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Metaverse and digital twinning are at the core of its structure… This is how security will be in the cities of the future

The smart city is based on an advanced, high-cost technology infrastructure that includes hundreds of thousands of smart sensors and systems, dedicated to serving all industrial, financial, health, environmental, and service sectors. This requires the establishment of advanced security systems and centers that protect and preserve the city.

Real-time crime center

The Real-Time Crime Center provides access to billions of records in minutes instead of days or weeks, using a variety of new technologies, thus providing security forces, police, and public safety officials with comprehensive intelligence that helps them Fight crime, and even prevent it (proactive police).

The “Real-Time Crime Control Center” uses an integrated system that is controlled through the “Video Wall Displays”, which is the focal point of any real-time crime control center, as it collects information from many and varied sources such as sensors, alarms, and video surveillance cameras that Monitors streets, squares, traffic, banks, schools, public and private businesses, crime databases and even social media.

The system uses face recognition, voice, smell, car license plate, and many other artificial intelligence technologies to organize security, rapid emergency response, and solve crime mysteries.

The video wall takes into account environmental factors such as spatial topography and ambient lighting. The Real-Time Crime Center System is accurate, flexible, and works 24/7.

Database adopts next-generation identification system

The Next Generation Identification System is the largest and most efficient electronic repository of population biometric and criminal history information.

This base includes fingerprint, DNA, and facial recognition, as well as a growing suite of biometric and behavioral features that include voice recognition, palm prints, wrist veins, iris recognition, gait analysis, and even heartbeat.

The establishment of any city that wishes to acquire intelligence for this base is necessary for its security and for combating crime in it.

A real-time crime scene using an integrated video wall-controlled system
A real-time crime scene using an integrated video wall-controlled system

Digital twin

The use of digital twinning tools to create a 3D computer model of a city (or a section of it) has become commonplace in smart cities.

The copious amount of data collected continuously, via sensors, on an entire city or one of its neighborhoods allows planners to monitor the effects of changes in the city in all areas from temperature and air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, maintenance scheduling, traffic control, and parking, monitoring and address potential bottlenecks. It also provides the possibility of simulating emergency scenarios such as fire or flood to improve emergency response.

Many developed cities such as Las Vegas and Guangdong, China, have begun to create digital twins that collect data associated with sensitive locations in the city at every moment through “Internet of Things” (IoT) sensors and the “5G” network and send it to the crime control center in real-time. the real and the officials involved in making appropriate decisions. Digital twins are the basic structure for creating metaverses.

Create metaverse for smart city security service

A study conducted by the Gartner Research Corporation predicted that the percentage of users of the digital metaverse space will reach about 25% of the total Internet users, at a rate of at least one hour per day for each user, by 2026.

The study also expected that 30% of institutions with their products and services around the world would participate in the world of Metaverse, given that the digital metaverse space provides more opportunities for communication and cooperation at various levels, and this will have a direct impact on how business is done, through workspaces in virtual offices, where Institutions will not need to establish their own infrastructure to carry out their work, given that the digital metaverse space provides the ability to work and provide services remotely and with high efficiency.

Several global cities, led by Seoul, the capital of South Korea, have begun to establish a Metaverse system that combines digital twinning and “virtual reality” (VR) and cooperation between many sectors to improve city services.

The establishment of the Metaverse system serves 3 main objectives of the Smart City Police: facilitating citizens’ communication with city police services, overcoming time, place, and language restrictions, and providing new ways to improve user experience and satisfaction through the participatory design of services.

The “Metaverse” project will include avatars of the city’s police officers, who will provide advice and complete transactions, services that are usually only available through real-life city police stations.

Several global cities have started to create a Metaverse system that combines digital twinning and virtual reality
Several global cities have started to create a Metaverse system that combines digital twinning and virtual reality

Metaverse will provide the ability to design and implement many future local and international conferences using this technology at a low cost.

However, with the increasing number of Metaverse users, the list of potential cyber crimes is expected to expand in the field of data theft, money laundering, forgery, fraud, ransom, phishing, crimes against children, assault and sexual harassment, and for this reason the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) recently launched a system Polisia for the world of metaverse parallel to the real world. It is necessary for smart cities that adopt Metaverse to form “special security teams” (Metaverse Police Force) that roam the virtual world of Metaverse and control criminal and deviant behavior.

Establishing a security and police training center using Metaverse

The world of Metaverse allows security forces and police to be trained in virtually all possible scenarios, including life-threatening situations such as massive shootings and hostage-taking.

Metaverse also provides training for security forces and police in combating terrorism, and training in negotiation under pressure. Training can be recorded and replayed as necessary. Training in the virtual world of Metaverse saves a lot of expenses compared to training in the real world.

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