Public safety and security

Safer cities: Most wanted app, police do Snapchat, lasers that spot drunk drivers (and more)

Fri, 2014-07-25 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

An app helps residents watch for “most wanted” criminals, police in two countries are finding innovative uses for social media, and how a laser helps police catch drunk drivers. Click for details on these and more smart ideas that are making cities safer.

Philadelphia credits smart policing for lower crime rates

Wed, 2014-07-02 06:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Philadelphia has fewer officers patrolling the streets, yet crime is down and the number of murders has fallen to the lowest rate in nearly 50 years. The police commissioner credits the city’s smart policing strategies. Read more ways cities are using technology to improve public safety.

Foot commuting takes a step forward in safe, walkable cities

Fri, 2014-06-06 06:00 -- Doug Cooley

Compared to the rest of the world, Americans are not great walkers. Especially when it comes to walking to work. But a recent report indicates that, in cities like Boston and San Francisco, a good number of people have started using their feet for work transportation. Safer streets appear to be a reason.

Alert system lets local officials track array of emergencies and threats

Wed, 2014-05-28 06:00 -- Doug Cooley

A cloud-based service that gathers and filters the latest information about severe weather, road closures, health threats, electricity outages and even cyber attacks is now available to help city and regional governments better share emergency data. Swan Island Networks and Microsoft CityNext teamed up to provide the solution. Get the details.

Smart Oceans project will use IBM technology to monitor and predict off-shore disasters

Wed, 2014-04-30 06:00 -- Jesse Berst

IBM and the University of Victoria are developing a system to monitor and predict the behavior or earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters off the British Columbia coast. They expect the information to benefit public safety agencies, public transportation, tourism and other industries.

Top tech priorities for public safety officials? Just keeping up is No. 1

Fri, 2014-04-25 06:00 -- SCC Staff

When the Public Technology Institute surveyed local government public safety and IT officials to rank their top technology priorities, "just keeping up" with technology changes, personnel changes and workload topped the rankings. Click to see what else made the top 10 list.