Video Surveillance Technology Transforms Smart Cities

By Eapen Jacob

Technology Trends

Growth in crime and terror-related incidents, coupled with the need to increase security levels globally, has led to an increase in the adoption of video surveillance systems. Recent tragic terror attacks in major cities around the world have increased the concern over public safety, prompting government authorities to increase their awareness of the need to implement advanced surveillance systems to prevent or at least detect and respond quickly and effectively to such attacks.

From Smart Cities to Safe Cities

The “safe city” concept, an essential pillar for emerging smart cities, focuses on safeguarding citizens from terrorism and crime and help in disaster management during natural calamities and other threats. A safe city solution should support fire, security, social service, and public health departments to help protect the citizens.


Hybrid Video Surveillance System

Smart video surveillance systems are proving to be a transformational force in smart cities and are providing quantifiable results in improved safety to help justify investments in IoT. The increased application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in surveillance systems enhances the interoperability among different surveillance devices, allowing users to take real-time metadata, process it with the help of advanced analytics software, and provide actionable intelligence to city authorities.

Neural Networks, Big Data, and Analytics Come to Video Surveillance

Nowadays, video surveillance systems and neural networks are widely used to control and manage traffic. The integration of Big Data and video analytics software with video surveillance systems reduce the need for human intervention in identifying unattended packages, suspicious activities, license plates, and much more. After detecting a certain event of interest, the system can alert a human operator and even send the video clip to the appropriate department. For instance, in case of a fire in a building, the fire and rescue department will be alerted.

However, as discussed in a new ARC market research report on Video Surveillance Systems, as more video surveillance systems are connected and the number of devices continues to explode, the implications for cybersecurity will increase exponentially. Despite the significant benefits of video surveillance systems for cities and other infrastructure, cybersecurity is likely to become the greatest inhibitor to increased adoption for these types of systems over the next five years. For more information on this and other available ARC market research, please visit our Market Research and Studies section.

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