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Edit 02 October 2020
by SURE Project Team

SURE launches a call for agile safety and security solutions in autumn 2020

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The first weekend of June 2020 was supposed to be the first big test for the Smart Urban Security and Event Resilience project SURE at a major new festival Rockfest in Tampere, Finland. Then the COVID-19 pandemic changed all plans – but the work for safety and security continues nevertheless. The original plan was to test existing safety and security solutions in the field of situational awareness and visual monitoring during the Rockfest. Despite the COVID-19, there will be events in the future, and now the SURE team has more time for further elaboration of the test plans.

The SURE project is aiming to integrate data gathered from various sensors into situational awareness – a real-time view on what is happening in the city centre. The technology may also include control features for traffic, crowd movements or lighting in public areas, etc.

The project works equally on recognising and preventing security threats and the aim is to develop scalable safety and security solutions. In Tampere, the solutions could be applied in the most central areas of Tampere: the Central Square, Ratina and Särkänniemi Theme Park and Event Beach, Tampere Hall and adjoining Sorsapuisto Park; later also in the Tampere Deck and UROS LIVE Arena. School safety and security are also addressed. Now the project is outlining the challenges faced by the stakeholders.

Insta Group and Nokia Solutions & Networks are the technology partners in the project. In autumn 2020, there will be an open call for ideas for companies that may have innovative and agile solutions to offer for the recognised challenges. The call will be organised by one of the SURE partners Business Tampere, the regional economic development agency. The SURE project is exploring opportunities in smart guidance, e.g. the potential use of info screens for security-related guidance. Drones equipped with different sensors are another set of interesting devices to safeguard event and urban security. Camera technologies and visual data analysis are already very advanced in Tampere. Hence, the additional technologies will be in demand in the call for agile experiments - something to complement situational awareness with, apart from visual monitoring. Joining the experiments may pay off, because the Smart Tampere agile experiments have previously helped to develop products and services that have global markets in smart cities.

The Tampere Region has the largest security competence cluster in Finland and in normal conditions; Tampere is a very vibrant city of events. That makes it a perfect platform for the SURE project with the aim to improve the safety and security of people visiting or living in Tampere.

More information about the call will be launched here in the UIA SURE website. Follow the project here (https://smarttampere.fi/en/sure-smart-urban-security-and-event-resilience/)

 

Author: Päivi Stenroos, Smart Tampere

Edited by: Minna Säpyskä-Aalto, member of SURE Team

 

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