‘ICT, the frontline of public safety’

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COLLABORATION between the government, businesses and the community is vital to ensure public safety in a complex urban environment.

Sue Bryant, Chief Digital Officer of Huawei Southern Pacific Region, said this during her speech at the Safe City Summit held yesterday at the Royal Brunei Polo and Country Club in Jerudong.

“Public safety has been and still is one of the key requirements for any given community living in an urban setting,” said Bryant.

She said better coordination and partnership will be essential in facing the evolution of security threats seen across the world.

Bryant said a city that is connected and powered by information and communications technologies (ICT) infrastructure would allow more efficient and effective actions to be carried out for crime prevention, disaster management and other emergencies.

“ICT is now on the frontline of public safety,” she said.

She added that new technologies are maximising intelligent analysis and providing more visual information to help reduce crime and create a more secure environment for business, tourism and living.

“What really makes a city smarter (and safer) is how they bring agencies together collectively so that we can share information, infrastructure (such as video surveillance) and fundamentally create processes in a better way,” Bryant told The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the event.

Bryant said training will first be given to partners by the Huawei delivery team where they will operate the system together for the first year before gradually handing it over to the partners.

“(This) will start to build a lot more ICT skills within the Bruneian community. We need to get to a stage where we have careers in ICT for Bruneians, and that’s what we want to do,” she added.

Huawei held its Safe City Summit yesterday as a platform for government and private sectors to share insights, development trends and global success stories on public safety in cities and reinforce city safety through establishing innovative ICT safe city solutions.

During the summit, there was a demonstration of a few of these technologies, including ubiquitous network access, a convergent command centre, video surveillance cloud and mobile policing.

Present as the guest of honour was Chinese Ambassador to Brunei Yang Jian.

According to a press statement, Huawei’s Safe City Solution has been deployed in more than 40 cities across 30 countries.

Huawei was founded in 1987 and is a leading global ICT solutions provider with the vision to enrich life through communication.

The Brunei Times