Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for Smart Cities. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising public safety solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Public Safety Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 426 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Fotokite Sigma – Firefighting Using Aerial Systems
While security and surveillance are at the forefront for organizations and nations worldwide, there has been a dramatic increase in the demand for aerial data gathering tools, such as drones. They are helping firefighters to understand where the fire is coming from, how it’s spreading and where it might go next. Swiss company Fotokite Sigma creates a vehicle-integrated aerial camera system that provides data and signal coverage to firefighters on-demand. A thermal camera with a resolution of 320 x 256/30fps gives them enough range to detect and locate hot points and areas to focus on during the firefight. Fotokite’s Kite station is being used in urban environments, providing aerial views where a helicopter can’t go, for example between buildings.
Zeteky – Real-Time Crime Reports
By using dedicated platforms and apps, nowadays, communities can contribute to crime investigations by providing authorities with information about recent crime activity in their neighborhood. Also, by using crime mapping, modern society becomes much more aware of places in which accidents are more likely to happen. The US-based startup Zeteky develops a reporting system which allows users to send important information, like crime incident reporting, to government officials and law enforcement agencies to improve public safety in communities. US-State governments also use Zeteky’s system to coordinate all of their first responders state-wide to maximize efficiency and accelerate their response time to potentially dangerous events.
Flare – Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS)
An Integrated Emergency Management System works as a framework for effective emergency management that integrates partnerships on local, state, and federal level. IEMS facilitates the collaboration of government agencies, the private sector, and media. This allows emergency organizations to act more efficiently and make better critical decisions based on data that was shared within the system. Kenyan startup Flare creates software that improves infrastructure and operational support for emergency response teams, both government and private. One of the company’s solutions allows coordinating medical transport based on multiple variables such as personnel training, traffic that increases response times and effective first aid.
Tvilight – Smart Street Lighting
Advanced street lights are equipped with environmental sensors that detect hazards like rising water levels, strong winds, high temperatures, and lethal gas. Based on relevant data that is collected from sensors, emergency response teams are increasing situational awareness that allows them to make better decisions in emergency situations. The Netherland-based startup Tvilight implements sensors that are alerting authorities/local citizens about unnaturally high levels of smoke or other contaminants in the air. Timely warnings are making it easier to save people’s lives in man-made environmental disasters like gas leaks and explosions.
BriefCam – Video Analytics For Law Enforcement
With the expanded use of video surveillance cameras throughout the world, there is a lot of available crime scene video/photo evidence that contains images of suspects. Most law enforcement agencies – large or small – turn to video surveillance footage as the first line of investigation to look for suspects. In European countries, such as the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, France, and Italy the public sector has to be informed about video surveillance via signs. The US-based company BriefCam develops a face recognition software which pinpoints people of interest using digital images extracted from video or from external sources. It thereby allows governments or private enforcement agencies to increase investigation productivity. Also, by presenting objects that have appeared at different times within the video simultaneously, BriefCam enables the review of hours of video in minutes.
What About The Other 421 Public Safety Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 426 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.