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Public Safety
Public Safety
Team Members Washington DC
New York City NY
Austin TX
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
George Mason University
New Urban Informatics
Blueprint Public Safety

This set of 31 projects is managed by the Public Safety team and is a public-private partnership dedicated to identifying technologies, processes and strategies from among GCTC members to enhance public safety and resilience within smart connected communities, and improve the preparedness, response and recovery of modern society from the complex challenges, hazards and risks that threaten local and regional stability.

The broad goal of the PSSC is to develop, integrate and pilot technology applications and test new operating procedures and employment methods in collaboration with first responders, public safety officials, and government agencies, to improve situational awareness before, during, and after an incident or civil emergency in order to protect human life, maintain community functions and infrastructure, and ensure public safety. Moreover, the PSSC aims to improve policies and procedures for integration of advanced communications methods and decision systems to enhance interagency planning and coordination of resources within smart and connected communities. The PSSC focuses specific attention on the integration of current and future Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to build resilience and sustainability into the technology ecosystem that comprises smart, connected communities. The PSSC was launched in 2016 by GCTC member communities engaged in developing public-safety focused technologies, and is currently open to membership by all communities, private sector enterprises, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies (at all levels), who share an interest in addressing current and future challenges in public safety, disaster preparedness, and community resilience through the development and integration of advanced technologies.


  • Brenda_Bannan
    Professor at George Mason University
    Fairfax, VA United States


Chattanooga.jpg A Smart Crime-Curbing System
Build a connected, real-time system to help curb crimes in urban areas, integrate real-time response with predictive policing, and standardize procedures for emergency response. Involve city, police, public safety officials, application developers, electrical power board, enterprise center, company lab, and citizens.
RohnertPark.jpg Advanced Flood Warning and Environmental Awareness
AFWEAR is a real-time network of environmental sensors, including rain and precipitation sensors that will be located throughout the city of Rohnert Park, a city at the base of Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma County, CA, located 50 miles north of San Francisco with population of 40,000. The purpose of the system will be the following:
  • Improve flood response time and efficiency throughout the city.
  • Link rainfall observations in the upper watershed (on the hill) and coasts to predictions of stream flow in the city.
  • Provide ability to incorporate various environmental sensors, watershed models (assessment tools to plan and manage watersheds), and user-friendly communication tools into the network to allow for rapid understanding and collaboration between scientists, citizens, and city planners as necessary in response to environmental “events”.
Resililence-hub-diagram.png Baltimore Community Resilience Hub
Baltimore is highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including coastal storms, flooding, extreme heat, and high winds. These types of extreme events are likely to increase in frequency and magnitude over the coming years. These natural hazards, combined with exacerbated influences of climate change, create impacts that will affect the City’s residents, businesses, infrastructure, and natural systems, and threaten regionally significant assets.
ArtificalIntelligenceforEmergencyHeader.png Clarity Amidst Chaos – How AI is Enhancing Emergency Preparedness
SF Bay area Emergency Managers and One Concern have joined together to provide the power of AI to California emergency responders.

‘Seismic Concern’ uses artificial intelligence and state of art earthquake engineering research to provide emergency managers with damage maps and statistics in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake, enhancing situational awareness required for rescue and relief efforts. Moreover, through the ‘Seismic Concern Training Module’, emergency operations centers will be able to design and train on realistic scenarios based on actual simulations to get a real sense of the situation. One Concern will demonstrate their capability to predict the extent of damage to personal residences, commercial and government building as well as other critical infrastructure in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area Region, as well as the capability of the training/simulation module to aid resiliency and mitigation efforts. SF DEM will demonstrate how One Concern’s technology will enhance immediate response and recovery efforts and will use their simulations to quantify mitigation efforts and develop accurate scenarios for emergency responders.

