Smart City Incident Management

Challenge for


Effective incident management is crucial in cities. When an emergency incident occurs, it’s important to respond quickly with all necessary incident management process flows in effect.

With incident management best practices, city developers benefit from a digital solution. A solution that optimizes handling every emergency while improving the overall incident management system and, following the emergency, reviewing the situation to improve solutions.

Solution for


SimplyCast offers the Smart City Incident Management solution. This streamlined, automated incident management solution makes use of the following:

  • Emergency command dashboards
  • Emergency event planning
  • Emergency communication tools

Digital tools have simplified emergency response for cities. Officials can now take prompt action and analyze data quickly during natural disasters, public health crises, and other emergencies. These tools help to minimize the risk to human life and property by enabling faster and more accurate responses.

Steps to Success

  1. Incident response plans can be digitized and matched to current procedures using templates.
  2. After an incident is initiated, the plans transform into command dashboards that provide incident commanders with a complete overview of the situation. This allows them to take direct action or initiate communications as necessary that are available in the incident management system.
  3. All information sent by incident responders is centralized in our Smart City platform and is readily available for incident managers and stakeholders.

Best Outcome

  • Responding quickly by launching a response can help ensure that the situation is addressed promptly and efficiently.
  • Centralize relevant details of the incident, such as time and location, and any other pertinent information, to allow the incident manager and response teams to comprehensively understand the incident and make informed decisions quickly and efficiently.
  • Send alerts about important news, emergencies, or other relevant information to multiple groups, ensuring everyone, including staff and residents, stays updated.
  • Combining with Smart City Evacuation Alerts can greatly enhance emergency preparedness and response. In an emergency that requires an evacuation order, integrating this feature can ensure that the necessary evacuation alerts are promptly delivered to the affected individuals and communities. This can help to minimize the risk of harm, ensure the safety of the residents, and avoid chaos during the evacuation process.
  • Aim to reduce the time dedicated to gathering information following an incident by implementing a standardized process and utilizing automated tools to accelerate data collection and assessment, facilitating quicker response and prevention of future incidents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Incident management refers to the actions taken by an organization to identify, analyze, and resolve potential hazards that could cause loss or disruption to its operations, services, or functions. An incident is any event that could lead to such a loss or disruption. In cities, such incidents may include outages, disruptions, or major incidents that affect the community from beginning to end. A major incident is any emergency requiring the involvement of emergency services and affecting many residents. Examples of incidents include water main breaks, gas leaks, flooding, and forest fires. 

Incident Management refers to the process of responding to unplanned events or service interruptions by development and IT Operations teams, with the aim of restoring the affected service to its operational state. From a minor bug in the system to a more serious ransomware attack, such incidents can have devastating effects on a city's operations. Thus, it is crucial for organizations to be prepared to handle such incidents digitally. 

Problem management is a practice that focuses on identifying and reducing the impact of incidents. On the other hand, incident management focuses on addressing incidents as they happen in real-time. Problem management often works on identifying and addressing underlying causes of possible incidents, such as regular maintenance of the water main system to prevent a potential water main break. If an incident does occur, incident management is responsible for deploying the appropriate resources and services to control the situation and minimize its impact on residents. 

Incident management is a comprehensive process that involves a set of well-defined procedures to identify, analyze, and resolve critical incidents. It utilizes sophisticated tools and technologies to gather, display, and organize information effectively. It facilitates seamless communication between personnel internally and residents externally during these incidents. Incident management is a crucial aspect of any organization's operations, and it plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning of day-to-day activities.

During critical emergency incidents, there are four main stages that emergency responders and authorities go through to manage the situation and ensure the safety of all involved. The first stage is the initial response, which involves getting to the incident scene as quickly and efficiently as possible to assess the situation and begin appropriate interventions. Following this, the consolidation phase involves bringing together all necessary resources and personnel to control the problem and prevent further harm or damage. Finally, the recovery phase focuses on returning the affected area to a safe and stable state, including any necessary cleanup and restoration efforts. Through careful management and coordination of these stages, emergency responders can help to minimize the impact of critical incidents and protect the lives and well-being of those involved. 

Incident management’s goal is to achieve one of the following objectives: 

  • To save life 
  • To prevent the escalation of the disaster 
  • To relieve suffering 
  • To safeguard the environment 
  • To protect property 
  • To facilitate criminal investigations and judicial, public technical, or other inquiries 
  • To continue to maintain normal services at an appropriate level 
  • To inform the public 
  • To promote self-help and recovery 
  • To store normality as soon as possible 
  • To evaluate the response and identify lessons to be learned 
  • Provide support for emergency services 
  • Provide support and care for the local and wider community 
  • Use resources to mitigate the effects of an emergency 
  • Coordinate the response by organizations other than the emergency services 

More specific incidents occur in different departments in cities, such as police services, fire services, and ambulance services. 

Without well-established plans and policies, a city can face various issues, such as a delay in response time due to the absence of contact details of stakeholders and staff members and inadequate handling of incidents or the creation of new problems. This situation can worsen without clarity on the roles and responsibilities of the incident management team and other stakeholders. 

Smart City incident management software is a versatile solution that can cater to the needs of various government bodies, including municipal, regional, and federal governments. With its advanced features and capabilities, the software can help streamline and enhance the incident management process, enabling governments to respond to emergencies more efficiently and effectively. 

Gain valuable insights and information on specific challenges with the help of SimplyCast's and Smart City's use cases. These use cases offer tailored solutions to address your unique needs using our advanced tools and technologies. Whether you want to streamline your operations, improve your customer engagement, or enhance your marketing efforts, our use cases can help you achieve your goals efficiently and effectively. 

In CommandHub/Events, users can create dashboards to manage emergencies efficiently. These dashboards are designed always to be live, providing real-time updates and critical information to aid decision-making. Additionally, users can choose from pre-made templates called Events, which offer specific dashboards tailored to different emergency scenarios. These templates can be launched as needed, allowing users to quickly respond to emergencies with the tools and information at their fingertips. 

SimplyCast offers a comprehensive Smart City emergency communication tool suite to help authorities respond to emergencies effectively. The tools for centralized command and control dashboards, instant notifications served by email, SMS, and voice, data collection, creating emergency incident planning for when you need to launch your plans, dynamic asset management with comprehensive reporting, real-time communication, on-site data collection, customer relationship management, and an automation hub.