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Look through the eyes of TNO and discover how we contribute to a brighter future by preparing for the unknown. What can we prepare for? How do we deal with increasing Cybercrime? And will we be able to handle emergencies and crises even better in the future? We will if it’s up to TNO.
The technological advances that we’ve all experienced over the last 15 years have brought us all closer together digitally. We’re able to keep ourselves up to date around the clock about everything happening to our family, friends, and in our own street, while news of the world is always only one click away. Events, as a result, have an immediate effect. Everyone and everything is connected. This has led to the emergence of much more complicated force fields during societal emergency situations. Through technological and societal innovations, TNO is playing an active role in reducing the time it takes to resolve large-scale societal emergency situations or get them under control. We’ve singled out a few of these innovations.
Technological progress seems to have inextricably linked everything together. That’s a good thing, isn’t it? Everything has sped up and become more efficient. The downside of this is that things can also go wrong faster, such as in the event of a cyber attack. Hackers can also use artificial intelligence to automate and refine these cyber attacks.
It’s time for a new approach of cybersecurity and to professionalise how we manage crises. TNO is using science and the most innovative technologies to increase our resilience against modern threats, so we can all rest easily.
How often do we still talk to people on the phone? Video calling seems to have replaced ‘ordinary’ phone calling, a trend further magnified by the widespread need many people felt for ‘real’ contact during the pandemic. Despite this fact, we still take for granted that we should talk to the police or other emergency services by phone, even if such conversations could benefit greatly from images. TNO is exploring the impact of emergency messages with picture. Could they lead to wrong decisions? Or are they better able to communicate what’s going on?
‘Hi John, I just heard the sound glass breaking. Did you hear anything?’ ‘Hi Rob, yes, I heard glass breaking and saw a few men running away.’ One message that immediately reaches the whole neighbourhood. Neighbourhood WhatsApp groups have prevented a lot of suffering from occurring by raising alertness. The next, logical step is to connect the police and the municipality to these types of messages. TNO is experimenting – together with security partners, residents, the business community, and other scientific institutions – with the 24/7 sharing of urgent and non-urgent matters with the police and other bodies using new media.