LIFE SAV­ING, COST SAV­ING

Finweek English Edition - - INSIGHT: LOCAL - Jessica Hub­bard

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.

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