LIFE SAVING, COST SAVING
Apart from potentially saving more lives and catching more criminals, there are also numerous economic benefits involved in adopting advanced technologies. “There’s been a lot of research done in the area of the value of public safety,” explained Tom Quirke, vice president of TETRA Global Organisation, Motorola Solutions. “Research shows that for every dollar invested in public safety, there are five dollars of economic return.” He points out that for every murder, the population of a city goes down by 70. “So there’s a strong correlation between the impact of public safety and prosperous communities,” Quirke adds.
In SA, which is among the homicide capitals of the world and also has the highest incidence of rape, we are reminded of the economic impact of a dismal publicsafety system every day. Sadly, we lack the infrastructure (such as available spectrum for dedicated LTE/4G public safety broadband networks) and coordination to make proper use of many of the technologies on show in Paris. We can, however, invest in some of the more basic solutions (such as high speed radio networks) that will act as bridging technologies to what some of the more advanced first responders are adopting around the globe. Ultimately, if we are to have world-class cities, we need to have world-class technology.