Law enforcement and approaches to city safety have evolved significantly over the last 20 years as information and communication technology has improved how data is captured, stored, and used to help make better operational decisions. We are on the cusp of the next evolution of the Safe City, with 4G LTE enabling vast and quicker data transfer while the continuing advances in IT, including big data analytics, consumerisation, and cloud-based services, allows users to make sense of greater quantities of data more cheaply.
The rate at which new technologies and approaches are adopted by a city will be determined by several key factors that drive technology implementation. These factors include the threat faced by the city in terms of crime, terrorism, environmental hazards, and the wealth of the city, which may include access to international finance. Also of importance is government investment and policy towards information and communication technologies (ICT).
In 2014, Frost & Sullivan developed a model to benchmark over 600 of the globe’s most populous cities in terms of the threat they face and their ability to invest in the latest technology. This paper assesses how cities fall into clusters, why attitudes towards technology differ, and what this means for systems integrators and technology vendors.
About this report
Frost & Sullivan’s previous analysis of Safe City trends, released in February 2014, considered several trends that will shape how we secure cities over the next decade. The following Market Insight will consider how suppliers stack up against each other today, how partnerships and alliances are changing competitor market positioning, and how the supplier landscape will change. The need for increased multi-agency collaboration, gaining intelligence from data, and merging systems and infrastructure will continue to shape supplier strategy.
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