Public safety and security

Cities have a duty to protect the public and much of this duty is accomplished by first responders such as police, fire and ambulance. Smart technologies are revolutionizing how cities locate, mitigate and prevent safety issues.

A Smart Grid as the Backbone for a Smart City

Fri, 2013-03-15 11:40 -- Liz Enbysk

In 2011, the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee completed the installation of a smart grid that is becoming the backbone of a smart city, with measurable benefits. Installed by the Electric Power Board (EPB), the community-owned electric utility, the project encompassed EPB's 600-square-mile service area.

Saving Lives and Property

Mon, 2013-03-04 17:59 -- Liz Enbysk

Mayors and other city staff charged with improving public safety and emergency will want to read this brief R&D case study about FireGrid, a technology being developed to give the emergency services vital advanced knowledge about the fire they are attending, how it will progress and where victims may be trapped.

Preparing for Public Safety Broadband

Mon, 2013-02-18 17:19 -- Liz Enbysk

City leaders and planners exploring the deployment of a broadband network for public safety may find some useful pointers from this best practices document prepared for state leaders in the United States when legislation was passed calling for a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety communications.