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The Chairman of the Local Government Center: "The more cameras and surveillance capabilities there are in the cities, the more we will be able to get to the hazards in real time" • A special interview for "Israel Hayom" ahead of the Muni Expo urban innovation conference

Advanced technologies that will be implemented in the various cities will be able to improve the performance of the authorities, save resources and optimize the system.

Monitoring what is happening in the city allows the authority to provide a quick response in emergency incidents, as well as help save water and electricity, optimize garbage disposal, and more.

Starting tomorrow, and for three days, the local government center will hold the Muni Expo urban innovation conference at the Tel Aviv Expo complex.

More than a hundred companies and startups will offer solutions in areas such as security, garbage disposal, economical irrigation systems and more.

"Systems with artificial intelligence that optimize processes ultimately save a lot of money," says Haim Bibbs, chairman of the center and mayor of Modi'in-Maccabim-Reot, in an interview with "Israel Hayom". Water can be reinvested in education."

Bibbs adds that "with regard to the automatic irrigation systems, the artificial intelligence examines the optimal time to water depending on the temperature and humidity, and then there is no situation where 50% of the water evaporates because it is too hot, and vice versa - you don't water when it rains."

How do you deal with the issue of personal security?

"We are deploying cameras for millions of shekels, and the more cameras and surveillance capabilities there are, the more likely we will be able to reach hazards in real time. There is also the possibility of implementing facial recognition systems at the entrances to and exits from cities, like at airports around the world. This increases deterrence."

Security cameras at the entrance to Jerusalem, photo: Oren Ben Hakon

The city network with cameras may harm privacy.

What is the solution?

"The purpose is to keep the residents safe. There are countries where as soon as you go through a red light, you receive a text message to your phone.

We are not there, but as soon as the government ministries loosen the regulation and on the other hand bring the resources, we will be able to introduce the innovations into the system and run forward."

What about the transportation challenges?

Vehicles on Israel's roads // Photo: Avishag Shaar-Yishov,

"Public transportation here is 20 years behind, and it's getting worse. I hope that the next transportation minister will implement smart transportation - more shared vehicles, short lines, and shuttles from the neighborhoods to the transportation centers and train stations."

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Source: israelhayom

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