Leveraging applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) in law enforcement empowers authorities to serve justice and reduce crime rates by providing them with smart devices to increase productivity.
IoT is a technology that focuses on creating smart things that ease out human life by automating numerous processes. These devices are connected to the internet to communicate with each other in a better manner. According to a research, the number of connected devices is expected to reach up to 20 to 30 billion by 2020. This statistical information has encouraged companies to leverage the IoT technology, which provides numerous functionalities that can lead to a better life for people across the globe. IoT devices not only help in automating everyday processes but also focus on improving human life by collecting information that can be used by several companies to determine how an individual’s daily needs can be fulfilled better. To improve human life, law enforcement is an area that plays a crucial role in securing people and ensuring that they are under legal protection. Policing is essential because crime rates are increasing across the globe. In their mission to minimize crime rates, law enforcement authorities are leveraging technologies to ensure that their employees are upgrading themselves with technologies to be better able to perform their duties. No wonder, applications of IoT in law enforcement are being searched to improve the current status of law enforcement authorities.
IoT being a dynamic technology that has brought numerous transformations throughout several industries, is now reshaping the field of law enforcement. Here are a few applications of IoT in law enforcement that can help people and authorities to improve the current status of law enforcement.
Smart traffic signals are becoming a trend across several countries and have proved helpful in reducing accidents and improving traffic management. According to a research, 30% of traffic is caused due to lack of parking spaces. This congestion not only leads to delays in people reaching their destination but also results in fuel wastage. With IoT, traffic signals transform into smart signals that can assist people and legal authorities in a plethora of ways such as notifying authorities about congestion in a particular area and what precautionary measures are required. With smart sensors, parking woes reduce tremendously as these devices do not need batteries that demand to be changed after a few months and can continue operating on the power they have for several years. Besides, these sensors can notify the users of any available parking spots too.
Currently, smart wearables are considered to be the hottest trends among people. With the increased usage of smart devices, law enforcement authorities realized their importance in tracking crimes and reducing their frequency. With the availability of smartwatches, authorities can instantly communicate with their server rooms. The enforcement authority’s stress levels are required to be fair as these factors lead to how well they can serve the society. The smartwatches also consist of a pedometer, a heart rate sensor, and other tools to determine if an officer has received adequate sleep and maintained stress levels.
There are certain situations when physically reaching a location becomes difficult as the areas may pose a threat to the lives of authorities. To counter such circumstances and achieve better surveillance, IoT proves to be helpful. Drones can help authorities to reach a remote location without being present physically.
Drones can hover above a particular location that requires surveillance and behave as an extra pair of eyes when equipped with different types of cameras. The application of cameras make monitoring easy for authorities and ensure that crime rate in their region subsides. Apart from cameras, drones have several sensors that assist law enforcement authorities to improve surveillance quality.
Law enforcement organizations must focus on finding ways through which they can train their employees in accepting and leveraging these technologies into their mission to ensure security and productivity.
Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.