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Monday, 06 July 2015 14:40

Collaboration on public safety tools to fight crime, terrorism Featured

Collaboration on public safety tools to fight crime, terrorism Image courtesy of Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net/images

Systems integrator and IT services company Ajilon, crisis communications company AtHoc and integrated multi-sensor analytics provider iOmniscent have come together with Microsoft to develop solutions designed to reduce crime, decrease costs and improve operational effectiveness for Australian cities.

Supported by Microsoft, the companies say they are undertaking a unified mission in a “determined bid” to increase the safety of our cities and tackle the escalating threats of crime and terrorism in Australia.

They are developing what they say is a “unique public safety offering” for the law enforcement, justice, defence and local government sectors.

With recently signed Memorandum of Understandings, Ajilon, AtHoc and iOmniscent will exhibit together for the first time at the 2015 Asia Pacific Ciies Summit which started in Brisbane yesterday (5 July) and will continue until 8 July.   

Nichole Whyte, Microsoft Australia’s Public Safety & National Security Industry Market Development Manager said: “We were delighted to introduce these three leading companies to each other with the unified mission of making Australian cities safer by improving public safety with their innovative solutions to reduce crime, decrease costs and improve operational effectiveness for our cities.  

“Combining iOmniscient and AtHoc’s proven solutions with Ajilon’s domain knowledge, expertise and agile delivery capability, provides a unique partnership to proactively address some of the everyday challenges faced by law enforcement and emergency responders in the Australian market to increase the safety of our citizens.”

Ajilon managing director Ger Doyle, said the company’s experience in developing systems that “link multiple law enforcement and justice agencies to enhance their real-time communications and information sharing has shown us that utilising technology has a real and significant impact on the ability of frontline officers and first responders to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.

“By placing more ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ on the streets and better informing the public in times of crisis we will have the ability to greatly increase the effectiveness of our defence, law enforcement, justice and local government safety initiatives.”

Dr. Rustom Kanga, CEO, iOmniscient said “We are an Australian company and have installed our systems in over 40 countries.

“The integrated multi-sensor analytics (video, sound and smell) combined with our Automated Response capabilities has already helped major cities around the world become safer and more efficient. There are an incredible array of uses for the technology from optimising traffic systems to detecting unsafe or suspicious behaviours in crowds; from recognising criminals to keeping the city clean and graffiti free.”

The collaboration will see Ajilon work with AtHoc to introduce the AtHoc Crisis Communication Suite for Smart Cities to Australia.

AtHoc’s technology is already protecting citizens in California’s Contra Costa County, facilitating communication between local residents, industrial facilities and government agencies.

The AtHoc system simplifies crisis communications by delivering targeted alerts through a wide variety of channels including mobile and text notifications, email alerts, sirens and more, allowing the county to rapidly notify affected residents in an emergency.

"Our extensive work with Microsoft in the US and Canada led us to exploring new market opportunities with solid local partners.” said Adrian Szwarcburg, AtHoc’s Director of Alliances and Channel Sales.  

“We are looking forward to extending our capabilities into the Australian market with Ajilon who share our mission to increase the security and safety of connected communities.”

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