Urban Blight.jpg Combating Urban Blight in the New York Capital Region and Mohawk Valley
Urban blight is a city and regional level problem that impacts social and economic opportunities, among others, of those who live and work in cities. This project is focused on piloting a shared policy, management, and technology infrastructure that will allow four cities within the NYS capital region to share information about properties in a way that enables new insights into and action focused on urban blight. With funding from the NYS Department of State, the Cities of Schenectady, Troy, Amsterdam, and Gloversville have partnered with the Center for Technology in Government (CTG), University at Albany, to develop the technical, policy, and organizational capabilities needed within and across the cities to interrupt the cycle of blight in their communities. The results of the pilot will be made available for application regionally and statewide. Future work will include integrating additional data types (e.g. video) and sources (e.g. sensor technologies).
Taichung-city.jpg Community Traffic Guidance and Control System for Natural Disaster Emergency Response
Integrate city-wide traffic monitoring systems, identify disaster area and automate the traffic control over the zone. Research and develop alternative routes for emergency responders, public safety officials and citizens. Provide real time information on traffic to citizens and city decision makers.
DentonMobile.jpeg Deployable Communications and Incident Command System for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery
The integrated system will facilitate communications and information sharing during disaster recovery. It can be deployed in area where communications do not exist or failed due to disasters. The system will include (1) A Deployable Communication System, (2) Onboard Sensors (3) Next Generation Incident Command System and (4) Web Services
HAASAlert.jpg First Responders on the Grid
Leverage a platform that allows for alerting drivers when first responders are in route nearby. The platform will use existing mobile networks within the city to send the alerts to drivers on their phones and in-dash through our partnerships with automotive companies. The project will assist in moving drivers out of the way of first responders which will ultimately reduce response times, reduce the number of vehicles driving towards an active scene, and look at learnings from analytics and metrics for how long first responders were in lights and sirens mode.
Police officer walking towards ambulance vehicles.jpg GEO Fencing Predictive Policing solutions to reduce response times for first responders
Designed to reduce domestic violent and recidivism crimes and provide evidence for courts using GEO fencing technology with our patented Predictive Policing Network with an intelligent tiered alerting system and hardware tracking devices with sensors implemented with fail safes in order to provide simultaneous alerts to victims, police and dispatch centers for a means to intervene with a crime and document substantial evidence to enforce orders. After testing the prototype we believe the tool can become a solution for various first responder needs to improve the safety and quality of life for our communities.
TRXSystems.png Indoor GPS-denied First Responder Location and Tracking Solutions
First Responder personnel often work indoors, underground, and in other areas without accurate GPS. Determining the location of public safety personnel working in areas without a clear view of the sky, and therefore without access to reliable GPS, and providing mechanisms to create, access and share map (building and asset) data, is the focus of this project. The objectives are to accelerate availability of improved location accuracy, comprehensive map data sources and tools, and 3D visualization to meet an array of first responder use cases.
Nashville Emergency Responders.jpg Integrated Analytics and Scheduling of Emergency Responders Under Uncertainty
This project will use historical data to create models for various safety and emergency incidents across metropolitan Nashville, establish causes, and use this information to identify appropriate equipment requirements in different situations. This analysis will be combined with historical traffic and delay information to ensure the emergency vehicles are distributed at optimal locations and proactively maintained. During an incident a real-time decision support system will guide vehicle dispatch.
TahoeControlCenter.jpg Lake Tahoe Basin End Warning System and Bi-state Next Gen 911 Dispatch and Traffic Management Center
The Lake Tahoe Basin End Warning Systems, will provide a cross-jurisdictional system that emergency managers will use to improve performance, while providing predictive insights and more connectivity between first responders, traffic and transit operations, and the public. The system will integrate Smart Street lights, SaS, and publicly available datasets to provide a better understanding of visitors in the Lake Tahoe Basin including travel movements and duration of stay, emergency roadway issues including closures or hazards caused by landslides, fires, toxic spills, avalanches, tree falls, and power outages. These criteria will be considered for real-time detection and notification systems and reduction in secondary incidents.

