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Creating safer cities as part of Bahrain's digital transformation

Government leaders in Bahrain are examining the potential of safer city technologies as part of wider digital transformation plans

Creating safer cities as part of Bahrain's digital transformation
Advanced technologies such as high bandwidth surveillance cameras and integrated control centres are helping to build city safety.

With Bahrain’s ICT industry quickly maturing, stakeholders from across the public and private sector are assessing how the Internet of Things will be able to usher in smarter and safer public services to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.

The topic of safer cities was in fact one of the standout themes of the recent BITEX 2016 conference. The three-day event was held alongside the MEET ICT Conference and brought top global technology companies under one roof to display the latest trends in their field.

Huawei was one of the leaders in the safer cities discussion, linking with government and business authorities to examine how new ICT innovations are set to improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of public safety systems. In particular, Huawei noted that cities across the region are placing greater emphasis on intelligent public safety solutions for incident prevention, emergency response and videoanalysis. Bahrain is no exception, with experts at BMI Research recently predicting that IT application spending by Bahrain’s public and private sector will grow through modernization initiatives over the medium term.

A delegation of regional Huawei experts was in Bahrain to share insights about how end-to-end public safety solutions are now being reimagined alongside the expanding boundaries of the Internet of Things.

During this year’s BITEX, Huawei further showcased how organisations can mitigate public safety challenges through stronger unified communications and convergence solutions, cloud-based computing and data centres, network security technologies, and more intelligent consumer devices.

Advanced, integrated safe city solutions can help government organisations to improve quality and coverage of surveillance systems, and improve retrieval of video data, as well as enhance sharing of video data among different departments or organisations through cloud-based video solutions. Video cloud sharing can also speed up information queries and linked case analysis.

Integrated command and control systems, that combine information from sources such as voice, video surveillance, Geographical Information System (GIS), eLTE video, telepresence, and police information systems, can improve cross-departmental collaboration and response by providing emergency managers better quality, real-time information from multiple sources. These integrated command centre solutions have been shown to shorten response time by over 30% in some cases.

Ubiquitous network connectivity and ‘bring your own device’ can be used to create powerful mobile solutions to connect emergency personnel and give them better access to information on the spot.

Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, has made clear his belief that ICT has become a key enabler for Bahrain’s transition to a digital economy. “In this region people dream with great ambition, and countries are truly becoming early adopters of new technology. In particular, Bahrain continues to invest a lot in its infrastructure while offering businesses low operational costs and liberal business environments,” said Yang.

“Creating a competitive marketplace, affordable services, and delivering excellent quality of service are crucial in providing businesses and individuals in Bahrain with the means to embrace today’s digital transformation,” he added. “There will of course be challenges, but I am optimistic about the future.”

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