Creating a secure and serene environment is essential for cities to develop and thrive. With increasing urban densities, cities need more advanced technologies to safeguard people and property. In years past, urban management relied entirely on manpower to ensure safety – police and private security guards. With the emergence of video technologies, cities welcomed a much more efficient way for keeping a sharp eye on things. Now, a very basic video security system makes first response and crime investigation much easier and faster.


This is, of course, only the first step to more efficient and intelligent urban management. The graph below shows the general evolution of a safe city. More than just intelligent applications, eventually the insights gained from this process could generate surprising new applications, enabling any safe city to be perpetually improving.


Following the course of action outlined above, it is easy to see that any Safe City development will be a multi-phase process. Each step into a new phase brings new possibilities and opportunities. The graphic below shows a full range of control systems provided by Hikvision for these phases.

Phase 1: Lay the foundation for an urban security system that will keep growing

Ground Control System

Hikvision offers security cameras designed for complex urban scenarios to meet public security needs. The Ground Control System is the foundation of the urban security infrastructure. The cameras in key locales and on main city roads continually provide valuable information for decision-makers.


Air Control System

By deploying high zoom-rate PTZ cameras, PanoVu cameras, and positioning systems at the high points of the city, an airspace protection system is formed. The mixture of dynamic and static nodes and the combination of global perception and detail capture makes the Air Control System an integral part of urban security.


Mobile Control System

Fixed monitoring usually covers important urban scenes, but is limited in scope. For the city as a whole, this means there will still be some blind spots. The Mobile Control System is tailored to solve this problem. The system consists of body-worn cameras and portable PTZ domes for flexible and agile responses, enabling rapid deployment in emergency situations and where fixed monitoring is not available or feasible.


Alarm Control System

Installing an Alarm Control System will greatly reduce human resources, but this needs to be built on strict accuracy. Hikvision’s Smart Detection Technology ensures that alarms received by the command center are valid and worthy of a response. At the same time, implementing emergency alarms in the city will enhance the sense of security for civilians as police officers can make video calls with people who are at risk and threatened before an event occurs

Phase 2: Introduce a new control system that will lift the intelligent level of Safe City 

Intelligent Control System

As AI technologies evolve, urban security enters an exciting, new intelligent era with unprecedented improvements in efficiency. With vast AI capabilities and a deep understanding of the video-based security industry, Hikvision integrates its proprietary deep learning algorithms into intelligent perception devices in edge domains and powerful computing devices in the cloud. Ultimately, this produces effective and precise data and provides even more functional security applications based on that data.


Data Center

The five layers of control systems come together to create comprehensive coverage of a city, but this is not enough. A complete Safe City will inevitably require the construction of a central system. This will be the brain connecting thousands of devices in the city. In order to create a visualized, real-time, and intelligent central system, Hikvision provides a range of central equipment from fail-safe video storage solutions, high-definition large-screen displays, and transmission to central computing, big data, and AI-algorithm training facilities. Moreover, Hikvision also offers a powerful application system to provide and share its rich, multi-dimensional application capabilities based on data processing and analytics.

Phase 3: Break new ground with partners and end users around the globe

The large number of video resources placed in the city during the first phase lay the ground work, so that intelligent upgrades in the second phase will generate abundant data. This becomes the city's IoT Data, which, combined with clients’ business information, will help deepen understanding and enable localized urban security systems and services.


hikvision ai cloud

System development throughout the above three phases will be based on AI Cloud architecture, in which Edge Nodes, Edge Domains, and a Cloud Center will be allocated to adapt to the various scenarios of the Safe City Solution, meeting requirements at each level and from a variety of organizations.


Cloud Center: Comprehensive Applications
Fusing business data and the application of multi-dimensional big data analysis


Edge Domain: Cross-Scene Applications
Intelligent applications and the collection, storage, and processing of data


Edge Node: Single-Scene Applications
Collecting data from multi-dimensional sensors and front-end processing