It’s a Wrap: Making Smart Cities Safer at SCEWC 2018

As a leading provider of mission- and business-critical software solutions, Hexagon’s Safety & Infrastructure division is uniquely positioned to help public safety agencies and city governments address today’s biggest challenges. Challenges like improving operations, increasing citywide collaboration, expanding stakeholder engagement, and modernizing services.

At this year’s Smart Cities Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona, Spain, we demonstrated how Hexagon’s technology solutions make cities safer. We featured solutions tailored to meet a city's end-to-end public safety workflow – from dispatching and call-taking to major event management and analytics. Hexagon’s Geosystems and Geospatial divisions were also on-hand and demonstrated a variety of measurement, analysis, and mapping technologies that spanned the breadth and scope of smart cities.

Hexagon also had a presence in the Microsoft booth. In their connected patrol car, we demonstrated how our solutions empower officers in the field. We also featured the recently launched Intergraph InSight, our new data visualization and analytics suite of products. In Huawei’s area, Intergraph Planning & Response was highlighted on Huawei’s ICT hardware solutions.

During SCEWC, there were many keynotes, solution talks, panel discussions, and more. Several Hexagon executives had the opportunity to share industry expertise and thought leadership to aid cities’ Smart City and Safe City initiatives and strategies. Here are the highlights:

Uncover, Understand & Act: Data-Driven Public Safety | Kalyn Sims, CTO of Hexagon’s Safety & Infrastructure Division
Featured in the Microsoft booth, Kalyn discussed how cities can use data to improve public safety and service-provider accountability by easily creating, understanding, and sharing visual reports and analysis based on comprehensive information.

Safe Cities: Challenges & Vulnerabilities as Our Cities Become More Connected | Max Weber, Senior Vice President of EMEA, Hexagon’s Safety & Infrastructure Division
In this solution talk, Max shared how cities can become more resilient and mitigate the risk of failed technology systems through shared data and IT, better collaboration, and more proactive, intelligent operations.

Joint Solutions for Smarter, Safer Cities | Jurgen Nerz, Senior Vice President of Hexagon
Jurgen’s presentation highlighted how Hexagon and Huawei’s joint technologies can help cities become smarter. He reiterated that the key to success is not only building connectivity, but also ensuring cities can use data and capabilities as widely as possible to deliver the greatest utility and value.

Every year, SCEWC recognizes city governments, agencies, and technology companies for innovative approaches that tackle some of the today’s most challenging urban problems. Longtime Hexagon customer North West Fire Control was a finalist for the Innovative Idea Award. The agency manages all fire and rescue services for four northwest England agencies. Through its partnership with Hexagon, North West Fire Control integrated multiple communications and dispatching systems into a central control center, resulting in more than £15 million in cost-savings to date. Although the award went to Cape Town, South Africa’s Affordable Housing Scheme, it was an honor to have North West Fire Control recognized for its efforts to deliver better services to its citizens through multi-jurisdictional collaboration.

All in all, SCEWC 2018 was a great success. I would like to thank everyone who visited the Hexagon booth and engaged with our Smart and Safe City solutions. I would also like to thank the teams at Hexagon Geosystems, Hexagon Geospatial, Microsoft, and Huawei for their hard work and support.


About Kerry Fehrenbach

Kerry Fehrenbach is the vice president of global marketing for Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. In her more than 15-year tenure at Hexagon, Fehrenbach has led global marketing, managed nationwide government relations, facilitated strategic planning, and actively participated in corporate community events. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Fehrenbach has served on the board of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Girls, Inc., and the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

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