Emergency SOS Buttons Installed in Kyiv
The emergency call button is one of the elements of the Kyiv smart city system. Over the past year, the center helped the police solve more than two thousand crimes.
Reporting an emergency has become easier in Ukraine. SOS buttons have been installed across the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. A device with a video surveillance camera and feedback from the police is interlinked with the city’s security system. In the future, the equipment itself will be able to recognize emergency situations and sound an alarm.
A few seconds after pressing the emergency call button, the device responds with the voice of a police operator. This call is for checking the connection.
A police operator from a distance can evaluate what is happening at the place of the call, through a video camera placed above the button. If necessary, he sends a quick response group, calls rescuers or an ambulance.
The emergency call button is one of the elements of the Kyiv smart city system. Here is the data from seven thousand surveillance cameras throughout the city. They are used to track traffic on the roads, follow the work of public utilities, and search for missing people and stolen cars.
Six devices are connected to the system, another 15 work in test mode. Another 40 are planned to be installed by the end of the year. Places for them are determined by the statistics of violations, frequency of visits and traffic intensity. The next step is sensors that respond to heat and sound.
“Sensors from all over the city will be connected in a single module to respond not only to the press of a button but to everything that happens around them — an explosion, screams, water level, fire. We’ll mass install these sensors that, without human intervention, will signal on the city map where an emergency is happening,” IT department director of Kyiv State Administration Yuriy Nazarov said.
Experts monitor the work of the Kyiv smart city and update the security system algorithms around the clock. Over the past year, the center helped the police solve more than two thousand crimes.