Essentials of Safe & Smart Cities

MER Group's experts recommend municipalities these steps to make their cities safer and smarter.

Many cities aspire to be safe and smart, but only those who implement the following measures and strategies can significantly improve inhabitants’ quality of life and reduce security risks:

  1. Technological infrastructure: A key step towards creation of an intelligent city is the construction of a solid technological infrastructure, including fiber optic networks, high-speed communication systems, IoT sensors and surveillance cameras. The information compiled from these systems is essential for improving public security, traffic management, garbage collection and other urban services.
  2. Public-private collaboration: Smart cities require collaboration between the public sector and the private sector. The private sector provides innovative technological solutions and funding for urban development projects, while the public sector provides regulation, supervision and governance.
  3. Management of data: Good management of data is vital for an effectively functioning city. This means compiling, analyzing and sharing information in real time (while protecting data privacy) to make informed decisions and improve public services.
  4. Sustainable mobility: Urban development depends on sustainable mobility. Cities must implement efficient and safe public transport systems and promote the utilization of non-motorized transportation such as bicycles and walking, in order to reduce environmental pollution and improve public health and security.
  5. Citizen participation: Smart cities must involve residents in the decision-making process and encourage residents’ participation in public debates and issues. Residents are the most valuable source for information about security needs and the quality of public services.