With the rapid urbanisation, Pakistan’s cities need to deploy new and latest technologies for city governments to better manage the urban centres and serve the residents with efficiency and better service delivery. The use of technology in managing cities affairs have given birth to the concept of ‘smart city’, which is relatively new in the urban development and is being adopted by different cities in the world in the pursuit to serve their citizens in the best possible manner. The smart cities embrace information communication technologies (ICT) and the IT solutions to manage the use of resources in the best possible way and acquire automated feedback through specialized ICT based infrastructure.
Smart cities are becoming a new trend across the world. However, the model and outlook of every city differ from each other as each one has its own challenges and problems. Therefore, no universal technology solution can be designed for the operational challenges of a city.
A smart city is any municipality that incorporates information and communication technologies with its day-to-day operations to increase efficiency, improve the quality of governance and services delivery to the citizens, and share information with the public.
In order to accomplish all this, the administration of the city asks the technology companies to develop a solution for the city to establish the required infrastructure in the city.
It provides the companies with all the requirements of numerous departments like civil defense, police, water and sanitation, municipality, traffic engineering, and so on.
Punjab’s Safe Cities Project Makes Lahore an Epitome
The Punjab government took a lead from other countries and initiated the Punjab Safe Cities Project from Lahore. When it launched, people presumed it as something specified to policing, surveillance, and traffic control.
However, these operations kept expanding and the infrastructure of Lahore became more and more integrated. The city witnessed its results for the first time in February 2017 when a suicide attack occurred on Mall Road leaving 16 individuals deceased.
Using the safe city cameras, mobile network fencing, and other technology, the police tracked and found the orchestrators of the attack.
The technology helped police arrest the handlers of the attack along with a sleeper network within three days after the incident.