Winston Churchill once said, “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” Without perseverance and the willingness to put in the time required, potential is only the possibility of success or greatness. And while I agree with Churchill’s statement, there are other factors that are key to unlocking it. Realizing potential also depends on a clear vision, a realistic plan to get there and the right tools to do both. In their absence, continuous effort can quickly become unproductive toil.
So how does potential take shape across the industries and customers we serve? We live in a time when cities are experiencing a great migration. Today, 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities and urban areas. That number is expected is rise to 70 percent by 2050. This rapid influx of people poses big challenges to the essential services that public safety agencies, utilities and telecommunications companies, transportation departments and municipal governments provide.
In tandem with growing urban populations, cities are experiencing a rise in crime, land development needs, acts of terrorism and natural disasters. As a result, urban safety challenges are top of mind for many city leaders – and citizens. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Many city governments have a clear vision; they want their citizens to be and feel safe. Some of them even have a plan in place to make it happen. They understand that safe cities require integrated systems and automated processes. They need shared information and resources. They demand real-time data analysis. But very few have the necessary tools and technologies to get there. It’s in addressing the technical gaps that city governments and essential service organizations can realize their vision for better governance, more effective services and, ultimately, safer cities.
During the HxGN LIVE conference, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure will discuss and highlight technologies that underpin the success of safe cities, which embrace an enterprise approach to the cloud, mobile and analytics. This means providing lower-overhead, cloud-based solutions that extend the reach of capabilities and allow new features to be rolled out quicker than ever before. It means empowering field personnel not only with real-time information, but also with the task-specific tools they need for comprehensive mobile working. It means using flexible platforms that pull together and analyze vast amounts of data, creating the insight necessary for improved decision making and policies now and in the future.
At Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, we understand what it takes to keep a city safe and running smoothly. Ensuring that today’s – and tomorrow’s – cities are safe means creating innovative solutions for public safety agencies, utilities and telecommunications companies, transportation departments and municipal governments that allow them to connect and collaborate with intelligence, which results in greater accountability and more effective service delivery.
This is the shape of potential. Shaping smart change.
President, Safety & Infrastructure
Steven Cost, Safety & Infrastructure President, directs the overall global strategy for the division. A Certified Public Accountant, he holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining Hexagon in 2007, Cost served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for Adtran Inc. and held senior financial management roles at AVEX Electronics and Benchmark Electronics.