Paradox DB7  – FHD Video Doorbell

Loud and crisp audio. Finally, talking and understanding.

Paradox DB7 Video Doorbell adds surveillance protection to home or business security. It integrates security with style into your daily life. With the DB7, you will get verification of every visitor to your property entrance. The DB7 allows you to see and clearly hear who is at your entrance 24/7, and Paradox servers will keep your visitors’ events up to 60 days (a monthly charge applies).

The DB7 provides FHD video (1920×1080) and two-way communication speakerphone supported with 2.5W rms power and high quality speaker, delivering crisp conversations. The DB7 captures 5-second pre-event recordings, with exceptional video in dark conditions, complimented by night IR illumination. Push events can alert if anyone approaches even if they don’t ring the doorbell, with PIR and/or video detection.

Integrated with Paradox systems, a door opening can be easily configured with a panel PGM or with Paradox access control. Video and audio data is encrypted with AES. The DB7 uses video H.264 data compression to save bandwidth.

Adding internal wireless chime anywhere on the site is easy with the optional DBC5 wireless chime.

BlueEye Application

The newly designed Paradox BlueEye mobile app in conjunction with the Swan server, manages the alarm system, access, lights and garage doors, and also answer calls or connect anytime to the DB7 to view, listen, and talk when desired. Swan service keeps the history of recordings for 60 days when subscribed to recording services. History files can be viewed, downloaded, and protected from editing while in Paradox video format. The BlueEye application is used to configure easily and customize the DB7.

Video Encryption

DB7 videos are encrypted with 256 byte TLS encryption. Paradox can not decrypt the videos stored on our recording servers, only permitted users can choose to decrypt and share video files from the application. Safe, secure and private.

The installation works with existing doorbell wires, but does NOT support bell in series, wide supply range of 12-24 Vac or DC and 500 mA / 7.5W minimum. Connects via WiFi. Internal wireless chime can be added easily with the DBC5 accessory.

The DB7 is an outdoor device; in case of theft, or if vandalized, Paradox offers an insurance program. When enrolled, the DB7 is replaced once a year, no questions asked, and two times more per year at $50 cost. All stolen/ damaged DB7’s will be blacklisted and can’t be used anymore.

Features

  • Answer audio/video calls with speakerphone
  • View and listen at any time
  • Optional internal wireless chime module (DBC5)
  • Record events for up to 60 days on the cloud
    (with paid subscription) with 5 seconds pre-event
  • FHD video (1080×1920) resolution
  • HiFi audio with crisp and clear two-way communication
  • Day/Night mode with IR night illumination
  • Event trigger with PIR and/or video processing
  • Push notifications
  • WiFi connection
  • IP65 dust/water resistance
  • DB7 angle mount bracket (optional)
  • Theft protection plan

One Application
Security, Video Doorbell,
Access, Outputs, and more.

DB7 angle mount bracket

 

Technical Specifications

Resolution 1920 x 1080 Inverted Full HD, H.264, 15 FPS

DB7 view cam

Night Vision Infrared, 10 FPS, IR Filter when active, Anti-Glare detection
Audio HD, Class D amplifier 2.5W RMS
Power Connection 12-24 AC, DC 500mA / 7.5W minimum (Supply connection
is NOT supporting bells in series)
Detection Type Image recognition and/or PIR detection
Pre-event Recording 5 seconds before event
Field of View 155° Vertical, 94° Horizontal
WiFi 2.4 GHz, supports 802.11b/g/n
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion up to 10 hours in normal use
Tamper Wall
Operating Temperature -20 to 45 °C (-4 to 113 °F)
Operating Humidity 80%
Dimensions (H x W x D) 16 x 6.5 x 3.5 cm (6.3 x 2.5 x 1.5 in.)
Weight 180g (6.3 oz)
Color Options Black and white
Certifications CE, FCC, IP65
Installation Requirements Paradox panel produced on or after 2017 with IP150,
IP150+, or PCS265LTE.
All latest FW. Power (two wires), WiFi 2.4 GHz
Internal Chime (optional) DBC5, 433 MHz, 1 per doorbell, up to 100 ft, 8 chime
sounds
Cloud Recording
(subscription)
Unlimited event recordings/storage for 60 days, for all calls
(2.5 minutes file length), movement detection up to 30 sec.
and Cooldown 30 sec. All videos include 5 sec. pre-event.
Subscription activation needed via application.
Theft/vandalize Insurance
(subscription)
Insurance purchase available upon registration via BlueEye
mobile application.
Conditions apply.
Warranty 2 years, see full warranty conditions on paradox.com/terms

