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Brits demand smart city anti-terror measures

Two-thirds of Britons want the government to invest in smart technology that will help to improve the safety and security of where they live, says a new study.

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Citizens want smart cities to improve their safety and security
Citizens want smart cities to improve their safety and security

Two thirds of Britons would like the Government to invest in smart city measures to improve the safety and security of where they live, a new study suggests.

 

The research from ATG Access sets out to examine the problems that could be solved through the adoption of smart city concepts.

 

Attitudes to smart cities

 

Conducted as part of ATG’s Smart cities: Turning the dream into a reality report, the study explores consumer attitudes and perceptions towards smart cities, and ways to overcome current barriers to adoption in the UK.

 

The report found that 66 per cent of respondents reckon that pedestrians would be better protected following the implementation of smart city measures

 

In particular, two-fifths of respondents (39 per cent) said they would like to see smart barrier solutions, which respond in real time to events, implemented.

 

These work by isolating affected areas when an incident, like a terror-related attack has taken place or by shutting down areas of a town or city if there is intelligence to suggest an incident is about to take place.

 

A similar figure (63 per cent) report they would like to see smart improvements to their local road systems to allow the emergency services to reach incidents faster.

“While traditional security measures are still sought, we are seeing a rise in demand for smart city solutions that use real time data to respond instantly"

Furthermore, one quarter of Britons (24 per cent) would be willing to fund these smart barriers through their tax contributions.

 

“The rise in terror attacks and violent crime within the UK has naturally led to an accompanying demand from the UK public for measures which can help better protect them,” said Gavin Hepburn, managing director at ATG Access, a provider of road blocks, bollards and vehicle barrier systems.

 

“While traditional security measures are still sought, we are seeing a rise in demand for smart city solutions that use real time data to respond instantly.

 

“Should a security issue occur in a smart city, there are numerous ways responsive smart barriers and traffic light control can minimise the associated chaos and disruption and allow better access for the emergency services,” he continued.

 

“But while these benefits are clear, more investment is needed before we start really seeing smart cities becoming a reality.”

 

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