Meet Us @ MUNI-EXPO 2019

Creating a Smarter Future

Meet Us @ MUNI-EXPO 2019

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Expo Tel-Aviv, February 27-28

MER Group is a world-leading integrator in the areas of communications and Homeland security, offering Smart City turnkey projects that are impeccably planned and executed from start to finish.

We developed a unique model for the Smart & Safe city, in order to bring a fresh, holistic approach to the municipal needs. At the heart our solution is an advanced Information Management platform – Smart-M, installed at the heart of the Municipality’s Command & Control Center.

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קבוצת MER היא אינטגרטורית מובילה בארץ ובעולם, המשלבת פתרונות מתקדמים בתחומי תשתיות תקשורת ובטחון המולדת. הקבוצה מציעה פרוייקטים מתקדמים של ערים חכמות המתוכננות ומבוצעות מא’ ועד ת’.

פיתחנו מודל ייחודי לערים חכמות ובטוחות, במטרה להעניק גישה רעננה ומקיפה לכל צרכי העירייה. בלב הפיתרון שלנו שוכנת פלטפורמת ניהול מידע מתקדמת, Smart-M, המותקנת במרכז השליטה העירוני.

MER Group @ MWC Barcelona 2019

Creating a Smarter Future

MER Group @ MWC Barcelona 2019

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Come meet us at booth 5E61!

MER Group delivers superior solutions and value-added services to the telecom industry, partnering with Telcos and Operators to expand their offering and explore new opportunities. These include MER’s “Smart-M”, an advanced City IoT Command & Control Management Platform that integrates all data sources, to provide actionable insights, municipal BI and complete situational awareness.

With nearly four decades of partnership with industry leaders, MER Group has created the perfect solutions package for the ‘Smart IoT’ era.

Contact us to set up a meeting at MWC: [email protected]

The Dark Side of Digitalization

Creating a Smarter Future

The Dark Side of Digitalization

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Digitization has become a permanent fixture of modern life, expanding into almost all facets of industries and organizations. Now, governments find themselves needing to follow suit. Citizens expect their governments to adopt and implement technologies consistent with those they have become accustomed to when dealing with their bank or while grocery shopping online.

Digitization provides governments with some undeniable opportunities.  By digitizing their framework, governments can become considerably more responsive and efficient when providing service to citizens. Citizens too can be empowered by digital services that broaden their engagement with different branches of government.

However, it is impossible to ignore the often-dangerous realities brought upon by an ever-increasing digitized world.

Millions of potential cyber security threats per second render digitized IT systems vulnerable to serious attacks. Data breach and online payment fraud have become almost commonplace phenomena. And when it comes to governments, one successful infiltration into a small, relatively insignificant system could lead to complete shut down and send the entire government into a tailspin. 

A leak of financial information may arguably be the worst-case scenario, but it is far from the only threat digitization poses to governments. Often privy to much of their citizen’s private information, governments are tasked with ensuring it remain absolutely safe. Whom citizens choose to associate with; their biometric data; their sexual preferences and religious affiliation are all data that cannot be compromised.  Governments have no room for error in this matter, if they are to secure their citizens’ trust. 

So, what can be done? What measures can governments take to combat this challenging reality?

First and foremost, governments must embrace operational changes. The use of protective measures to cope with rapidly evolving technology usually involves no small amount of operational and organizational restructuring, coupled with the need to adjust to international privacy standard reforms.

If governments strive to collaborate with private sectors by sharing knowledge, they can establish more efficient strategy and methods to successfully tackle the issue.

Above all else, governments must improve cyber protection. Determining the importance of each digital asset and setting specific targets for protecting them is paramount. Embracing cyber awareness across all levels of governments, similar to employee advocacy promoted in the private sector, has also proven successful in yielding significant results.

Additionally, leading cyber and privacy regulations, may encourage cooperation between institutes, determine responsibilities for protecting sensitive data, and create clear and accessible instructions for everyone to follow.

Citizens’ level of trust in those with access to their private information needs to be absolute. They need to believe that governments adopting digitization, do so in a way that does not compromise them, their finances, or any of their rights to privacy, in any way.  It is the governments’ job to prove that to them.

Get in touch with us today, we’d love to hear from you!