 

CIGNA WELLBEING APP™ IS CIGNA’S GLOBAL APP, FREE TO ALL OUR MEMBERS*, WHICH INCLUDES:

CIGNA WELLBEING APP™ IS CIGNA’S GLOBAL APP, FREE TO ALL OUR MEMBERS*, WHICH INCLUDES:

  • Video consultation from Monday to Sunday with medical specialists, psychologists and nutritionists, in Spanish and English.
  • Various online resources that help improve health and well-being.

With the Cigna Wellbeing App  we are at the side of our members to take care of them, at any time, from anywhere.* Except dental policies

 

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THE CIGNA WELLBEING APP  IS DESIGNED TO HELP TAKE CARE OF YOU THROUGH:

TELEMEDICINE

  • Easy, secure and confidential access to a team of health professionals via mobile, every day of the week**.
  • Make your medical consultations through video consultation or telephone, in Spanish or English.

  • Maximum guarantee of confidentiality.

  • No need to travel.

  • You can schedule your medical appointment in two hours.

  • With the possibility of prescription prescriptions.

  • **The video consultation and telephone consultation services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

HEALTH MONITORING TOOLS

  • Tracking and recording of biometric data such as body weight, heart rate, blood pressure, sleep activity, cholesterol or glucose.
  • It facilitates the detection of possible alterations.

  • It allows you to see the evolution of your health status through the registration of biometric data.

  • Monitoring of chronic diseases.

HEALTHY LIFE HABITS COACHING

  • Prevention of risk factors and health control through guided guidelines
  • Specific questionnaires on nutrition, physical activity, rest and management of emotions or stress.

  • Online coaching programs.

  • Health Library Cigna Wellbeing App  .

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TO USE THE CIGNA WELLBEING APP  , YOU MUST BE REGISTERED IN THE CIGNA INSURED PRIVATE AREA.

  • To register in the Private Area, go to clients.cigna.es/cp and follow the steps indicated. Remember to have your insured number and policy number handy, which you can find on your insurance documentation or on your Cigna card.
  • Your access codes in the Cigna Wellbeing App  are the same as in your Insured Private Area. If you have just registered in the Private Area, you will have to wait at least one hour to access the Cigna Wellbeing App  .

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The Police warn of the summer scam in Spain and Marbella: scams in vacation rentals

The summer scam has exploded this year and already exceeds the figures for 2019. Given this trend, the National Police, together with companies selling and renting villas,  luxury homes  in Fotocasa, Airbnb, Confianza Online, have launched the alert to that users be more careful with possible scams in vacation rentals.

Remember that only during this 2022, more than 6,000 Spaniards will fall into the trap of scammers like those who have starred in the program. So before you put down a down payment for what seems like a bargain, make sure the apartment exists.

Faced with this situation, the General Directorate of the Police has launched this Thursday a series of recommendations to avoid being a victim of fraud. In this way, they warn that citizens who are not used to reserving an apartment or house online or who do not know how platforms like Airbnb work can be an easy target for organizations dedicated to this type of fraud.

So that users can book with peace of mind and find a trusted host this summer, the National Police, Airbnb and Confianza Online have worked together so that guests can be alert to detect and avoid fraud.

Some of the signs and tips to avoid scams when booking summer vacations are:

