Think carefully about existing daily workflows before jumping into new technology, especially when connectivity, data overload and privacy are live issues. Used well, data from the “Internet of Public Safety Things” can make a fundamental difference to the way first responders manage their work.
It’s clear the “Internet of Things” era is not a passing fad. Gartner predicted that 6.4 billion connected “things” surrounded us in 2016, up 30 per cent on the previous year. As this growth rate continues it also contributes to a data deluge. IBM Research found that 98 per cent of the world’s data was created in the last two years alone – a trend that will continue in 2017 and beyond.
While most accept that the growing flood of data means that we are being presented with more information than we need, Australia’s public safety agencies have very distinct needs when it comes to data.
Data can help to provide vital clues to assist with investigations or with managing emergencies, but only if its most relevant parts are presented to first responders and it doesn’t distract them from their daily work.
Digital and multimedia content including CCTV footage, social media feeds, sensors and videos captured on citizens’ smart phones can all form part of the multitude of data sources that make up the “Internet of Public Safety Things”. In public safety, being able to filter and analyse this content and derive meaningful intelligence from it is the key to working more safely and productively while keeping our communities safer.