First responders and transportation agencies of the Lake Tahoe and Truckee region would also like to develop a Bi-State preliminary exploratory study of a consolidated command center for dispatch services of fire and emergency services with an integrated traffic management center that is consistent with the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Power-grid standard.jpg Microgrids Sustainable resilient mobile power for disasters
Deploy mobile, rechargeable power units throughout city departments to intelligently manage and measure energy usage. This can result in reduced energy costs through time shifting consumption from daytime to nighttime and peak shaving to lower demand charges. The mobile chargers would be remotely monitored and available to be deployed in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe.
  • FreeWire Technologies will demonstrate their capability to deploy and remotely monitor mobile chargers, while also delivering and quantifying energy savings.
  • San Francisco Department of Emergency Management will demonstrate how mobile charging units will enhance response and recovery efforts in the wake of a catastrophe.
FlashFloodTexas.jpg Next Generation Resilient Warning Systems for Tornados and Flash Floods
  • Next Gen communications/networking for delivery of hyper-local, user driven, context aware severe weather warnings.
  • Mobile phones and hyper-local data enable customization to improve response and outcomes
  • Development of communication, networking and warning concepts benefits from live experimentation and user co-creation
  • CASA has established a Living Lab for Severe Weather Warning with an end-to-end warning infrastructure from radars to the public.
  • Cities are facing greater vulnerability due to increasing population concentration and frequency/severity of storms
PointCloudCity.jpg Point Cloud City - Hancock County Mississippi
Develop approaches which improve indoor mapping techniques and datasets in the US to make them more common and available for use nationwide.
3D Point Cloud.jpg Point Cloud MAP901 Building Rich Interior Hazard Maps for First Responders
Build a catalog of 3D maps with clear identification of safety-related objects to help first responders navigate safely and quickly during emergency/crisis.
CIMA Research Foundation.jpeg Real Time Resilience
  • Improve the process of collecting environmental data from sensors coupled with existing geo-referential data about critical infrastructures and exposed people.
  • Improve analysis, management and use of relevant data and practical information (Priority 1-a - Sendai Framework for DRR - UNISDR).
  • Develop and test new tools to improve citizens safety and security based on early warning systems, and high resolution nowcasting and short-term reactions to emergencies.
  • Improve the knowledge of the territory and of the resilience capability of critical infrastructures .
Tanner Springs Park.jpg Resilience HUB - East Multnomah
Resilience Hubs are community-serving facilities augmented to support residents and coordinate resource distribution and services before, during, or after a natural hazard event. They leverage established, trusted, and community-managed facilities that are used year-round as neighborhood centers for community-building activities. Resilience Hubs can equitably enhance community resilience while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving local quality of life for our communities. They have the potential to reduce burden on local emergency response teams, improve access to public health initiatives, increase the effectiveness of community-centered institutions and programs.
Resiliance Hubs.jpg Resilience HUB - NIST Guide
Natural, technological, and human-caused hazards take a high toll on communities, but the costs in lives, livelihoods and quality of life can be reduced by better managing disaster risks. Planning and implementing prioritized measures can strengthen resilience and improve a community's abilities to continue or restore vital services in a more timely way, and to build back better after damaging events. That makes them better prepared for future events and more attractive to businesses and residents alike.
Resiliance Hubs Hawaii.jpg Resilience HUB - Vibrant Hawaii
A goal of the Resilience Hub initiative is to build individual capacity and community networks to be resilient and ready for anything. To get there, Vibrant Hawai'i hosted a Resilience Leadership Academy (RLA) - a monthly development program with curated content by local experts.
HAAS.jpg Responder to Vehicle Communication for Public Safety - HAAS Alert
Leverage a platform that allows for alerting drivers when first responders are in route nearby. The platform will use existing mobile networks within the city to send the alerts to drivers on their phones and in-dash through our partnerships with automotive companies. The project will assist in moving drivers out of the way of first responders which will ultimately reduce response times, reduce the number of vehicles driving towards an active scene, and look at learnings from analytics and metrics for how long first responders were in lights and sirens mode.
SMART Emergency Medical.jpg SMART Emergency Medical and First Response Multiteam Systems
SMART Emergency Medical Teams will help inter-disciplinary teams improve transition-of-care quality, promote situational awareness, and enhance the efficacy of simulation debriefing.
  • Simulation-based Team Training in medical contexts
  • Patient hand-off or transitions between sub-teams
  • Interaction among interdisciplinary roles/team
  • Wearable sensors
  • Enhanced debrief –visualization/display/feedback
  • Collaborative reflection, situation awareness and experiential learning
SCALE.jpg Safe Community Awareness and Alerting Network (SCALE)
* Connect homes to detect emergency events and alert residents via phone or app, and initiate contacting first responders
  • Demonstrate how to extend a connected safe home to everyone at a low-incremental cost
  • Focus on seniors, their care givers, and property managers
Tarrant.jpeg Smart Emergency Response System - SERS
The success of emergency response operations critically relies on the efficiency of emergency communication infrastructure. This project aims to mature and test the drone-carried on-demand broadband communication infrastructure for emergency use and quantify its benefit compared with existing on-demand emergency communication technologies.
IFS.jpg Smart Wide Area Protection and Security for All from Concorde Security
Concorde provides Wide Area Protection for a Cluster of buildings from a mobile surveillance vehicle (called I-Man Facility Sprinter or “IFS”) manned by a 2-3 man specialist team.
  • Deploy security infrastructure comprising cameras, sensors and wireless connectivity in a mesh network architecture connected to the IFS vehicle
  • Cameras and sensors provide the real time surveillance and trigger alerts to IFS which will be able to immediately respond to the situation
  • Multiple IFS from neighboring clusters will provide the redundancy and support to any surge in demand in any particular cluster
  • Several IFS can cover a large urban center to provide the immediate real-time security coverage and immediate response to any public safety and security incident(s)
Montgomery.png Smartphone-based technology that connects agencies with private contractors during snow emergencies
Based on an Uber-like concept, this technology connects local governments and private contractors to help fight snow storm emergencies on short notice. Throughout the process, agencies maintain full command and control capabilities, and reporting transparency for contractors.
Stormsense-logo.png StormSense
  • Apply modeling to address multiple-flood types to determine the probable areas at risk by utilizing fixed sensors, crowd-sourced data collection verified by post-flood analysis.
  • Use new state-of-the-art high resolution hydrodynamic models driven with atmospheric model weather predictions to forecast flooding from storm surge, rain, and tides at the street-level scale to improve disaster preparedness.
New Taipei City.jpg Tech-secure City
“Smart police” take advantage of ICT development which can ensure citizen’s high quality of life, improve effective and accurate services, reduce police’s burden and increase citizens’ satisfaction. That’s the reason we utilize ICT and innovative strategies to deploy and construct a safe city.
Smart City Las Vegas.jpg The NTT Smart Cities Solution for the City of Las Vegas
NTT Smart Cities Solution leverages IoT edge analytics for public safety. High definition video cameras, sound and motion sensors, and an array of IoT devices are integrated and deployed to monitor a location or venue to create a multi-channel solution. The solution, in turn, provides situational awareness, warnings and alerts to city agencies and venue security teams of incidents as they develop.