  1. Beware of messages with suspicious links. Don’t click on links in emails you don’t trust. They may contain links to fake web pages that mimic Airbnb’s design in an attempt to steal personal information or infect devices. In this situation, please return to the home page
  2. typing in your browser and continue browsing from there. Find out here how to detect if an email or website really belongs to Airbnb.
    Beware of offers that are too good to be true. Beware of offers that combine excessively low prices with very attractive images or accommodations. If an owner wants to make too many changes during the booking process (offers you to pay differently, sends you contact addresses that don’t match the listing, offers you a different listing that wasn’t on the page, etc.) it could be something behind a criminal who wants to avoid your location. To avoid this, look for ads that have a lot of positive reviews and read them carefully. This will allow you to detect if there are any negative aspects that several guests point out and that could tarnish your vacation. You can also verify that the host’s identity and other account details have been verified or confirmed.
  3. Communication and payment, always on the platform. If they ask you to make a deposit or a bank transfer, if they give you a PDF or paper invoice or offer you a discount for paying outside the platform, be wary. Pay special attention if that person proposes to use for payment companies that are normally dedicated to sending money, bank checks, money orders. If they suggest payment methods outside the platform, it is most likely that they intend to carry out some kind of fraud. Therefore, you should always make payments and communicate through the Airbnb website or app. Whenever you communicate, book and pay through Airbnb you will have the security guaranteed by the multiple protection system. If the host never asks you to speak by other means or sends you emails, that’s a good sign.
  4. You suspect a tone of urgency or inconsistencies on the part of the host. Scammers often try to rush or pressure guests into booking, show inconsistencies in the language in which they express themselves and in their nationalities, areas of residence or telephone prefixes, as well as in the text of the accommodation advertisement. Do not feel pressured, before deciding on an accommodation, carefully read the profile of the host, the comments of previous guests and, for example, use the image comparator available in the main Internet search engines, and check if the images correspond to different rentals located in different geographical areas.

TESLA – Artificial Intelligence & Autopilot – Tesla Bot

We develop and deploy autonomy at scale in vehicles, robots and more. We believe that an approach based on advanced AI for vision and planning, supported by efficient use of inference hardware, is the only way to achieve a general solution for full self-driving and beyond.

Hardware

Build silicon chips that power our full self-driving software from the ground up, taking every small architectural and micro-architectural improvement into account while pushing hard to squeeze maximum silicon performance-per-watt. Perform floor-planning, timing and power analyses on the design. Write robust, randomized tests and scoreboards to verify functionality and performance. Implement compilers and drivers to program and communicate with the chip, with a strong focus on performance optimization and power savings. Finally, validate the silicon chip and bring it to mass production.

Neural Networks

Apply cutting-edge research to train deep neural networks on problems ranging from perception to control. Our per-camera networks analyze raw images to perform semantic segmentation, object detection and monocular depth estimation. Our birds-eye-view networks take video from all cameras to output the road layout, static infrastructure and 3D objects directly in the top-down view. Our networks learn from the most complicated and diverse scenarios in the world, iteratively sourced from our fleet of nearly 1M vehicles in real time. A full build of Autopilot neural networks involves 48 networks that take 70,000 GPU hours to train . Together, they output 1,000 distinct tensors (predictions) at each timestep.

Autonomy Algorithms

Develop the core algorithms that drive the car by creating a high-fidelity representation of the world and planning trajectories in that space. In order to train the neural networks to predict such representations, algorithmically create accurate and large-scale ground truth data by combining information from the car’s sensors across space and time. Use state-of-the-art techniques to build a robust planning and decision-making system that operates in complicated real-world situations under uncertainty. Evaluate your algorithms at the scale of the entire Tesla fleet.

Code Foundations

Throughput, latency, correctness and determinism are the main metrics we optimize our code for. Build the Autopilot software foundations up from the lowest levels of the stack, tightly integrating with our custom hardware. Implement super-reliable bootloaders with support for over-the-air updates and bring up customized Linux kernels. Write fast, memory-efficient low-level code to capture high-frequency, high-volume data from our sensors, and to share it with multiple consumer processes— without impacting central memory access latency or starving critical functional code from CPU cycles. Squeeze and pipeline compute across a variety of hardware processing units, distributed across multiple system-on-chips.

Evaluation Infrastructure

Build open- and closed-loop, hardware-in-the-loop evaluation tools and infrastructure at scale, to accelerate the pace of innovation, track performance improvements and prevent regressions. Leverage anonymized characteristic clips from our fleet and integrate them into large suites of test cases. Write code simulating our real-world environment, producing highly realistic graphics and other sensor data that feed our Autopilot software for live debugging or automated testing.

Tesla Bot

Develop the next generation of automation, including a general purpose, bi-pedal, humanoid robot capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive or boring. We’re seeking mechanical, electrical, controls and software engineers to help us leverage our AI expertise beyond our vehicle fleet.

How to choose your video surveillance system?

How to choose your video surveillance system?

Define the level of home security
To know what video surveillance system you need, it is important to ask yourself how protected your home is currently and in which areas you should reinforce your security.

 

There are many types of video surveillance systems, which means that each one will have different characteristics and peculiarities.

