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Business Reporter: How video technology can help cities achieve their sustainability goals
Sustainability is the number one goal on everyone’s agenda. In each country, we must all play a responsibility and a role in building a more sustainable future.
Cities have a disproportionately large impact on the environment, and thus play a greater role in achieving sustainability goals. For a long time, we have seen an increasing trend of urbanization, and this creates problems in the work on sustainability.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provided an important basis for cities. Created in 2015 and designed to achieve 2030, the SDGs are 17 interrelated global goals designed as “a plan to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”.
The SDGs cover many areas – while Goal 11 is specifically focused on making “cities and towns inclusive, safe, sustainable and sustainable”, there are aspects of many other goals that are also relevant to urban centers.
From video surveillance to valid data
The link between technology, data and sustainability is clear, and the adoption of the SDGs of the world’s cities is beyond doubt. The latter ESI ThoughtLab research, which surveyed administrators in 167 cities around the world, found how effective the use of technology and data is considered fundamental to achieving the SDGs. The study found that cities that have made the best progress in achieving the SDGs have also been leaders in using technology, data and partnerships to achieve their social, environmental and economic goals.
Sustainability has always been a priority for Axis ’own business, but of course we also want to support our customers in achieving their own sustainability goals. Since CCTV technology has been transformed, we are in a better position to do so today than ever before.
Our solutions allow us to control issues such as air quality, energy consumption and extreme weather, as well as traffic flow and the growing needs of public safety and the ability of citizens to move freely and easily. The growing complexity of CCTV technology – particularly video analytics and the ability to connect data from sensors of various types, including video cameras – means that it can support a number of challenges facing cities, particularly smart SDC cities. to execute.
Three of the main areas in which cities are focused and which are directly related to a number of SDGs are the environment, mobility and public safety. And these factors are far from independent, but very interrelated. Again, this reinforces the critical need to destroy bunkers and allow data exchange across the city. As stated in SDG 17, partnerships are a key success factor in achieving sustainability goals.
Environment as a measure of sustainability
Monitoring environmental factors is essential for the sustainability of the city and ensuring the health and well-being of citizens. Poor air quality and noise pollution are closely linked to serious health problems. High-sensitivity environmental sensors – such as those that measure air quality – are used in conjunction with video surveillance, giving city officials early warning of problems, visual inspection and the ability to take the right action.
Video surveillance can also show that waste is collected and managed in accordance with the SDGs, as well as monitoring and containment of illegal landfills (including waste disposal in the oceans as covered by objective 14.1), vandalism and even garbage, all of which adversely affect the city’s environment.
The SDGs are, in part, a response to the environmental damage that has been done in the industrial age – one of the results of which, of course, is climate change. The world is increasingly experiencing severe weather conditions that could disrupt urban infrastructure, provide critical services and thus risk harm to citizens. Again, the SDG focuses on this through Task 11.5: “Reducing the Negative Consequences of Natural Disasters” with indicators relating to deaths and critical infrastructure disruptions.
Environmental and weather monitoring sensors give city authorities time to prepare for harsh weather; video surveillance allows you to monitor both weather conditions and the movement of the city’s population; and connected technologies, such as audio, can be used to transmit live and pre-recorded warnings and instructions to ensure people’s safety. In dealing with the consequences of natural disasters, video surveillance can also be of great help in rescue operations and assistance.
Sustainable mobility and transport
Allowing citizens to move freely and easily is also a fundamental part of the city’s life and covers goal 11 SDGs. With the growing number of people and vehicles in cities, it is important that transport and mobility have the least possible negative impact on the environment.
Video surveillance tracks traffic and how people move, detecting incidents that can cause traffic jams – and thus pollution. As part of the SDG 3 “Good Health and Well-being”, the specific objective is to reduce road traffic injuries and deaths. Again, video surveillance using traffic analytics is of great benefit in the efficient and safe management of urban traffic, public or private.
Increasingly, data from CCTV cameras is used as an active tool in planning and managing mobility infrastructure to reduce its impact on the environment. Video surveillance data can also be used to ensure the mobility of citizens – for example, quickly and efficiently directing drivers to available parking spaces or charging stations for electric vehicles.
Public safety in cities
“Providing people with a sense of security” is the goal of every city and is partially included in the SDGs under Goal 11.7: “Ensuring access to safe and inclusive green and public spaces”. This is also one of the main roles played by video surveillance throughout the city.
The sad truth remains that population density in urban centers means that these are places that can simultaneously attract criminal activity and where incidents and emergencies can quickly become a serious risk to large numbers of people.
While they may be seen as more “traditional” places for CCTV, advances in technology mean it is becoming smarter, more accurate, and more proactive than just post-incident investigations.
Instead of relying solely on manual monitoring, intelligent video analytics can monitor multiple video streams, detect anomalies, unusual patterns, certain objects or suspicious behavior, and quickly draw the operator’s attention to the scene. Intervention can then be called through emergency services or through loudspeakers on the spot, warning criminals that they are being watched, or offering help, advice and recommendations to people at the scene.
Such a rapid response can stop the crime before it is committed, prevent the incident from escalating, evacuate a certain area or provide direct assistance before the arrival of emergency services.
Prevention of specific crimes also directly supports other SDGs and goals. For example, Goal 3.5 focuses on the prevention of drug and drug abuse, which obviously can be supported through the prevention of organized crime and drug trafficking.
We are constantly exploring opportunities to support sustainability
This article provides just a few examples of where CCTV and other sensors can directly support the achievement of a SDG. But it’s not just about how video surveillance is used to directly support work to achieve the SDGs in cities. Axis, together with our partners, offers flexible, scalable and open source cameras and IoT solutions that help make cities safer, more inclusive and more enjoyable – while helping them achieve their sustainability goals.
Our high reputation and focus on social responsibility, integrity and the environment, together with our industry-leading cybersecurity solutions, enhance our reputation and trust – and contribute to the long-term sustainability of cities.
Learn more how Axis contributes to building smarter and safer cities.
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How video technology can help cities achieve their sustainability goals
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