I n 2020, the public safety (PS) communities—be it firefighters, 911 call takers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), or police officers—have had to respond to several new and old issues alike. To address a rapidly changing world, first responders started leveraging a plethora of innovative technologies that could harness the latest innovation in tech and data. Whether they have had to wear a mask or solve a problem through virtual communication solutions like Zoom, they always stepped up to keep our communities safe.
With all this in mind, it is clear that the rate of change in this arena is only likely to accelerate as traditional formats are supplanted by digitally advanced technologies like AI, 5G connectivity, and IoT.
Leveraging IoT can result in better situational awareness and, therefore, lead to increased efficiency and improved officer safety. Potential IoT use cases include coordinated traffic signals during emergency responses and auto-notification of weapons deployment by a sensor mounted on a holster. In the context of public safety, AI is also helping public safety agencies automate tasks like facial recognition, resources management, and detecting patterns of behaviors. Many public safety organizations are now considering using AI to detect weaponry in CCTV and security camera footage in commercial and public spaces. This information can then be sent directly to 911 through the emergency response data platform, enabling first responders to arrive on the scene faster and better prepared. Likewise, 5G technology is expected to fundamentally change the connectivity hurdles that previously hindered PS communities to perform their crucial tasks. It can offer effective functioning in harsh environments and weather while seamlessly transmitting data from body cameras or providing continuous connectivity for drones—and much more.
At this juncture, public safety solution providers with advanced and integrated offerings are on the rise. To help agencies strengthen their operations capabilities and simultaneously enable growth in the sector, Govt CIO Outlook has compiled a list of the top 10 public safety solution providers. The list comprises prominent organizations in the industry that address challenges in the public safety domain by implementing current trends. Besides, the magazine also includes insights from thought leaders in the sector on the industry trends, best practices, recent innovations, and their advice for aspiring CIOs.
We present to you Govt CIO Outlook’s, “Top 10 Public Safety Solution Providers – 2021.”