Not all of them could be adjusted to the needs of your home.

Therefore, when choosing a camera system for the home, it is essential to take into consideration:

The design of your house.
The number of entrances to your home.
The size of your house.
The value of your assets
Your budget available.
Using this information, you will be able to determine how your video surveillance system should be for your home.

Types of security cameras for homes
Home security cameras are the ‘mother’ element of any video surveillance system.

They come in different sizes and obviously for different purposes.

Once you have defined what your home security needs are, you should consider the different types of home security cameras and choose the one that is right for you.

The types of cameras are:

BOX cameras
They are security cameras for houses with multifocal and interchangeable lenses.

Bullet cameras
These security cameras are smaller in size; they go unnoticed and can be placed indoors or outdoors.

Dome Cameras
These are placed on the ceiling or walls and offer an anti-vandalism casing.

PTZ cameras
It is a type of security camera camera capable of rotating in a vertical plane and in a horizontal plane and that, in addition, can be zoomed in or out manually or automatically.

How can I improve the video surveillance system?
After selecting the type of camera, one should also emphasize the additional features that video surveillance equipment can offer.

When choosing security cameras there are other variables to consider as well.

From cameras for day or night, waterproof, types of technology available. Pay attention to this list that can also help you improve the functionality of your video surveillance system and increase security:

Adjustable cameras: They are the mobile cameras that can be tilted or zoomed for multiple points of view.
Day / night cameras. Night cameras use infrared LEDs to generate clearer images.
Cameras with high resolution: Cameras with higher resolution offer better image quality.
IP cameras vs wired cameras: IP cameras are those that do not need cables for their operation.
Waterproof cameras: They are the ideal cameras for outdoor places, since they do not ruin when in contact with water.
Cameras with remote access: Synchronizing your video surveillance system with home security applications will allow you to control the cameras and see in real time through your mobile device.

Garmin expands its Approach® with a new lineup of GPS devices to help golfers improve their game

Including the Approach S42 golf smartwatch, Approach S12 golf watch and Approach G12 GPS rangefinder

OLATHE, Kan./March 16, 2021/Business Wire – Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced new additions to its popular Approach series of GPS golf products – the Approach S42 smartwatch, the Approach S12 watch, and the Approach G12 GPS rangefinder – all with more than 42,000 preloaded courses so golfers can walk onto any tee box with confidence. Across the board, the new Approach lineup offers exemplary battery life and supports connectivity with Garmin’s very own club tracking sensor and the Garmin golf app1 which makes it easier than ever to upload scorecards, review performance stats and much more.

  • With the Approach S42, golf with style and rely on smartwatch capabilities to easily transition on and off the course.
  • Avid players can rely on the easy-to-use Approach S12 and focus on a practical golf watch solution designed to obtain key yardages to the green, hazards, doglegs and more.
  • And with the Approach G12, players can glance at golf data – like distances to the green — from a compact GPS rangefinder that clips on to their pocket or golf bag.

“Garmin brings technology to the forefront with the new Approach product line to help golfers play their best game while staying competitive and connected within the golfing community,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “From smartwatches to GPS rangefinders, our latest Approach devices will also equip novice and veteran golfers alike with precision, style and attention to detail on every swing.”

Three of a kind 

The Approach S42, Approach S12, and Approach G12 share a host of features to benefit golfers of every skill level:

  • Link with the Garmin Golf™ app to participate in weekly leaderboards, tournaments, review live scoring, strokes gained analysis, automatic scorecard uploads and much more.
  • Pair with the optional Approach CT10 club sensors for automatic club tracking to see how far players hit each club.
  • Gain precise yardages to the front, middle, and back of the green, hazards, doglegs, layups and more, thanks to a built-in high sensitivity GPS that zeroes in on a player’s location.
  • Use the Green View feature to see each green’s true shape and to move the pin for better yardage accuracy, regardless of where a golfer is on the course.

Golf with style

The lightweight Approach S42 offers an easy-to-read 1.2-inch color touchscreen display with a sleek design that easily transitions from a daily timepiece to a comprehensive golf watch. Once on the course, golfers can rely on a loaded feature set that includes the AutoShot round analyzer to track and auto-record shot distances.2  Golfers can wear the smartwatch in and out of the golf course and peruse smart notifications3 and activity-tracking features4 that include steps, sleep, calories, vibration alerts, move bar and built-in sport profiles. Whether golfers are looking for style points or sportiness, switching bands is easy with the Approach S42’s quick release bands. Enjoy more time on the links thanks to the Approach S42’s versatile battery life that lasts up to 15 hours in GPS mode, and up to 10 days in smartwatch mode.

