The traditional view is that Public Safety is what keeps us from harm in the widest sense: from prevention to protection and from crime to natural or man-made disasters. However, a broader vision is an opportunity to create truly innovative solutions that improve our quality of life.

50 aspects about public safety

  • Impact on the economy
  • How to use data
  • Alcohol-related issues
  • Improve accessibility
  • Fight isolation
  • Police strategies
  • Manage events
  • Nuclear & chemical risks
  • Bonfires & fireworks
  • Sectarianism
  • Road dangers
  • Inter-agency collaboration
  • The role of communities
  • Warning systems
  • Drugs
  • Young people & OAPs
  • Terrorism
  • False alarms
  • Role of social media
  • Climate change
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Probation
  • Cultural traditions
  • Robots & drones
  • Metal theft
  • Product safety
  • Road safety
  • Drink driving
  • Dog fouling
  • Fly tipping
  • Derelict buildings
  • Communication systems
  • Firefighting
  • The impact of wars
  • Animal welfare
  • First aid
  • Airports
  • Train & bus stations
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Food hygiene
  • Protecting children
  • Role of the army
  • Health issues
  • Gun control
  • Social inequalities
  • Noise pollution
  • Anti-social behaviours
  • Public transport
  • Safe at night
  • Computer fraud

Can you make a difference?

How comfortable would you feel navigating the city if you were one of the 16,517 people in Glasgow who understand but do not speak, read or write English? Is fly tipping an inconvenience or does it give residents an impression of neglect? How can we strengthen our communities’ resilience? How do we protect the national infrastructure? If you received a test for an emergency mobile alert, did you take a moment to play your part and give feedback? Last year over 200 people died in fires in their home in the UK and you are 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there is no working smoke alarm, so are you ready? How can we use technology and data to better prepare for health emergencies?

These are only a few of the challenges facing the city; what else could be done to prepare cities for the future?

How does it feel to live in the city?

Public safety in the future city goes beyond preventing or managing risks.

It is about how it feels to live in the city. “A growing roster of scientists believes there is a crucial link between our perceptions of city places and how we feel.” Sensors and social media are only two of the ways we can capture how people feel about their city.

It is about sharing the space available: between communities, between street and pavements, cars and pedestrians and across age ranges.

It is also about strengthening communities so that ours have the resources to maintain and even enhance individual and collective wellbeing.

Leveraging the power of design

“By bringing big data together with planning and design we have the power to transform cities into places that are more responsive to the public’s needs and aspirations while also strengthening social capital and engendering digital inclusion.”
Designing with data: shaping our future cities

Over to you, participants of #hackglasgow, what do you make of public safety in the future city?