Securing cities with 3rd Platform technologies


17 November 2016

There have been significant major advancements in public safety market through digital transformation in Asia Pacific region, according to a recently published research from International Data Corporation (IDC).

The IDC Government Insights report says these advancements have significantly altered the technology landscape in the national security and public safety spaces and have driven innovation, growth and changes in business models.

At the same time, according to the “Asia Pacific Public Safety Market" report, government policy frameworks have a big impact on the relative viability of business cases for smart safety and security solutions in different countries.

“The value delivered by smart security solutions is fundamentally enabled by integrated systems of sensors, network connectivity, and data analytics,” says Shreyashi Pal, Market Analyst, IDC Asia/Pacific Government and Education Insights.

IDC believes that "3rd Platform technologies and Innovation Accelerators are all for a critical part of how public safety organisations need to bring together technology capabilities into an integrated smart safe IT environment".

According to IDC, 3rd Platform technologies are built on technologies and solutions in IDC's Four Pillar areas, Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile and Social Business. Innovation Accelerators, IDC says, are the next wave of 3rd Platform technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Natural Interfaces, Cognitive Systems, Next Gen Security, Augmented & Virtual Reality, Robotics, and 3D Printing, which are critical to business transformation.

The research also highlights that there is a significant partnering opportunity for government departments and institutions to work closely with experienced security solution providers for building smart safe cities.

In its report, IDC found that Smart City initiatives can tap on the extensive capabilities from national and international vendors so that government policymakers can enhance and improve the existing core capabilities and functionalities of smart security solutions as part of their responsibility.

Technological growth in security intelligence community platforms would enable organisations to pool anonymised data so all members can benefit from the combined knowledge gleaned from many sources, says Gerald Wang, Head of IDC Asia/Pacific Government and Education Insights.

"Data sharing will help security analysts speed up threat identification and detection, thereby minimising risk, averting attacks, and improving the protection of critical assets."

In addition, emerging technologies like cognitive computing and machine learning often work together to improve the tasks of sorting and analysing vast amounts of data, drawing conclusions, and providing answers, predictions, and/or probabilities, says Wang.

IDC recommends in the report for security solution providers to partner with local governments in order to showcase solution functionality, develop safe cities based on the preference and need, and to develop best practices in public safety. "The vendors should use agile methodology to keep their customer involved during the entire process of collaboration."

The market analysis and advisory firm also advises public safety organisations to establish a platform for collaborative action and response.

"It has to focus on developing a security focused culture among the citizens to develop a mindset that is highly alert and aware of cyber-threat, suspicious of unidentified physical objects, and consistently mindful of suspicious persons."

Organisations should educate and train people to foster security-oriented culture, the report stresses.