over 1,500 attendees from government departments, standards organizations, consultancy firms, and Huawei’s industry partners. The summit featured discussions on the use of innovative technologies such as cloud computing, Internet of Things, mobile broadband, and video. Participants said the security industry must become smarter and cloud-based to develop proactive, integrated, fully visualized safe city systems.
Safe City Is Changing in the Digital World
Across the world, police and security agencies recognize that traditional security analog practices no longer meet the needs of modern cities. Khoo Boon Hui, who has been president of INTERPOL and Commissioner of the Singapore Police, shared his insight at the summit. “In today’s digital economy, a variety of new security threats have emerged. We need to evolve from building urban security systems to enhancing collaborative public security. We must keep pace with rapid societal and technological changes, and improve security arrangements for inter-agency collaboration as well as deepen police-public cooperation.”
Urban security practices need to change, and ICT is playing a vital role. Technologies such as IoT, LTE, cloud, and big data analytics help security agencies to quickly develop strategies, improve security infrastructure, and control costs. Thomas Lynch, Director for Security and Critical Communications Research at IHS, believes the key to a safe city is the free flow of data. New technologies can deliver more efficient emergency services and faster threat response. IHS research has found that global investment in public security solutions exceeded US$5.5 billion, and that number will increase to US$8 billion by 2019.
Thomas Lynch, Director for Security and Critical Communications Research, IHS
The Kenya Government is a trailblazer in the security industry, and has extensive experience implementing safe city solutions. Francis Gachina Gatuthu, iC3 Director, National Police Service, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Kenya, said that the Kenya government made a significant commitment to improving public order over the past few years. The command center’s eLTE system gives it access to CCTV coverage of major events and urban districts, so that it can respond to incidents with speed and precision. The Kenya Government is modernizing communications in the National Police Service as per the vision 2030 on security sector. Figures supplied by Kenya Police Dept’s 2015 annual report show that since the introduction of the new system, the crime rate in Kenya has dropped significantly. Tourism has also picked up considerably, with hotel room occupancy in January and February this year up 18% over 2015.