Safer and more attractive streets-Supporting the evolution of cities with ICT

Realization of Smart City solutions

With support for planning, design, and implementation of Smart City solutions in major cities around the world, NEC is contributing development of safe, secure, and attractive cities.

When "Smart City" was proposed as a new concept for urban development, it was considered by people primarily as environmentally-friendly urban planning that leverages information and communications technologies (ICT) to conserve resources. However, in recent years, as people continue to concentrate in cities around the world, Smart City solutions have broadened to include the intelligent use of ICT to prevent crimes and control traffic.

Seeking to realize sustained economic development while protecting the environment and ensuring people's safety and security-this is the goal of the Smart City projects that are being carried out worldwide. NEC is contributing to attractive urban development that brings about safe and comfortable lives for urban residents around the world by leveraging ICT assets such as the Internet of Things (IoT), image analysis, and cloud computing technologies.


As populations concentrate in cities, traffic control and public order become even more important

Rapid urbanization is taking place on a global scale. As a result, traffic congestion, environmental pollution, and public disorder are becoming even more serious issues. The growth of organized crime such as terrorism is also a cause for grave concern.

In response, many countries around the world have launched Smart City projects with achievement targets based on these issues. Specifically, what is being sought is urban development that not only reduces the environmental impact on the entire city by using resources wisely, but also creates new social infrastructure that leads to crime prevention and reduction of traffic accidents. This is urban development that ensures the safety and security of residents, improves their quality of life, and makes sustained economic development possible.

In this way, the concept of Smart City solutions is expanding from "smart energy" to "smart mobility" and "smart governance," and furthermore, to "smart security." What is demanded of ICT vendors is the provision of solutions that address the substantive issues faced by administrative agencies in each country.

NEC is the partner selected by three cities in Oceania, South America, and South Asia

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, is seeking to become a safe and smart city fit for future generations with its "Wellington 2040" strategy, which makes use of cutting-edge technologies. One of the initiatives of "Wellington 2040" is the launch of a project to use ICT to comprehend the flow of vehicles in the city and understand their types. The purpose is to gather and analyze massive data sets of vehicle travel and reflect the results in urban development and road maintenance plans.
This project is using diverse sensing technologies and advanced analytic technologies to alleviate congestion and provide rapid response during emergencies such as car accidents, as well as provide efficient route navigation by accurately predicting traffic volume. The city government is expecting this project to provide a wide range of benefits, including appropriate road maintenance and effective securing of road space during urban development.

Cities like Tigre in Argentina and Surat in India are seeking to create safe and secure communities by establishing departments within the police force that are dedicated to improving public safety by using advanced ICT. In Tigre, the system the police are using is an urban surveillance system based on NEC's Face Recognition technology. This system can quickly search for criminal suspects and missing persons by matching in real time massive amounts of image information taken by numerous cameras installed in the city with a database of registered face photos.

The same system also employs cutting-edge functions to assist the police in maintaining order. These functions include "detection of two riders on a motorcycle," often associated with purse-snatching incidents, and "detection of riding without a helmet" for the purpose of providing safety guidance. Other technologies used are Number Plate Recognition and Behavioral Analysis to quickly identify suspicious vehicles and Crime Map Generation, which displays locations of past crimes.

By using these functions, the cities of Tigre and Surat can quickly comprehend potential dangers and trouble spots and address them to prevent crime. In Tigre, marked improvements have resulted, with car thefts reduced by about 40 percent.

Continuing to contribute to the realization of an administrative infrastructure for a new era as a partner using advanced technologies

In recent years, competition among international cities to attract tourists and businesses has become fierce. In short, cities around the world are pressed by the need to maintain even safer and more secure infrastructure for not just their citizens, but also tourists and business travelers. It is also essential that cities improve their overall level of attractiveness by making the maximal use of their limited budgets.

As an ICT vendor possessing advanced technologies in all areas of computing, networking, and security, NEC will continue to contribute to the realization of city and government infrastructures fit for future generations from the twin standpoints of providing safety and security and providing efficient services. NEC seeks to continue to be the partner of choice for customers around the world in the use of advanced technologies that support the realization of Smart City solutions.

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