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Brookings Institution releases report ranking global cities on public safety innovation at Huawei Asia Pacific Innovation Day 2017

2017-11-09
Kuala Lumpur, November 09, 2017 – Brookings Institution has released a new report ranking global cities in terms of their public safety innovations at Huawei Asia Pacific Innovation Day 2017.  The report examines the ways digital technology, mobile networks, and integrated solutions help authorities in 17 global cities manage public safety and law enforcement. 


Around the world, digital technologies are being used to improve public safety. They promote stronger ties between law enforcement and the community by integrating solutions such as video, data, and analytics into creating effective solutions, and offering authorities stronger tools for outreach and on-ground coordination. 

The report reveals that there are considerable variations in safe city innovation from city-to-city, based on implementation progress and adoption of best practices. Singapore, Copenhagen, London are some of the cities that top the list, while cities such as Kuwait City, Cairo and Abuja are lagging behind their counterparts. The former are cities that have clear public safety agendas with substantial financial resources, and solid infrastructure to which they are able to generate positive security outcomes.

Based on the report’s findings, Huawei, a leading ICT solutions provider will continue to reinforce its mission to drive public safety innovation through key technologies and initiatives. Amy Lin, Senior Vice President of Huawei shared, “It is our hope that today’s report will strongly urge governments and local city authorities to invest in public safety especially in a time of digital prosperity. We will continue to partner and work with the relevant authorities to identify opportunities and strengthened solutions related to public safety and smart city project across the world.” 


According to Darrell West, Vice President of Brookings Institute, “Cities face barriers such as poor funding, infrastructure difficulties, public resistance, a lack of technical expertise, privacy and security concerns—but it is crucial for leaders to overcome these obstacles. In the report, we have identified many opportunities for cities to build their economies and promote social inclusion through public safety innovation. We have included a list of recommendations that will enable cities to reap the benefits of digital technology to improve the living standards of their citizens.” 

Lin added, “Huawei has always been committed to investing in research and development, and committed to digital exploration and innovation. As a partner, we are ready to provide tailor-made solutions according to customer needs, such as urban characteristics and social habits. Huawei is willing to help the city to become more secure, so that people can live happier through its products and solutions.” 

The Brookings Institution is a non-profit organization devoted to independent research and policy solutions. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research that will help provide innovative, practical recommendations for policymakers and the public.

Over the past 20 years, Huawei has been in a relentless pursuit of technological innovation to enrich people's lives through better communication.