As public safety and security challenges grow in complexity, the delivery of and access to timely and accurate information is key to an effective response by public safety and emergency teams.
General Dynamics Missions Systems-Canada is showcasing its answer to this challenge with CityShield – a fully integrated communications solution for effective public safety and security operations that delivers continuous connectivity and enhanced situation awareness to responders when they need it.
With CityShield, public safety and security forces can collect and share tactical information securely on a dedicated network, passing critical data, videos, maps and locations in real time, with each other and with other first-responder agencies as required. With hand-held and vehicle-installed smart devices, first-responders are connected to their supervisors in operations centres by reliable connections and user-friendly displays to protect and secure the public and the responder.
CityShield is built on the General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada Shield Ecosystem architecture – a secure hybrid public safety system network that combines 4G/LTE technology with satellite and fibre optics networking to seamlessly and securely connect users with voice, data and other security applications.
Key CityShield capabilities include an advanced, high-bandwidth digital IP network; a mobile and fixed video surveillance system designed for large-scale, high-security deployments that demand real-time, high-performance surveillance; an operations and dispatch system, which includes computer-aided dispatch, a mobile response application, resource tracking, command and control systems, intelligence, communications and information management systems; an in-vehicle computing system, which enables secure and realtime access to police databases, incident reporting systems, video surveillance, licence-plate recognition, and location tracking systems; web intelligence features, which enable police to search open sites such as forums, social networks and other key sources; citizen safety application, which citizens can download and use to report incidents and attach videos, snapshots, voice information, and location information; a Face First biometric facial recognition system, which enables the use of fixed cameras and video from the 4G/LTE smartphones to identify persons of interest; and a digital telephonic system, which includes IP desk phones and video phone stations to support operations and administration.
At CANSEC, General Dynamics Missions Systems-Canada highlighted the Shield system in conjunction with CyberKar’s vehicle-borne Kommander capability – a solution developed specifically for police vehicles (pictured). Kommander comprises the best rugged computer, connectivity, software, and console available. The result is a safe, ergonomic and simple to use police car.
In late May, General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada was selected by the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) to provide a turn-key, integrated public safety solution for the Panama Ministry of Public Security based on the CityShield capability. CCC, a Crown corporation of the Government of Canada, is Canada’s international contracting and procurement agency that is fulfilling a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the governments of Panama and Canada. The MoU was put in place to facilitate closer relations between the two governments, including collaboration to enhance public safety and security in Panama.
In Panama, CityShield will integrate surveillance cameras, public emergency panic buttons, citizen collaboration tools, GPS location information and other capabilities all fused into the C5 Inter-Agency Emergency and Security Operations Centre.
The system will combine these technologies with a computer-assisted dispatch system that will allow the Panamanian police and emergency services to respond faster and more effectively.
Separately, General Dynamics will equip Team Rubicon Canada with EmergencyShield. Launched in 2016, Team Rubicon Canada unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first-responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams in Canada and around the world. Once activated, EmergencyShield establishes a persistent, versatile and accessible network that can rapidly share video, voice, data and location information that can also supplement existing radio systems.
“EmergencyShield will be a game-changer for our teams on the ground,” said Bryan Riddell, chief executive of Team Rubicon Canada. “Not having to rely on commercial communications systems, which are often unavailable during a crisis or disaster situation, will increase the effectiveness of our teams and improve their ability to provide assistance quickly.”