Security Systems News

APR 2017

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Smart cities becoming a reality At UCC, we are committed to providing you with the best monitoring services in the industry along with the resources you need to take your business to the next level. From the latest technology and services to industry-leading dealer support and training, nobody works harder for you than UCC. Make the move today and experience the UCC difference. UCC. MORE THAN MONITORING. Best-of-Class Resources Latest Technology Professional Marketing Customized Training Texas License B20576, ACR-2215/Florida License EF20001361/California License: ACO6132, ACQ5175 © 2017 United Central Control John Loud CEO LOUD Security "UCC IS CRITICAL TO MY BUSINESS GROWTH." JOIN US TODAY Become a UCC dealer and watch your business grow. 888.832.6822 DEALERS UCC 1 UNPARALLELED DEALER SUPPORT increase response time. Kathryn Bartunek, a security and engineering consultant with AECOM, says that the term "smart city" is not new or novel, but is a trending term today as technol- ogy advances and becomes more ubiquitous. Smart technology, Bartunek explains, "includes Inter- net of Things, predictive analy- sis, machine learning, geospatial t e c h n o l o g y, mobile laser scanning, and BIM [Building I n f o r m a t i o n M o d e l i n g ] technologies." She lists six f a c t o r s t h a t have contrib- uted to the push for metropolitan areas to go "smart." They include continued R&D, reduced technol- ogy costs, lower cost and higher benefit evidence including emer- gency response, a shifting gen- erational tolerance to open source data, increased investment and public demand. Yet challenges to achieving these "smart cities"—where cameras can count crowds, sensors can "hear" gunshots and law enforcement can be dispatched quicker—is finding the right balance between cost- effective policies and community engagement. One of the first considerations of cities that want to upgrade their security systems is cost. Alex Richardson, a communica- tions analyst with IHS, says that it is up to cities to find creative solu- tions in funding a major project like this—it won't just be covered by taxes. "Typically the funding is not going to be from one source. It will usually be from a couple and especially if you can get several groups involved, that just makes your funding pool bigger," he says. In 2016, Columbus, Ohio beat out 78 other mid-size cities for a $40 million grant from the Department of Transportation for their smart-city proposal. In a statement from the DOT, those federal funds were in addition to an already raised amount of $90 million from private partners. Another $10 million was pledged from Vulcan Inc.—the business and philanthropic company for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The department also wrote on its website that there is $2 billion in federal funds earmarked for smart- city projects. Another case of a successful "smart-city" program—but on the more focused angle of smart security—with a private and pub- lic partnership can be found in Detroit, Mich. Today, cities, police departments and local businesses are exploring new ways, and seeing the benefit, of coordinating their video sur- veillance. In 2005, New York City announced the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, which—among other things—started the project to funnel video and information from thousands of surveillance cameras into a central command center. When major metropoli- tan areas in the U.S. are talking about being a safe and a smart city, they're talking about law enforce- ment, local businesses and private initiatives working together to find ways to link up, deter crime and By Laura Kelly YARMOUTH, Maine—When Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis arrived to Boylston Street on April 15, 2013—shortly after two explosions killed three people and injured hundreds more near the finish line of the Boston Mara- thon—he said one thing: "First job, get on the video." Davis recounted in a PBS doc- umentary that year how, in the fraught minutes after the bomb- ings, police needed to begin the tedious task of collecting indi- vidual video surveillance footage from nearly 200 businesses in the surrounding areas. K. Bartunek Continued on next page April 2017 SECU ri TY SYSTEMS NEWS Special Repo R t 30

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