Ready to tee off 

Easy-to-use and practical for beginners and seasoned players alike, the Approach S12 includes interchangeable quick release bands and introduces a unique round watch design with a 1.3-inch sunlight-readable high-resolution display. Thanks to the new Big Numbers display mode, Approach S12 makes it easier than ever to read yardage numbers during play. When paired with the Garmin Golf app on a compatible smartphone, the Approach S12 wirelessly updates a player’s most frequently played golf courses for up-to-date course information. Golfers can confidently play round after round thanks to the Approach S12’s internal, rechargeable battery that lasts up to 30 hours in GPS mode.

Clip and play

Golfers can fine-tune their game with the Approach G12 GPS rangefinder featuring a thin, compact design with a 1.3-inch high-resolution sunlight readable display that lasts up to 30 hours on a single battery charge. Offering all the benefits included in the Approach S12, the versatile Approach G12 GPS rangefinder adds a built-in clip and a lanyard loop to securely attach the device to pockets or golf bags.

Available now, the Approach S42 GPS golf smartwatch has a suggested retail price of $299.99; the Approach S12 GPS golf watch has a suggested retail price of $199.99; and the Approach G12 GPS golf rangefinder has a suggested retail price of $149.99. To learn more about these products and Garmin’s full line of golf electronics, visit garmin.com/approach.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for adventurers, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing products that enhance experiences and enrich lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom, contact the Media Relations department at media.relations@garmin.com, or follow us at facebook.com/garmingolftwitter.com/garmingolfinstagram.com/garmingolf or youtube.com/garmin.

1Requires app on your compatible smartphone.

2Lie and ball contact may affect shot tracking. Putts are not tracked. Some shots, particularly chip shots around the green, may not be tracked.

3When paired with a compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble.

4See Garmin.com/ataccuracy; sleep tracking available when paired with your compatible smartphone; see Garmin.com/ble.

About Garmin International, Inc.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin is a registered trademark.

All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Notice on Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 28, 2019, filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of such Form 10-K is available at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

How IP intercoms can enhance video surveillance systems

Customer attitudes and demands have continued to shape the security sector, driving ongoing market and industry changes. As a result, new use cases have emerged for security and safety, related to building access, communication and control across a variety of sectors. These have set the scene for security professionals to rethink how intercom technology is being used, taking advantage of advanced capabilities to help intelligently support end users and system owners. This would span automated monitoring and remote management to convenient, safe and secure ways to grant access to premises.

Smart intercoms deliver value

IP intercoms continue to grow in popularity, due to the increased functionality they support. This is true for all segments of the market, from advanced enterprise level security systems to private residential properties. Integrating technology into IP intercoms ensures that organizations have the flexibility to incorporate the functions they need for their business, especially when it comes to remote access.

Contactless methods (for example, QR codes or Bluetooth) are becoming more popular due to concerns around health and hygiene. These also simplify operations by allowing the distribution of temporary access rights digitally, in contrast to manually handling physical keys or access cards, which can be time consuming and costly for security personnel.

Implementing intelligent video or audio analytics capabilities can further support security teams by detecting incidents and triggering actions. For example, if an unauthorized person enters a restricted area or loud voices (or even gun shots) are detected, the intercom can automatically alert security staff, start a video recording and play a deterring message.

When integrated with an access control system, a similar response can be triggered when someone has been denied access. This can be done directly from the intercom, provided it has a built-in camera. If additional identity verification is needed (for example, if an access card has been stolen and the individual is attempting to use it), then this can be done by visual inspection.

Improving efficiency and security for both residential and commercial premises

Security managers are tasked with monitoring multiple entrances to a premise and controlling entry, regardless of the type of property. This can be difficult to achieve manually, but IP intercoms allow security teams to manage visitors and maintain safety from a centralized location, which may even be off-premise.

For residential properties, IP intercoms can offer improved convenience through remote unlocking of doors for known visitors, such as couriers. Calls from visitors can be received on a dedicated answering unit in an apartment, on a tablet when sitting in the sofa or on your mobile device when at work, whatever is most convenient at the time.

