On the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack carried out against the people of Manchester, we look back and remember the victims and their families, and we assess the response. As we mourn what was lost, we must also look to what we can learn from this tragedy, and what steps can be taken towards the end goal of making our cities, and our people, safer. Now that post-incident investigations have released their findings we can see the professional assessment of what went wrong, how effective the response was, and what more we can do in the service of saving lives and protecting the innocent.
Earlier this year, the NHS in the UK became a victim of cyber crime, when computers at hospitals and GPs surgeries around the country were among tens of thousands hit in almost 100 countries by malware that appeared to be using technology stolen from the National Security Agency in the US. The attack blocked access to any files on a PC until the demanded ransom is paid. This resulted in many hospitals having to cancel or delay treatment for patients.
The Safe City is a concept for returning security, safety and quality of life to today’s complex cities and infrastructure developments through the use of technology, personnel and processes. It can successfully be applied to all physical situations where people require a safe and comfortable environment.