Enabling Public Safety customers to effectively and efficiently, prepare, plan, identify and rapidly respond to specifically targeted security threats and events is a core focus for Unearth, as we know getting this right ultimately saves and protects lives, properties and assets. It is all about protecting the things that matter the most from natural and man-made threats.
This extends to finding effective ways to communicate through a common-language and use of smart technologies to help build those “trusted” relationships between communities, Police and other Public Safety departments. Connecting Public Safety departments, including Police with communities is critical in the fight against crime and other threats, including for any emergency response situations and major disasters.
Unearth Technologies attended the first Police Technology Conference at the Hilton On The Park Melbourne, which provided the opportunity to listen and participate in discussions relating to the challenges related to the evolving policing environment. The conference brought together Federal and State Police, as well as Law Enforcement and National Security Agencies.
There was a focus on exploring new technologies, within many aspects of policing to pave the way forward. This extended to hearing about capabilities that are being trailed and developed for police forces with the intent to allow them to become more effective and efficient in the face of increasingly sophisticated organised crime.
The two day conference included discussion panels, exhibition and speaker sessions, including keynote speaker Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan APM, Close Operations Support, Australian Federal Police, presenting on the topic of “Maintaining existing capability in the face of changing technology”.
Other topics included:
- Surveillance technology
- Privacy issues and civil liberties
- Recognition technologies
- Tackling the cyber environment
- Security and optimisation of police systems
- Technology procurement
There were some great sessions, especially hearing from members of law enforcement. The presentation by the Media and Public Affairs Branch of Queensland Police Service on “the use of social media and mobile in police operations” was very insightful, and encouraging to hear how they were able to connect with communities and become a trusted source of information.
Unearth enjoys the opportunity to participate in these types of events to hear from customers regarding their challenges, but also how they use current technology capabilities available to them. That in combination of seeing what capabilities are currently available within Australia, assist Unearth in focusing on technology capabilities that can complement, enhance and reduce technology limitations that are impacting customers.