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Smart Public Security Vision Case


November 30, 2016

Public Financial Management (PFM) plays a significant role in smart government. FreeBalance is developing numerous “vision cases” to describe the intersection of PFM and “smart”. The planning and implementation of smart cities is enabled through PFM techniques and the use of open government.

There is some controversy about smart public security. The use of video cameras, facial recognition and social media monitoring, for example, can lead to significant privacy concerns. What’s often not recognized in the security and privacy debate is the ability for smart technology to generate revenue and to balance the debate based on citizen engagement.


  • Citizen Engagement: governments engage citizens to determine appropriate footprint for public safety technology initiatives and privacy through on-line forums and community meetings
  • Budget Planning: results of engagement is reflected in budgets and results the investment in smart technologis
  • Camera Devices: intelligent camera devices can be used for public security and to generate revenue through red light and speeding cameras – a somewhat controversial practice in some countries
  • Revenue: smart devices generate revenue for governments through fines
  • Nudge: the use of cameras and fines could help change behaviour positively – in this case, driving, and the impact can be measured for policy input
  • Citizen Engagement: use of social and mobile technologies can track citizen views of improvements to public security, increase revenue and behavioural changes, including sentiment analysis to balance public security and public privacy leading to policy changes

The integration of PFM, open government and digital devices provides the “smart” in Smart Government:

  • Citizen-centric: engages citizens to find a public security and public privacy balance
  • Data-driven: collects revenue, citizen behaviour and citizen feedback data to improve policy
  • Performance-focused: revenue, behaviour and citizen satisfaction become performance measures
  • Long-term: public policy is adapted based on data
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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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