The system proactively provides early notification of potential and active public safety incidents to command and control authorities. If the city deems it appropriate they then notify the appropriate first responders. By leveraging advanced analytics including machine learning technologies, the system “learns” normal patterns and detects patterns that appear abnormal. The initial use cases are limited to specific types of incidents that can be detected through video and sound sensor analytics running on edge compute devices as well as social media monitoring. As the system evolves, we expect to expand detection capabilities to detect and alert to a wider variety of incident types.

Our current solution includes technology for “lost person” identification and “vehicle identification”, to assist should an Amber Alert be issued. It also includes wrong way vehicle detection. Future plans could also include facial recognition modules or other advanced detection components and may also include more automated incident response component for greater awareness of the developing situation.

Washoe.jpg Unraveling the Intersection of Incarceration Homelessness and Mental Health
Perform analytics to understand the profiles of people who are high utilizers of emergency and social services and are incarcerated regularly. Data sources will be added over time to create a system that will allow workers at hospitals, jails, social services, or EMS to better understand the history and needs of the person with whom they are working in order to provide community support services necessary to break the cycle of incarceration and homelessness.
IRISroom2.jpg Video Analytics for Orlando Public Safety
The project will create connected, city-wide mobile resources and systems to help improve the responses to a variety of challenges within the City of Orlando. Orlando is central city of 275,000 people, in an urban area of 2.4 million citizens, but with 68+ million visitors per year and the largest rental car market in the world. Thus, Orlando has some unique challenges with public safety and traffic. This project will meet the needs of several city departments and external agencies by ensuring cross-cutting and robust situational awareness for a variety of scenarios. It will allow for optimized deployments and expedited responses from police, fire fighters, emergency medical services, public works staff, transportation staff, special event managers, and external agencies which are obligated to provide mutual aid.