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How Technology Boosts Resilience and Enables Smarter Cities

CES 2020 will highlight how technology helps communities prepare for the unexpected.

by Consumer Technology Association / December 11, 2019
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CES 2020, the annual trade show owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, will give government leaders a firsthand look at new technologies and techniques to strengthen resiliency — from evacuation planning and transportation security to flood control, infrastructure protection and more.

“CES exhibitors will showcase a wide range of tech solutions that enable communities to be resilient, from disaster communications to sustainable water purification systems,” said Karen Chupka, executive vice president of CES. “Attendees will not only interact with products on the show floor, but they will also learn about these innovations through our dedicated conference programming.”

At CES 2020, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, which researches and develops technologies that can be used by homeland security operators and first responders nationwide, will demonstrate numerous solutions that support disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

“Our federal, state and local customers need safe, reliable and secure tools to adapt to and respond to changing environments and emergencies, and to drive-down risk and provide flexibility for unintended consequences,” said Kaniewski.

At CES 2020, the DHS Center of Excellence’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute will discuss research underway to improve the security and resilience of next-generation critical infrastructure, including:

  • Next-Generation Mobile Communications Infrastructure: The introduction and deployment of 5G wireless technology will usher in a new wave of wireless and mobile applications. This will include significant enhancements to our nation’s wireless emergency alert system and 9-1-1 emergency response systems.
  • Advanced Data Analytics Applied to Critical Infrastructure Resilience: AI, natural language processing, machine learning and quantum computing — state-of-the-art and even futuristic scientific tools — are enhancing the security and resilience of critical infrastructure, as well as improving planning and response to natural and man-made disasters.

DHS plans to highlight these themes at booth #501 in the Resilience Marketplace at CES 2020.

Community Leaders Can Build a More Resilient Future
Natural disasters are an ever-present threat that can devastate communities. Technology can help community leaders address critical needs and build a more resilient future.

“Technology can provide backup systems that work without sophisticated infrastructure,” Chupka said, “and it can provide remote locations with access to basic needs. Think of technologies that enable communication after a disaster like a hurricane or a technology that delivers clean water to remote locations.”

Join CTA at CES 2020 to see how and where technology is making an impact, improving community resiliency and saving lives.

iThe Natural Disasters of 2018 in Figures, Munich Re, https://www.munichre.com/topics-online/en/climate-change-and-natural-disasters/natural-disasters/the-natural-disasters-of-2018-in-figures.html

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