MANILA, Philippines – Pasig City’s public safety project has been named
one of the most outstanding smart city projects by the IDC Asia/Pacific
(International Data Corporation) .
The IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards
(SCAPA) selects “smart city” solutions that “deliver better urban
planning and operational efficiencies, [and] influence widespread
knowledge capital transformation with government employees, local
businesses, and residents so cities can develop more sustainably,” as
explained by Gerald Wang of IDC Government Insights and IDC Health Insights, Asia Pacific.
Pasig won under the “public safety” category for their Smart Public Safety Management System project.
The project includes a number of initiatives: Computer
Aided Dispatch, with real-time sending of incident reports to emergency
services, and Adaptive Intelligent Traffic System, a transport network
for better traffic flow.
“We still have many smart city initiatives that we’re planning to
do,” said Ritche Van Angeles, head of Pasig City disaster risk reduction
and management, in a mix of Filipino and English.
To improve the efficiency and
sustainability of public safety while reducing cost and resource
consumption for surveillance and incident management, the local
government of Pasig deployed the Pasig Smart Public Safety Management
System, which includes Computer Aided Dispatch, Adaptive Intelligent
Traffic System, Flood Awareness Simulation Tool, Environment Sensors, HD
IP Cameras, and an Emergency Network GSM System. The Computer Aided
Dispatch (CAD) called eC3-CMS allows data analysis and reporting of
critical information in real time and allows citizens to send incident
reports with image attachment for intelligent response to be addressed
by Mamamayang Aksyon sa Emergency (MaSE), a free mobile public service
application for android and iOS devices. On the other hand, Adaptive
Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) aims to provide safer, more coordinated
and smarter use of transport network for better traffic flow, thus
saving travel time. Lastly, the Flood Awareness Simulation Tool provides
adept information and scenarios of possible flooded areas. Environment
Sensors for Noise pollution, water Ph level, loud sounds, UV index and
water levels are installed in 17 locations. Solar powered city-wide mass
alert sirens have been installed in four strategic locations within the
city for emergency broadcast of messages in times of calamities. An
emergency network GSM System allows emergency routing of cellular calls
to any number on pre-determined locations when commercial GSM networks
are down; in case of a major disaster, a complimenting Text Messaging
Alert System (TMAS) is activated, which will send a SMS/Text
notification to individuals regardless of their GSM Network.