It’s a similar scenario in professional environments, where it can also be integrated with the corporate phone system and answered on the normal reception phone, or even in the video management system on the screens in the security office.

Thinking beyond traditional applications

Outside of the more common door access role, organizations are becoming more aware of the benefits of IP intercoms. New cases are arising in a number of sectors, which require technology to support staff in remote monitoring and communication.

In the healthcare sector, patient monitoring can be challenging from both a staffing and personal safety point of view. This is especially true for busy medical facilities, where multiple patients may require intensive care by a reduced number of staff. IP intercoms can support medical professionals by allowing them to reliably monitor and communicate with more patients, using high-res imaging and bi-directional audio capabilities. In addition, this type of technology helps reduce patient contact, thereby mitigating exposure to infectious diseases and helping to conserve on personal protective equipment (PPE).

This remote approach is also seen in other sectors. For retailers, deliveries are always coming and going. Controlling building access can be time-consuming and inefficient for store staff, IP intercoms allow them to control access for visitors – especially delivery drivers needing to access loading bays – without interfering with or distracting from other tasks taking place during the working day.

In recent times, many organizations have changed their routines when it comes to working remotely or on-site. For schools, offices and industrial companies, keeping track of who is entering premises is more important than ever, when it comes to protecting assets and people, but also from a liability perspective. An intercom can allow organizations to handle and manage visitor access and can be an important tool for tracking activities and events should an incident occur.

Investing in IP intercom solutions yields rewards

As security and safety demands change, organizations are continuing to look for technology solutions which are intelligent and integrated. IP intercoms offer many functionalities, especially when incorporated with video surveillance, access control and audio capabilities. The flexibility that these systems offer allow organizations to use them in a way that suits their needs and specific use cases – even outside of traditional applications. Ultimately, implementing IP intercoms will help support different types of staff in a number of scenarios, allowing them to perform at a higher standard, while improving efficiencies.

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Smart city solutions

Improving livability in smart cities: How cameras and sensors add value

According to a study from the UN, over half of humanity – 56.2 per cent, 3.5bn people – currently lives in cities and this number is estimated to rise to 5bn people (60.4 per cent) by 2030. This growth in urban populations has driven the adoption of technology in the management of city infrastructure and systems, with governments investing billions in so-called smart cities. But adoption of technology cannot come at the cost of a city’s livability, an essential factor in attracting people to urban environments for both personal and professional reasons.

Now the key question is: What makes a smart city attractive to its (potential) citizens? It is helpful to look at peoples’ most basic needs as traditionally represented by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In this model, safety and security come right after physiological needs such as food, water and sleep. In today’s cities, there are several factors that can turn into a threat of health, security or even lives and the cities have to respond to them. Little preparation, risk mitigation and the lack of possibility to send out an advance notice can lead to a far greater number of human losses, injuries or damage of property.

If you can’t monitor it, you can’t improve it

While people are working on improving early warning systems and preventing catastrophes, in the future it could be possible to identify risks at an even earlier stage. Going beyond recognizing patterns and taking the appropriate actions to improve a situation, the development of data analytics in combination with the data collected by cameras and sensors could make it possible to identify “near misses”.

Network security cameras can be of help to achieve this goal. Many of these cameras are today used for security and safety purposes, with a single use-case. However, with a scalable network video system you can add this type of analytics to your current system, or easily complement with additional cameras or sensors to supplement your system.

By monitoring an area constantly, devices can detect potential safety or security black spots, such as a very narrow cycle lane, heavy traffic at a busy junction, or children crossing the road near school bus stops. With the cameras identifying near misses, city planners can create a pedestrian crossing, install traffic lights or divert the traffic where needed to decrease the risk of a casualty.

Analyzing data can be our window into the future that will help to make the world a bit more sustainable and safe. Thus, it’s essential to collect as much data as we can. And until we’re ready to develop solutions that can predict and prevent scenarios, there are other systems that can be improved.

Keep it safe, clean and dry

For a city to be livable it needs to be low in health risks. City smog is one such risk. It can lead to irritated eyes and throats, and damage to the heart and lungs. Pollution detectors can spot changes in air quality caused by traffic, industrial activities, or weather, making it easier to take countermeasures. As an example, video-based traffic management in city centers can not only be used to verify the cause of the pollution, but can also be a tool to predict deterioration of air quality due to increased traffic. Such data can enable operators to make informed decisions about diverting or stopping traffic where necessary. The longer these data have been collected, the easier it is to make future predictions and plan ahead.

