It is clear that tough challenges still exist in achieving the technological change that deliver solutions to significantly improve efficiency and deliver benefits across a range of operational and corporate areas. However it is also clear that very positive moves are being made towards effective exploitation of solutions, as well as increased force collaboration, for example on record management systems. This information sharing is now enhancing, and enhanced by, the successful performance of mobile workforce applications such as Pronto, with all the efficiencies they are delivering.
These points are made clear in the report released last week on the Fourth Digital Policing Summit. This summit, convened by Cityforum, brought together a senior community of interest (including national programme leaders, force technology bosses, chief officers, politicians, vendors and consultants) to discuss not just the challenges around digital transformation but thinking and actions to address them.
We welcome the fact that the report acknowledges the need for closer collaboration, communication and partnerships with the Technology Vendor community. In this brave new world of defining the right technology to solve some of the current and future challenges faced by the emergency services, clear articulation and understanding of needs must be a positive step towards delivering solutions. Helping forces balance both community policing needs and national threats is obviously critical and whilst technology is a tool for change we also know that it can be viewed with concern by the public and even within blue light organisations. However, achieving rapid change and technology adoption may be key to responding not only to everyday resource challenges, but to external threats at the national level.
For this to happen, public safety organisations need not just the best tools and data to meet their evolving needs, but also a partner with specialised knowledge and experience to identify ways of working never thought possible. Motorola Solutions is working with forces in the UK now, helping them to effect the technology transformation that we must all embrace in order to remain relevant and effective.
You can download the summary report of the Fourth Annual Digital Policing Summit ‘Perennial Changes and New Hope’ here.
With over 90 years experience of supporting the public safety community internationally and a 50 year history with the emergency services in the United Kingdom, we believe we are best placed to help meet evolving public safety needs. Do come and see our solutions for policing at forthcoming events including Security and Policing 2019 (Farnborough, 5/7 March), Senior Women in Policing (Birmingham, 6/7 March) and British APCO 2019 (Coventry, 12/13 March).
David Robinson is Head of Sales with Motorola Solutions
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Paul: AI, wearable devices and HD video have all been around for a while, but they’re now really coming to fruition and accelerating at a breath-taking pace. At Motorola Solutions we believe in purpose-built technology for first responders. Technology for everyone doesn’t work particularly well for anyone. First responders have unique needs. Harnessing all of that brilliant tech – AI, wearable devices, HD video – to the benefit of first responders is what we focus on.
Julian: There’s so much data out there, the key is getting the right information to the right person at exactly the right time. How are the team going about that?
Paul: Yes, with such an amazing amount of data available, getting the right information to first responders is a certainly a key challenge. When developing technology for first responders High Velocity Human Factors (HVHF) are a core principle. The more stress you’re under, the less ability you have to focus on anything other than the situation that’s causing you stress. The ironic thing is, the more you need the technology, the less ability you have to cope with what you need.
Julian: That also brings in the importance of sensors – sensing when officers are in stressful situations without them actually telling you.
Paul: Absolutely right, we’re all walking Internet of Things with biometrics sensors, cameras, audio pickup devices, and environmental sensors. The trick is to fuse all of that together and make sense of it in the moment, in real-time, to discern the context of the individual. What’s the right piece of information you give them? How can our technology best help them in that precise moment?
Julian: So, this isn’t just a story of data. It’s one of analytics, data and devices working together?
Paul: Absolutely. As we discussed earlier, there’s prolific amounts of data out there. I think we’ve crossed over 15 zettabytes in the digital universe which is an enormous amount of raw material that feeds analytics and intelligence. But it always comes back to the human being. How do we get that information to them in the most usable way? That brings us back to the devices and technology that we carry the information on.
Julian: Where do you see all of this going?
Paul: Video is becoming much more prolific – growing at about 100 million fixed CCTV cameras installed every year. With GDPR and some of the other regulations coming along, that creates a challenge. We have more video, but more complexity in managing it as well. With us all becoming walking Internet of Things, not only does AI allow us to take all of that data and extract meaningful information in real-time – it also allows us to interact with human beings in different ways. For example, Natural Language Processing – the ability for a human being to have a conversation with the technology. We like to say one of the most important pieces of research we get is Eyes Up, Hands Free – stay focused on what you’re doing, with your hands available to do it. Voice is still the most natural way for human beings to communicate in that setting.
Julian: Project Greenlight in Detroit is an interesting one. The partnerships with local businesses all drawing video together. Do you think that’s a model that others will follow?
Paul: I do. I think you’ll see that public, private partnership model continue to expand across the world. Increasingly video surveillance cameras and these technologies are pervading their way into the public and private sectors. The more we can fuse that together and get them sharing information and collaborating in real-time – then we’re making an important step towards safer cities and thriving communities.
Julian Foster is Global Co-Lead for the Social Media Centre of Excellence at Motorola Solutions
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