Uniting the Critical Systems that Define a Smart City

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Uniting the Critical Systems that Define a Smart City

A smart city utilizes technology and data to improve the quality of life for its citizens. This includes using data to improve infrastructure, transportation, energy, and communication systems and providing access to health care, education, and employment opportunities. Smart cities also aim to reduce their environmental impact, increase public safety, and create a more efficient and connected city experience.

SmartCity Security and Monitoring

With intelligent cities becoming increasingly popular comes the need for innovative security systems that can be easily managed and monitored. Numerous innovative city security technologies include AI-based surveillance cameras, access control systems, security alarms, and intelligent sensors. These systems can be tailored to meet the city's unique needs, providing the best protection for citizens and visitors.

To ensure the most effective security, it is essential to consider the types of threats present in the city and how best to address them. Additionally, data security measures should be taken to protect sensitive information and prevent unauthorized access. With the proper security measures in place, intelligent cities can remain safe and secure while still providing the services and amenities that make them such attractive places to live.

CORTROL Global is a powerful enterprise VMS with an event and action manager that can provide early warnings and offers federal, state, and local law officials real-time data to monitor and respond to critical or urgent situations interactively.

SmartCity Environmental Monitoring

Smart city environmental monitoring is an integral part of urban planning and development. It involves collecting data on various environmental factors, such as air quality, water quality, temperature, and noise levels, to create a comprehensive picture of the environment that can inform decisions and plans. Smart city environmental monitoring can help cities identify potential environmental hazards and make informed changes to their infrastructure to reduce those risks. It can also help inform the design of green spaces, identify areas for improvement, and develop strategies for lowering city emissions and conserving natural resources. Smart city environmental monitoring is essential for creating a sustainable urban future.

Building Automation and Video Management Systems

A building can add intelligent analytics and data-collecting sensors integrated with its Video Management System (VMS) to monitor its environment. Sensor technology combined with a VMS or building management software can provide a complete overview of building operations. For example, in 2019, NYC passed the Climate Mobilization Act, also known as  Local Law 97. It impacts 60% of New York's buildings (about 50,000),spanning residential and commercial properties, and requires most facilities to be 25,000 square feet or larger to reduce their carbon emissions by 40% by 2030and 80% by 2050. Collecting energy, emissions, and resource use data can prevent policy violations.

To do this, intelligent IoT sensors (Halo Smart Sensor) can detect poor air quality, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide and help determine building emissions. In addition, the IoT sensor can provide actionable intelligence to the building's software system (Ganz CORTROL Global VMS), which initiates pre-programmed mitigation or corrective actions.

For example, video analytics or an IoT sensor may reveal that AC constantly runs in an empty conference room long after everyone has left. By integrating with CORTROL Global's intelligent Event and Action Manager, this event then triggers pre-programmed data-driven decisions (e.g., the AC is controlled).

To learn more about Ganz CORTROL Global VMS, go to https://ganzsecurity.com/cortrol.