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Smart Connected Communities Enhance to have a Safer Place to Live

When George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four in the 1940s, little did he know the quote, “Big Brother is watching you” would resonate the idea of smart connected communities.

Although somewhat controversial, video surveillance and digital tracking have proved useful in protecting communities, ensuring public safety, and lowering crime rates.

Bold business looks at what digital transformation can do for public safety in an ever-evolving 21st century.

There’s no doubt that cities are expanding at rapid rates, technology is advancing daily, and threats are becoming increasingly more evident.

Social, political, and economic influences have all helped shape the landscape in which we live, and the requirements necessary for protecting citizens has changed accordingly.

Infrastructure developments and smart connected communities are highlighting the need for discovering new bold ideas for our rapidly urbanizing planet.

According to Cisco Systems, protecting a city is a fundamental part of protecting the people, but is also a significant political capital when running for office.

Keeping communities safe not only protects the city but also boasts “trade, investment, commerce, and talent, which are all vital to the quality of life” and “maintaining sustainability and growth success.”

However, implementing a digital transformation is not an easy task. There are many factors to consider, from different agencies and departments to external stakeholders, businesses, and most importantly, cost.

Governments are shouting out for a cost-effective and comprehensive approach to public safety solutions, which are evident, secure, and manageable.

Cisco Systems recently announced the launch of their Smart+Connected platform which is a “unifying, cloud-based tool that provides a centralized mechanism for addressing the need to manage streams of data in a reliable, secure and effective way.”

This platform supports and allows cities to be a smart connected community to “capture, analyze and share data across various organizations – with residents, tourists and businesses.”

Based on Cisco systems, integrating smart video surveillance “enables automated alerting and connects agencies for faster and more effective emergency response.”

Smart video surveillance can reduce crime, allows for optimizing resources, and enables officials to plan for threats or disasters.

Smart connected communities can lead to ground-breaking solutions for ensuring public safety and a better society for all.

Acting Now To Prevent The World Falling Into A “Post-Antibiotic Era”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken the bold step of making a global call to action to highlight the importance of maintaining the effectiveness of antibiotics.

According to health experts, the situation has become so grave that, not just in developing nations but also in developed countries, if bold action isn’t taken soon the world will fall into a “post-antibiotic era”.

WHO has called upon people from all nations to “increase awareness on antibiotic resistance” as well as to “encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy-makers” to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

Here, looks at the bold and positive impact this campaign will have once the dangers to our health are highlighted globally.

“Antibiotics: Handle with Care” stresses how important it is to acknowledge that antibiotics are life-savers and should be protected and preserved at all costs. They should be used to treat bacterial infections “only when prescribed by a certified human or animal health professional” and “they should never be shared or saved for future use”.

The campaign goes on to stress that “common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill” and “without effective antibiotics, a growing list of infections is becoming harder to treat. This includes pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning and gonorrhea”.

According to WHO, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today and endangers the development of the medical profession.

Using medicines properly and in the way prescribed, is the most obvious way to ensure any health threats are minimized. Additional steps can also be taken, such as “washing hands, handling food in a safe and clean manner, avoiding close contact with sick people, practicing safer sex and keeping vaccinations up to date”.

The same ethic can also be applied to animals because access to effective antibiotics is essential “to protecting animal health, as well as to improve animal welfare, treat sick animals, food security and food safety”.

Although the emergence of immune system resistance to certain types of antibiotics hasn’t really been addressed in this campaign, raising awareness of such an important cause by highlighting the fundamental basics of preserving life through the effective use of antibiotics will no doubt have a positive and bold impact on society in both the short and long terms.