Many major cities around the world face challenges related to terrorism, natural disasters and other threats. Having security systems in place to protect against such risks is key, but equipping cities accordingly can be difficult. A recent Frost & Sullivan study found that technological advances are proving essential in equipping major cities with the security capabilities they need to safeguard residents.
According to the news source, integrating a variety of technological systems into a central platform can enable organizations to identify the conditions throughout an area, analyze exactly what is happening and where, notify first responders effectively and make better decisions about how to respond to emergency events.
Krzysztof Rutkowski, aerospace and defense research analyst for Frost & Sullivan, explained that improving technology is a necessary component of improving security in cities.
"To increase security and decrease cost, technology must be improved and modified," said Rutkowski. "The most important driver for Safe Cities is better resource utilization through the deployment/integration of technology."
Embedded software plays a key role in making this kind of vision for secure cities possible. Having software in place that has been thoroughly tested and works exactly as it should is key to providing support for any defense-related functions. This is especially true as safety-critical embedded software has to comply with strict regulatory requirements.