Technological Developments in Public Sector

CIO Review APAC | Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Fire departments use advanced analytics to assess the risk of fire in various locations and manage their inspections accordingly.

FREMONT, CA:The public sector, like all industries, operates in a fast-changing environment. Technology is bringing people together both within and across national borders, and it is upending preconceived notions. One of the worldwide megatrends that can be identified that will alter governments' roles in 2030 and beyond is technology.

Apart from infrastructure, data, particularly open data, focus on governments' digital agendas. Governments could minimize their administrative expenses by fully utilizing public sector data, according to some studies. These figures do not account for the additional advantages that would result from improved access to and utilization of public-sector data. Weather forecasts, traffic management, crime data, greater openness of government processes (procurement), and educational and cultural information for the general public are examples of such benefits. Big data is another engine of change in this cluster. Proposed policy changes in one system can be mapped against their influence on all systems using predictive analytics.

As a result, one can better understand the trade-offs between public policy on other significant megatrends like water, energy, air, and climate. In some cases, they already do. There is also more understanding at the local level. Fire departments use advanced analytics to assess the risk of fire in various locations and manage their inspections accordingly. Police agencies employ sophisticated models to estimate where particular types of crimes are most likely to occur under specific circumstances.

Advanced automated models for risk-based inspections and supervision to help supervisory bodies are available and incorporated in rule and workflow-based systems. In the form of cyber security concerns, digitization also introduces a substantial new sort of risk. Governments are under pressure to safeguard their citizens, activities, and countries' security from risks that have never been seen before, which will continue to rise.  Further, according to studies, over the next two decades, the cyber sphere is expected to become a field of conflict and tension between states of all political stripes, not least among those for whom cyber security is a critical component of intelligence and military strategy, as well as between individuals or private companies.

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