IoT For Public Safety
Data in emergency situations is key
26 Feb 2019
Recently, Dubai’s fire service revealed plans to reduce response times to 30 seconds in key areas of the city, where it is now at a rate of 6-8 minutes for 80% of accidents reported. Speeding up response rates in emergencies reduces the impact of accidents, speeds up evacuations and, ultimately, saves lives. Further, it is a step towards achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in making Dubai one of the safest cities in the world.
Investing in smart technology harnesses the power of innovation and creativity, pushing Dubai to become a model for future smart cities. Just recently, Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum addressed the World Government Summit in revealing the emirate’s goal in reaching “10 years ahead of world cities”. And at the heart of all cities lies emergency services and the welfare of residents, optimized through cutting-edge IoT smart response systems.
IoT refers to a network of embedded technologies, with the ability to sense, communicate, interact and collaborate with one another. Within emergency service management, IoT sensors and software can be used to enhance data collection from multiple physical environments and communicate this quickly in real time to users, including residents, facilities management personnel and emergency services departments. IoT mitigates many of the problems affecting current emergency response systems, such as information lags, errors or weak communication networks.
An effective data exchange system is best achieved through the creation of an innovative IoT application, which provides a fully integrated emergency response solution for your building. By using a digital twin of your property and maximising the use of location-based information, at Smart Citti we build a solid foundation for innovative, real time, accurate emergency response systems, unique to your building. While IoT devices provide the necessary steps towards smarter emergency response systems, it is an integration of these applications, within a digital platform, that leads towards better response times, lower casualties and happier communities.
Let’s imagine you’re inside a building with an integrated control system, using wireless sensor networks to sense, communicate, interact, and collaborate data, addressing and improving issues with existing fire emergency response systems:
1. Flashing emergency evacuation routes
Dynamic evacuation routes that are dependent on the emergency location and integrated with a smart lighting system will intuitively help people navigate complex hazardous zones in real-time, indicating the quickest and safest direction out of the premises. The conventional exit signs or escape maps only signal where the closest exit is, which may mistakenly lead people into hazardous zones, as well as taking time to decipher.
2. Smart HVAC
An integrated smart HVAC system is efficiently able to control the spread of smoke from the fire source on a certain floor or area from all of the other floors in a building. This can be done through isolating the smoke to a specific zone and increasing fresh air supply to evacuation routes.
3. Information for emergency services
Emergency data transmission is one of the most important aspects of emergency services management - the flow of quick, accurate information. With an integrated platform, the location/state of the fire, number/location of residents within the building, vacant evacuation routes and rate of evacuation are all known. This information can then be transferred to emergency services departments in real time, aiding to firefighting services and reducing response times.
4. Fire asset management
Using RIFD chipping, the management or auditing team will be able to know the location of all assets within the building, as well as receiving a visual indication as to which of those are due to be serviced. This reduces time taken checking assets; an automatic notification guides maintenance personnel straight to the asset needing servicing, greatly improving efficiency.
IoT technology is crucial in providing quality public safety and security services, through adopting leveraged data-driven response systems with urban design standards suited to your building. An integrated emergency response system for fire hazards can push relevant information to public emergency services departments, assist in auditing assets and, most importantly, save lives.
The power to share data in emergency situations is key and this is leveraged through an integrated digital IoT application, better serving your city and community.