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Improving public safety with collaborative IoT security solutions

By Justin Slade, Director, Channel Marketing, Microsoft on May 18, 2018

Filed under Microsoft in Government

Webinar: IoT in Action – Make Public Safety Collaborative with IoT (US time zones)

The internet of things (IoT) is transforming the safety of communities worldwide. And we’ve only scratched the surface. Microsoft and partners like Genetec are partnering with organizations and businesses in communities to pioneer collaborative solutions. All of which give police and other first responders immediate access to vital, cross-agency information, accelerating time to resolution and deterring crime.

In this article, we’ll review how IoT initiatives and security solutions are making public safety more collaborative through communication technology and intelligence-led first responding. To learn more, be sure to attend Microsoft’s upcoming IoT In Action webinar, Make Public Safety Collaborative with IoT.

IoT-enabled cameras in Detroit reduce violent crime

One example of how collaborative IoT is being implemented in security solutions is Project Green Light in Detroit. In 2015, Detroit had the second highest murder rate in the US. Data showed that more than 25% of violent crime was happening within 500 feet of gas stations during certain hours. So, they teamed up with Genetec and used their Community Connect platform to fight back.

As part of the project, multiple internet-connected cameras were installed at 307 gas stations around the city. By transmitting real-time data to police headquarters, these high-resolution cameras enable law enforcement to proactively monitor and respond to suspicious behavior. The police use the cameras to zoom in on faces, license plates, and car models, facilitating faster, safer, and more strategic responses. The cameras have helped to accelerate resolution to violent crimes and have served as a deterrent to would-be criminals. Check out this news article for a dramatic example of this community partnership and intelligence-led first responding in action.

Solving key public safety challenges

When public safety is at risk and seconds count, first responders must have the ability to collaborate in real time. And while innovations in the cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT are making this easier, there are still some huge roadblocks. The four primary challenges for security solutions can be categorized as follows:

  1. Data silos: Cities, schools, law enforcement, and other public and private organizations maintain a complex network of isolated systems that don’t talk to each other. Sharing and collating information that first responders need is inefficient at best and in some cases, non-existent.
  2. Data analysis: Although massive volumes of data are available, analyzing it in real time is a huge challenge. The ability to quickly assess and act on data such as license plate recognition, facial recognition, and gunshot detection is vital to improving first responder safety—and their ability to act swiftly.
  3. Multichannel communications: Many agencies are still relying on disparate and outdated channels of communication or communication technology, making it difficult to coordinate response efforts. One solution to this problem is the next generation of 911 service in the US, which is helping to make inter-agency communications easier.
  4. Security and privacy: While most agencies are moving to the cloud, concerns over security and privacy have hampered efforts to share data. Microsoft is dedicated to helping partners and customers overcome these barriers. For instance, Azure Government Cloud in the US meets stringent law enforcement requirements like the FBI’s CJIS standard. Microsoft also has a dedicated Trust Center to help prepare partners and customers for GDPR compliance.

Communities are beginning to see the value of security solutions powered by collaborative IoT. Integrating systems is a big trend, as well as data analytics, setting up some big opportunities. In 2018, the industry value (globally) has been estimated at $100 billion or more.

Coming May 24, 2018: Make Public Safety Collaborative with IoT

Discover how collaborative IoT can improve public safety by registering for the IoT in Action webinar, Make Public Safety Collaborative with IoT (US time zones).  Get insights from industry experts around how collaborative frameworks bring communities together in pursuit of common goals. You’ll also hear from Microsoft IoT Partner, Genetec on how you can digitally transform video management to improve transparency and shrink costs.

If you’re outside the US, register for these time zone-friendly webinar deliveries: APAC June 8, 2018 and EMEA – June 14, 2018. For more insights, be sure to explore our full IoT in Action Webinar Series.

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