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quality of service interruptions and had no idea that
encrypted public safety data was also being transmit-
ted at the same time.
Simulated events included suspicious individuals
entering a dorm on the UofH campus and gang activi-
ties at NRG Stadium with. In both cases, subjects were
tracked as they moved about and fled the scene. Mul-
tiple cameras were used to follow the suspects fleeing
the scene of simulated criminal activity. Building blue-
print data was transmitted to all
responding agencies. Images of the
suspects were emailed back to Com-
mand and then datacast to all pub-
lic safety responder/participants.
(Attend the session: "Datacasting:
Public Safety Broadcasting Capa-
bilities to Responders in the Field"
on Wed., November 16 at 3:40 PM
at Secured Cities.)
The coordinated event was
deemed a success.
Not every technology follows the
"hype cycle," but it is extraordinari-
ly important to recognize those use-
ful technologies often just begin-
ning the climb to maturity and
multi-industry acceptance. A great
example of this is video analytics,
whose developers have leveraged
established and emerging technol-
ogies to create real cross-industry
collaboration tools. Next genera-
tion codecs are another; after all,
what good is less data when such
sophisticated analysis is available.
And what of these technologies
will best accommodate safety,
security, and sustainability in our
world's global urbanization trend?
The answer may lie in that profes-
sional engineer's statement on the
need to work together on common
causes, special causes, and practice
Epistemology, the theory of knowl-
edge: "In God we trust; all others
 "City of Houston Collaboration Leads to
Innovative Solution for First Responders,"
date last updated (21 December 2015). Web.
Date accessed (06 May 2016).
[i] "World Urbanization Report," United Nations, 2014 revision. Web.
[ii] The hype cycle is a branded tool created by Gartner, an information
technolog y (IT) research and consultancy company.
[iii] Video Quality Evaluation Methodolog y and Verif ication Testing
of HEVC Compression Performance, IEEE Transactions On Circuits
and Systems For Video Technolog y, Vol. 26, No. 1, January 2016, http://
[iv] The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) compares license plates
against its National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. law
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