DHS-Led Pilot Program Seeks to Improve Public Safety With Smart City Tech

Jeff Brody

The Department of Homeland Security's science and technology directorate has partnered with the Open Geospatial Consortium to integrate smart city technology into public safety missions across the city of St. Louis. DHS said Wednesday that the partnership will study, design and assess the potential of Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture to support integration of connected sensors for community safety initiatives.

The department intends for the pilot to demonstrate how real-world technology platforms can support urban operations and emergency response missions. Tests will evaluate the performance of internet-of-things equipment in various scenarios such as flooding, building fire and vulnerable population outreach.

“Community level application of existing technologies is essential for a 21st century city to adequately deliver services to its residents and provide for their public safety, as well as enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of all city services," said St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.

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