Recognizing that smart cities will take advantage of communication and sensor capabilities sewn into the cities’ infrastructures, this white paper argues that new solutions are absolutely necessary not only to improve the quality of daily-life with innovative efficient protocols but also in terms of privacy.
Public safety and security
What were the top 10 security threat and related technology factors in 2012? According to IBM, new threat vectors from mobile/smart phones top the list.
Public officials are turning to the same technology advances that businesses have been using—automation, smart sensors, analytics, visualization and computational modeling—to help make public safety systems smarter and real time.
A panel of experts discuss cybersecurity issues related to smart cities during the 2012 CAFFEET Conference at the Cal Berkeley CITRIS Center.
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.
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.
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.