Though some aspects of digital transformation—such as an expanded attack surface due to the proliferation of devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT)—can introduce new risks to current public safety issues, digital transformation also provides new solutions to some common problems.
More digitization means more data—which means that safety officials can make better decisions about where they need to improve public safety. IoT devices collect and generate huge volumes of data; artificial intelligence and machine learning, powered by 5G, can analyze that data to unearth insights that support strategic public safety decisions.
Edge computing solutions, also made more viable by 5G's capabilities, can transform public safety by moving critical communications—whether between first responders or between officials and constituents—closer to the people who need them.
A data-centric approach to public safety can help overcome traditional public safety challenges by helping municipalities predict and prevent issues. And the rapidly expanding public cloud stores backup data and helps subvert attacks.
In theory, these solutions solve critical challenges. But how can you ensure they work in practice?