Smart Cities

Enhancing smart cities for first responders

Almost anything can be controlled remotely.  You can open your garage door from your office. Your thermostat knows when you’ll come home. But, the more significant advances in technology – the ones that can save property and lives – take planning and coordination. Bringing cyber-physical systems (CPS) – the Internet of things we see in smart buildings and homes –can improve both the safety and the effectiveness of firefighters. A concerted and cohesive approach is needed to reach actionable intelligence. Improved integration and synchronization between stationary technologies and emergency responders will be critical to achieving actionable intelligence.

In 2016, there were more than 475,000 structure fires.

In 2016, there were more than 475,000 structure fires and approximately 3,390 fatalities and 14,650 injuries to the civilian population. Stationary sensors, built or placed into buildings can become powerful sources of on-scene data generation. Existing data from building plans, building inspections and other governmental agencies needs to be interwoven, synthesized, processed and made available instantly to augment the most efficient response.

Cyber-physical technologies and real-time data will work together.

Working together between the fire community and will unlock data that will be invaluable in fighting a fire or staging an emergency response. Augmenting existing environmental sensors, placing new stationary sensors and connecting the necessary system and tools are on the horizon. Cyber-physical technologies including smart building, smart firefighter equipment, connected fire department apparatus and real-time, accurate data will work together to unleash their life and asset saving potential.