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IoT Empowering Country-scale Decisions

IoT Empowering Country-scale Decisions

Staying connected to everything is the key to making smart country-scale decisions; this is why most national decision-makers rely on the Internet of Things (IoT), for it is the nervous system of real-time information. Developed countries are leveraging the power of IoT to make nation-scale decisions like:

  • Maintenance of healthy external relations for the betterment of the country
  • Making or augmenting laws to suit the current country-wide situations
  • Offering a strong network of public services like healthcare, education, police, military, fire departments, social services and more
  • Promoting democracy and social justice across the land
  • Protecting human rights and ensuring that the human rights are preserved when taking country-scale decisions
  • Protecting the country- lives and property- from terrorism, natural disasters, pandemics, unsettling disputes between citizens and the governments and other nationwide threats
  • Providing citizens with proper public utility services like transportation, water, gas, electricity, wastewater services, waste management systems and more
  • Understanding the demand for lands and planning land-use initiatives by detecting crop-pasture rotations, industrial use, residential land and more
The deliverance of real-time information from multifaceted data sources allows a ruling body to ensure that they make the right decisions at the right time. Today we will be discussing how the national responsibilities are met at the right time the right way by governmental leaders who rely on IoT technology.

Internet of Things For The Rescue

The power of IoT is known to impact the industrial domain of many countries like Singapore, Australia, America, The United Kingdom, India and more. However, this power is also wielded by decision-makers not only to boost a single sector of business but to promote the health, prosperity and wellbeing of a nationwide community. The difficulties of managing larger populations, looking to their needs and wants and ensuring that the public trust is not tarnished can all be singularly managed by adopting IoT-driven solutions by a country. Here are instances where a country can rely on IoT when making nationwide decisions for the betterment of society, having a strong ground in establishing power and control by governing bodies.
Ensuring Public Safety and Preventing Crime
The enormity of a country’s inhibitions and the complexity of the social statuses of society makes enabling seamless public surveillance using traditional methods impossible for national defence and security decision-makers. This is why many countries use IoT for law enforcement and defence against crime and national threats.
CCTV Systems
It is a myth that the installation of a myriad of cameras alone can ensure the elimination of public threats. CCTV systems must be upgraded with sensors with edge computing capability so that the decision can be made at the point itself; this footage must be analysed and systems powered by IoT to ensure ultimate public security.

This technology allows the nationwide security systems to pinpoint high-risk areas and keep 24/7, 360-degree surveillance on those areas. IoT-driven surveillance systems allow the national-scale decision-makers to gather real-time intelligence and use analytical systems advanced with AI and ML technologies to gather video and audio footage and automatically analyse them to detect harmful or high-risk situations and prevent them before severe conundrums. This way, they can track down:

  • Suspicious People Gangs
  • Vehicles of criminals
  • Traffic offenders
  • Robberies and more.
Tracking Cyber Criminals Who Put Countries at Risk
Cybercriminals like terrorists, script kiddies and national hacker groups are always on the look to jeopardise national security and businesses to misuse information for their selfish gains. That is why an IoT system is required by governments to defeat government-sanctioned criminals and terrorists. Six of the most serious cyber threats that can be detected by IoT are:

  • Crime
  • Hacktivism
  • Online Con Artists
  • Terrorist Groups
  • Trusted insiders who steal fraudulently
  • Unlawful Intrusion by Espionage
  • Warfare Sabotagers
Singapore is one country that took drastic measures to ensure the safety of the public using the power extracted by IIoT. The Singaporean police are now using the power of IIoT to instate robot police officers, namely Xavier, in the public to tackle issues of incivility. These robots can intelligently detect people who misbehave in the city- if someone smokes in a non-smoking area or illegal hawking in the city takes place- this autonomous wheeled machine with a camera on top will send alerts to control centres. Soon other countries will use this technique to ensure that the routine police surveillance will be automated by these smart robot cops to clean the cities from lawless and undesirable civil activity.
Maintenance and Management of Infrastructure The Public Utility Sector
Countries invest huge sums of money on fixed assets that enable public utility services for the country. The maintenance, power resource usages and other costs of the sector require millions of dollars per year just for one state. This is why IoT is an indispensable solution for most governments. When smart sensors, nanosensors, valves, pipes and other mechanical components are to get data about their behaviour, performance, structural state and much other information in real-time. IoT creates a static flow of data of all infrastructure and mechanical assets to ensure that they do not succumb to major damages that require far-reaching ramifications.

This helps the utility service sector to make decisive initiatives on facts rather than estimations. This can allow the balance of asset risk, cost and performance using fact-based analysis executed using IIoT-driven analytical tools that are trained by AI and ML protocols. In other words, it allows the government to:

  • Analyse the cost that they have to undergo when optimally maintaining state-owned assets
  • Apprehend how will the structural and conditional health of the asset will vary depending on the asset’s nature, environment, location and usage
  • Understand how the asset will respond to natural disasters of critical levels of services. Get a national-scale view on how the infrastructure costs will affect other financial decisions and more.
Responding to Natural Disasters at Any point of The Country
Natural Disasters
Responding to disasters is another obligation that country-scale decision-makers face when making decisions. The power of IoT allows decision-makers to incorporate the Earth Observation (EO) data extracted from satellites, senor data, other natural and social data sources to understand the threats of natural disasters and mark disaster-prone areas even before the disaster occurs. This helps in analysing the damage, estimating the time and planning mitigation and cost recovery plans even before a ‘previously unforeseen’ disaster is anticipated. The big data enabled by the IoT systems helps in detecting natural disasters like floods, sandstorms, hurricanes, floods, bushfires, harmful algae dispersion and more.
Human-made Disasters

As fascinating as these advantages are, IoT also allows extra benefits in responding to Natural Disasters. IoT technology can also tackle human-made disasters by alarming the respective officials like emergency response teams to be prepared for contingencies on time. Examples of human-made disasters in the past that have caused a lot of damage to lives and property are:

  • Aberfan colliery slip where a huge spoil pipe submerges and contaminated villages with a speed of 11 and 12miles per hour that caused 144 people dead including 116 children
  • Bhopal disaster in Bhopal, India caused by a gas leak in a pesticide plant due to malfunctioning systems
  • Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown caused by the negligence and unprofessional actions of officials
  • The deepwater horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by an explosion when drilling the rig
  • The Montana asbestos hazard killed 10% of people of Montana town due to illnesses caused by asbestos
  • The Seveso disaster was caused by an industrial accident in Milan, Italy.
Cerexio Supercharging National Decisions

Cerexio has enabled new-age technology solutions that allow country-scale decision-makers in capturing opportunities in boosting the growth of economies, conserving natural resources and improving the quality of life of communities in countries. Our governmental solutions support the latest technologies like IoT, immersive technologies, Digital twin, Simulation, AI, sensor systems, satellites analytics, automated and time-saving video analytics, predictive, prescriptive and diagnostic analytics and more. We are competent in tearing technology-based national strategies to rapidly and cohesively boost the public sector operations and management singularly. Connect with Cerexio to learn more about how our IoT services can promote your national decisions with the optimal deployment of IoT systems.

The Future: The Whole-of-Government IoT
IoT technology allows governments to perform on smart platforms that allows amazing hyper-connectivity in all public domains. With technologies like smart sensors, advanced wearable devices, virtual markets, high-speed data transmissions, additive manufacturing technologies and many other innovative trends showing up, country-scale decision-makers should use smart IoT technologies to remain unrivalled and ahead of the game. This will help these decision-makers in honing capabilities to use emerging technologies, collaborate with external parties, commercial giants, public agencies and pilot better initiatives to address real issues with actionable solutions.

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