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3 IoT integrations needed for the future of smart cities


This is an excerpt from an article written by Vidsys Founder & CEO James Chong which was featured on IT Pro Portal.

While the reach of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand daily and globally, few organisations realise the groundbreaking impact this approach can have for enterprise security and public safety.

Conversely, while IoT is still considered an emerging market, 68 per cent of businesses are already using IoT applications. The significant percentage of present adoption proves that organisations realise the value of IoT, even as some struggle with its strategic implementation.

When looking at the top IoT trends, most of the buzz is around “smart cities.” But what really makes a city “smart” and how can a security software platform help to enable this transformation? When looking toward the future of smart cities, there are three key areas where IoT integration can extend an organisation’s capabilities and propel them forward into a smart city mentality.

Virtual Situation Management (VSM):

Virtual Situation Management gives organisations the ability to manage globally dispersed assets, not only distributed geographically (i.e., locally, regionally, nationally and globally), but also across multiple partner and sharing organisations. Each of these locations and partner organisations could have their own concept of operations, priorities, and policies where VSM provides the ability for each entity to operate both independently, but also collaboratively, as situations arise.

VSM provides a consolidated, dashboard view of situations across multiple, and independent application servers, thus significantly improving both situation management and reporting capabilities across all subsystem data. In the case of a city, VSM could be used to monitor situations across multiple agencies such as fire, police, public utilities in real-time.

This view allows the city to narrow down searches to agency subsystems and allow for full visibility of alarms, incidents, or emergencies across the entire city from one unified view.

Read the full article on IT Pro Portal here.


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