SMART CITIES

A Smart City is a community or municipality where traditional infrastructure, networks, and services are made more efficient through the pragmatic use of applied digital and telecommunication technologies, for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses.

In Smart Cities, effective application of a portfolio of digital technologies can translate into:

  • Improved public services for citizens;
  • Better use of resources; and
  • Reduced environmental impact.

The Smart City concept goes well beyond the deployment of applied technology for more efficient resource use and reduced emissions. It means:

  • Smarter urban transport;
  • Improved utilities and waste disposal;
  • More efficient lighting, heating, and air conditioning;
  • A more interactive and responsive city administration;
  • Improved public engagement;
  • Enhanced travel and tourism facilities;
  • Safer public spaces; and
  • Improved services for the aged and in-need population.

Galbraith & Co. is partnered with leading global providers of Smart City infrastructure, products, and services to deliver these benefits to our cities and communities. We are committed to improving both urban and rural communities through the application of appropriate innovative technologies and business models,

Emergency Services agencies are organisations, which ensure public safety and health by addressing different community emergencies.

Some of these agencies exist solely to address certain types of emergencies whilst others deal with ad-hoc emergencies as part of their normal responsibilities. Many of these agencies engage in community awareness and prevention programs to help the public avoid, detect, and report emergencies effectively.

With climate change, we are seeing a higher incidence of emergencies (fire, flood, storm, etc.) around the world. It is becoming apparent that the traditional siloed (ambulance, fire, police, etc.) approach to emergency services is not sustainable. Hence, authorities that are more progressive are merging these agencies into combined agencies or authorities with broad-based authorities. Furthermore, community engagement with these emergency services needs to improve, hence a number of projects around the world have emerged that uses virtual communities for emergency preparation and training, escalation, emergency management, and recovery.

Galbraith & Co. is expert in public safety and emergency services. We have designed a modular end-to-end emergency services framework comprising a flexible portfolio of products and programs that can be readily deployed in a shared service model.

A connected community is a community of individuals with shared interests who digitally collaborate, potentially crossing geographical and political boundaries in order to pursue mutual goals or objectives. Connected communities resemble real life communities in the sense that they provide a digital alternative to more traditional transactions between individuals, business, and/or government.

Connected communities encourage interaction and transaction between participating membership whether it be to access expert advice, conduct a transaction, or simply to interact with other parties. For example, community members may interact over a shared passion through various means: message boards, chat rooms, social networking sites, or virtual worlds. The most popular of these communities include Facebook and Twitter but although appealing to mass markets these commercial services are often not well suited to a communities specific and often sensitive requirements,

The explosive diffusion of the Internet since the mid-1990's fostered the proliferation of connected communities in many form.. These communities synthesise Web 2.0 technologies and have been described as Community 2.0. online communities. They depend upon social interaction and exchange between users emphasising the unwritten social contract between all levels of community participation.

Whereas, social media platforms like Facebook (friends & family) and Twitter (news and opinion) cater for the mass market, more specialist virtual communities may coalesce around a particular economic or social community such as capacity building, civic participation, economic development, emergency services, health & well-being, and industry supply chain.

Galbraith & Co. is a leading exponent of social-enabled portals having designed, developed and deployed a number of leading examples.

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