The term smart cities conjure images of smart streetlights with sensors, connected traffic cameras designed to make pedestrians and drivers safer, and pervasive Wi-Fi in public areas. This technological push has manifested itself today to make even smartercity applications, led by the rising adoption of cloud technology, 5G, and AI.
One of the aspects where smart city technologies are really striving to bring a difference is safety. Biometrics, facial recognition, smart cameras, and video surveillance have gained traction with increased use by law enforcement services. These technologies are increasingly being used by cities to identify patterns and trends in crime data, reduce response times and explore crime prediction. According to a recent McKinsey report, using these applications are reducing fatalities by 80 percent and incidents of assault or robbery by 30 percent.
To put the spotlight on such key developments in the industry, APAC CIO Outlook features thought leadership articles from Brad Dunkle, Deputy CIO, City of Charlotte, and Nelson Gonzalez, Assistant IT Director/CISO at City of Coral Gables, who shed light on the recent innovations, cybersecurity strategies, compliance management, infrastructure modernization, and future-proofing of smart cities.
In this edition of APAC CIO Outlook magazine, we also bring to you the story of some of the topsmart city solution providers in the APAC region that deliver the best outcomes for their clients. In the list, Advanced Mobility Analytics, particularly, stands out for its groundbreaking SaaS analytics and insights platform, enabling governments to make evidence-based decisions and deliver safer and more efficient transportation networks. Another notable company, Kerlink, is offering a flexible model tailored to create real life use cases in three major domains: smart agriculture and environment, smart buildings and industry, and smart cities and quality of life.
Through the following pages, we aim to shine a light on the innovative trends and latest developments in the smart city domain. We would like to know your thoughts.