Technology and security experts have called on African governments to embrace the Safe City model to address rising crime, cyber threats and terrorism, accelerate economic growth,ensure data sharing among security agencies and cost savings and growing populations. According to them, with the increasing frequency of crime, terrorism and natural disasters, public safety has become a critical issue for governments worldwide. Protecting citizens’ lives and properties means building safe cities that are able to withstand external shocks.
Using new leading ICT, governments can enable a properly connected safe city where visualization and collaboration are embedded into the city’s infrastructure to maximize public safety. This enables the safe city to become a critical component in smart city development.
New ICT, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile broadband, video cloud, and big data, are developing rapidly, and are widely used in areas including integrated monitoring, warning plans, emergency communications, and decision making support.
With safe city solutions, comprehensive perception, emergency command visualization and effective inter-departmental coordination can be realized, creating a three-dimensional, intelligent public safety system for a city.