To be smart, a city must first be safe. Safe cities strive to protect people and property, economic activity, the environment, and the public perception of the city. While public safety professionals focus every day on maintaining safe cities, there are times when unknown, unplanned incidents – such as natural disasters, riots, acts of terrorism, industrial accidents, and mass casualties – require multiple groups of essential responders to effectively and efficiently work together.
But often collaboration across multiple agencies poses challenges because there isn’t a common system or integrated technology framework being used by essential responders and their respective agencies. This makes quickly responding to and recovering from an incident another hurdle to overcome – among the others associated with the incident.
Having a safe city technology framework brings critical information, systems, and organizations together to solve these challenges. Safe City Framework technology systems join to become a force multiplier that significantly enhances the situational awareness, common operating picture, and interoperabilty for all emergency management personnel involved.
Comprehensive Situational Awareness
More and better information about locations and incident details help improve response times and increase emergency personnel safety. Hexagon solutions help enhance situational awareness by providing emergency operations centers (EOCs), command staff, and diverse organizations with the visibility, oversight, and coordination necessary to plan for, respond to, and recover from major incidents.
Integrated Common Operating Picture
One of the biggest challenges for emergency management personnel is the inability to efficiently share information and coordinate actions, both within and across organizations and jurisdictions. Working with a common operating picture and understanding helps to mitigate risk and reduce impacts. With immediate, complete, and coordinated information about events and resources, our solutions help multiple agencies respond to incidents in real-time with speed and efficiency.
Hexagon helps cities collaborate across emergency services and public and private sectors to deliver better safety, resilience, and value. Through shared information and tools, cities can reduce redundancy and bridge gaps in capabilities. Interoperable systems offer improved service quality, lower long-term costs, and better collaboration between agencies.
Beth Harte is a senior marketing specialist focused on public safety and security.