Technologies Required for Real-Time Situational Awareness
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Technologies Required for Real-Time Situational Awareness

Gov CIO Outlook | Monday, July 19, 2021

City leaders can gain more value from their existing investments and make their cities safer and better prepared to serve residents if they have the right vision and technology in place.

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Government agencies can benefit from modern physical security technologies that combine both video management and access control systems. They are also capable of a great deal more.

City leaders may use the same technology to think about the prospect of their transportation infrastructure and how smart cities will develop. City traffic control stations and other nerve centers can benefit from physical security platforms that integrate IP-connected video camera feeds, analytics capabilities, and video management tools to provide real-time situational awareness.

Those qualities can serve as a strong foundation. Local leaders and IT decision-makers, on the other hand, must decide what types of activity they want to monitor and, more importantly, how to use that information to improve city services like public safety, traffic, and parking. The advantages are real, but cities must begin with a vision.

Technologies Required for Situational Awareness

Some cities may already possess the components required to improve situational awareness. Many, however, do not have a system in place to connect them and take full benefit of city-installed video cameras, for example. Local officials must start preparing with the goal in mind. How would they want to gather all of the data that a video camera and sensor system can acquire to make the best decisions possible at the correct time?

A Video Management System (VMS) is the basic building block for the video portion of such a system. A VMS can support search analytics, such as faster video retrieval, object metadata, and forensic searches. Before tying everything together, other tools integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS), vehicle tracking, and other video data. Data from the license plate reader cameras and sensors, GPS trackers or sensors in police squad cars, and air quality monitoring stations and other linked devices might all be sent into such a platform. City leaders can gain more value from their existing investments and make their cities safer and better prepared to serve residents if they have the right vision and technology in place.

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