Poor air quality  isn’t the only factor that can have detrimental effects on health. Noise pollution is the second most dangerous environmental threat of the modern day and can cause serious physical effects such as high blood pressure, gastritis and even heart attacks. A combination of acoustic sensors, AI analytics and video cameras can help to monitor the level and the source of noise, which can then be verified via the video footage. This level of detailed information can help operators to reduce loud sounds where necessary – for example, by optimizing traffic flow on noisy streets – and develop a strategy to tackle noise pollution in future.

Sensors play an equally critical role in the waste sector. There are still communities that don’t have a functioning waste management system. But piles of rubbish can turn quickly into a health threat (e.g. rats, bacteria, diseases etc.), while also constituting a fire risk (e.g. flammable substances, paper, unextinguished cigarette ends). To prevent these potential dangers, sensors on municipal dump sites and recycling depots can measure the fill-level and send a signal that arranges the pick-up; while cameras and visual analytics can avert fire spreading by detecting smoke in time. It’s worth noting that rubbish doesn’t contribute to the city’s aesthetics either when it comes to livability.

However, weather-based issues can pose a different type of threat to citizens’ security and safety, but they are harder to predict. That’s where environmental sensors can help. Early-warning systems allow operators to detect and respond to disasters in a timely manner; for example, a real-time measurement system might detect rain, and the data analytics and forecasting software can calculate if there is a risk of flooding. In this instance, with the help of IP cameras, it is easy to track if the water has crossed a certain mark, a critical evacuation need for cities close to rivers. Furthermore, the sensors can also measure the water quality to identify pollution. While a minor flood could seem harmless, contamination can turn it into a threat to health and nature.

The future is safe and livable

There are many ways to make a city smarter, more sustainable and safer, all of which positively impact livability. Economic benefits close the circle by creating cost-efficiencies through smart technologies to leave the city with resources to invest in improving services such as public transport, emergency services, and maintaining and improving public spaces, all of which combine to make a city a more desirable place to live.

Learn how Axis cameras can be used within the smart city concept.

Smart city solutions

Intelligent Smart Home systems for the building owners of tomorrow, networked by specialist partners

Are you looking to enter the Smart Home market and are you seeking up-to-date solutions that can be easily adapted to your customers’ individual requirements? Gira Smart Home products can fulfil these requirements. Smart home networking offers the electrical trade the opportunity to make its customers’ households fit for the future, while at the same time opening up new customer potential.

Gira Smart Home boasts the following features:

Can be personalised

Can be extended at a later date

Available as a wireless system or as a cable-connected KNX solution

Solutions available for new and old buildings

Professional system integrators offer installation support

Gira Smart Home will increase your sales. Reap the benefits of this future-proof system and successfully enter a lucrative growth market.

The future is smart: Intelligent Smart Home systems from Gira are revolutionising building technology

With Gira Smart Home products the desire for a networked home can be easily fulfilled. Whether your customers are planning a new build or living in an old building: Both wired and wireless solutions can be used to combine lighting, heating, blinds and audio control in a single system in almost any property. Two options are available for networking rooms:

The Gira eNet SMART HOME system

A stable, reliable and secure wireless system for existing and new buildings

Blinds, lighting, heating and timers can be individually configured, together with if-then rules

Future-proof wireless system based on manufacturer-independent industry standard

The Gira KNX system

Enables networking in accordance with the KNX standard for building automation

Flexible extension and an almost endless range of programming possibilities

Integrates, among other things, blinds, lighting, heating, door intercoms, cameras, alarm and audio systems and systems for sanitary, kitchen and entertainment areas

Watch our webinar on public safety agency grant funding for mobility projects

Grant funding for public safety mobility projects is widespread and readily available—from the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, State public safety agencies and others. But sometimes developing a project that can win funding can pose a challenge to law enforcement agency leaders, particularly if they don’t have a great deal of experience with competitive grants.
This webinar, presented by the Grants Office, provides a review of the strategies and tools that can help you confidently develop grant applications for your next mobility project.
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  • How to effectively articulate your grant applications
  • Upcoming mobility-friendly grant programs that you can apply for
  • The latest mobile technology that can keep officers safe and better equipped