With the help of IoT, Huawei is making a contribution towards safer cities, as indicated by their IoT deployments in Longgang District in China. Focusing on improving the public safety, Huawei wants to do so by employing data collection, applications, convergence, and aggregation.
Augustine Chiew, public safety expert at Huawei, pointed out that Longgang has one of the leanest police forces in the world. Many of the officers are, in fact, volunteers, and they are patrolling the streets unarmed. In order to make the city a safer place, Huawei has deployed over 7,000 HD cameras and connected them to 34,000 legacy cameras installed in various places like petrol stations, shopping malls, and communities.
These cameras are special in the sense that they incorporate facial recognition technology and that they can also recognise license plates. According to Chiew, these devices capture 14.6 million faces and record 140,000 license plate numbers every single day.
The officers have also been equipped with smartphones that enable identity checks, vehicle identification, camera feed access, updating reports, and more. Chiew mentioned that with the help of cloud computing technology, they were able to achieve big data, manpower, and hardware optimisation.
The project has had some amazing results: in the first half of 2017, theft and robbery in Longgang district has decreased by 52.2%, and case solvency grew by 45.1% in comparison to the previous year.
This is a prime example of how technology can be used to make the world a better place. Will the other big cities follow Longgang’s example?