Working in the field of safety and security for many years I was always thinking of ways to improve the safety standards in my city.
Our Vision is to create and improve the safety and security of every city by offering a solution designed to adjust on the needs of every city in light of the protection of the citizens.
What it does (Executive Summary)
CASD for Cities is an ingenious, but economical strategic approach that focuses on the safety and the security of the cities. We have designed an innovative and well-rounded solution that incorporates high-end technology to prevent and protect against any potential urban hazards and risks.
The purpose of CASD is to fill the gap that exists currently in the continuous monitoring and protection of the cities. The solution we created is based on a holistic approach in which the city will be organized with smart sensors and cameras that will constantly provide information about hazards and potential risks. All the data will be gathered and analysed in the coordination centre by our platform, which will propose solutions. The platform will be in interaction with the citizens and the local authorities but also with third-party applications in order to exchange information.
The role of this platform is to:
Our objective is to increase the collaboration and continuous communication of the city with the local authorities, the citizens and the government. However, our target is to reach beyond a simple platform and provide an integrated solution for planning the safety and the security of the city. This will help prevent and immediately act in situations like the COVID crisis. During such cases CASD has the capability to be in direct communication with the patients, check the availability of the hospitals in resources, beds, stock and medical equipment, provide fast results and propose solutions. CASD can also provide 24/7 assistance to the vulnerable groups giving the opportunity to the patients to communicate and be treated from distance through telemedicine.
The problem that CASD is trying to solve is the lack of collaboration and synergies between all the applications designed for safety, smart cities and sensors which operate individually without a common target and plan. “CASD for Cities” fills this gap of information management by creating a plan for the needs of a city based on the collaboration of the technology, the local authorities and the citizens.
Products and Services
The solution that CASD offers consists of a coordination and controlling centre that will analyze the needs of the city and propose accordingly the required improvements and will be in charge of managing the CASD platform.
“CASD for Cities” Platform has a multifunctional role with 5 basic pillars:
1. Planning: CASD platform will provide a holistic, continuous research based on the characteristics and needs of the city and will provide feedback for potential changes in the infrastructure of the city.
2. Risk Assessment: Introducing a harmonized, solid cooperation of technology-efficient software, developed by CASD which will provide:
3. Education: Citizens will have the ability to expand their general knowledge and especially the awareness on safety and security by getting trained through the platform with interactive solutions developed according to the technologies of the 4th industrial revolution (e.g., VR training).
4. Information: CASD platform will support the constant interaction between the city and the citizens to provide and gather information essential for the fast assessment of the risks. The citizens be able to get inform instantly about any danger or problem (from fires to traffic jams)
5. Action: After gathering all the essential information CASD will act in an assisting and consulting way in collaboration with the local authorities. Through state-of-the-art technology the platform will propose solutions for potential risk, inform about ongoing hazards and prevent the threats and crime.
Based on market analysis that we conducted there is no similar single approach to combine so many solutions. There are several applications for safety, security, smart cities and health which are used individually but not as a group. What makes CASD unique is the ability to create an individual plan based on the characteristics of each city and combine all multiple external systems which make this suite stronger and more effective.
CASD system, due to its flexibility, is able to adjust to the financial abilities of each city. The cost of the platform depends on the number of the functionalities added in the platform. The basic version of the platform will start from 3000 euros.
The competitive advantage of CASD is based on the below key factors:
The execution of our solution consists of 4 phases:
How I built it
The solution we created is based on a holistic approach in which the city will be organized with smart sensors and cameras that will constantly provide information about hazards and potential risks. All the data will be gathered and analysed in the coordination centre by our platform, which will propose solutions. The platform will be in interaction with the citizens and the local authorities but also with third-party applications in order to exchange information.
Challenges I ran into
The basic challenges I ran into is the creation of the platform to include as many as possible of the potential urban hazards and risks
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Before creating CASD for cities we created a basic version of CASD for Cities for flood prevention winning the 1st position in the 3rd Innovation Marathon "City Challenge Crowdhackathon Smartcity 3" for the Central Union of Greek Municipalities. We were also among the 10 best ideas for Athens Startup Awards winning an 8-month participation in the Startup Incubator of Athens.
What I learned
There were several valuable lessons gained from this procedure. First of all, we gained the experience to participate in such a big European competition. Also, we increased our knowledge to support the needs of this project. Moreover, is really fulfilling to participate "against" great ideas and minds for the common good.
What's next for CASD for Cities-COVID19
We are going to present our idea in municipalities that are willing to move a step forward in the safety and security of the cities.
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