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Using big data to make cities work smarter for people and the planet.


As we move through cities - on foot, by car, or on public transport - we generate a wealth of data, often via smartphone, but also through information captured by sensors and other infrastructural devices. Within this data sits a latent resource that local authorities and businesses alike can leverage to make cities more sustainable, liveable and efficient.


Copenhagen: Carbon Neutral by 2025
Intelligent use of data from smartphones, GPS in public transport and sensors in sewers and rubbish bins - to name a few - are helping the Danish capital to move towards their goal of becoming the world's first carbon neutral capital by 2025. Already a global leader, the city recently launched its Copenhagen Street Lab project to trial this and other tech, in June 2016.


Singapore: Global Smart City Pioneer
Widely recognised as a leading smart city, Singapore is showing the world what's possible. Its Smart Nation program is a customer-centric platform that puts trust-building between people and government at the core of its functionality. The idea is that the creation of a vast data infrastructure will facilitate local authorities offer improved services to both citizens and businesses. Such services have myriad manifestations, from disaster warnings to information about free parking spaces to repairing bumpy roads in response to data from bus users’ smartphones.


Credit: Smart Nation Singapore by Government Technology Agency of Singapore // Header: Smart City India by  http://www.designindaba.com/


Melbourne: Open Data Down Under
Leading the way in Australia, the city of Melbourne has big plans. It already has an Open Data platform with 100 unique data sets that are available for anyone to access and use, including a 24-hour pedestrian counting system, which helps city planners understand pedestrian activity in the busiest locations in order to prepare and design for population growth. The Open Data platform has various other innovative opportunities, inviting the public to contribute to helping solve urban challenges.


San Jose: Smarts from Silicon Valley
San Jose is the obvious choice for a US flagship. A global tech hub and home to some of the world's biggest tech companies, the city is collaborating with Intel on a public-private partnership project. Titled Smart Cities USA, the project aims to drive economic growth, creates 25,000 jobs in the tech sector, fosters sustainability and improves the quality of life for those who call it home



Credit: San Jose


India: Improving Infrastructure at Scale
Led by the Indian government, the ambitious Smart Cities Mission aims to improve selected cities through smart solutions, covering a vast array of sectors such as water and power supply, sanitation and waste management, urban mobility and public transport, connectivity, e-governance and citizen participation. 20 cities from a pool of 100 have been earmarked for development initially, with the the Minister for Urban Development, Venkaiah Naidu, calling the scheme the “first in the country and even in the world [where] investments in urban sector are being made based on competition-based selection of cities”. Thane, for example, has begun a multi-pronged project to improve the quality of life for residents, using smart technology to improve infrastructure with tech, such as the establishment of a  Solar City that uses a data feedback system to maximise efficiency.


Berlin: European Leader in Innovation
Already famous for its efficient administration and startup scene, Berlin has a solid smart city strategy, which was outlined in detail in 2015. Thanks to a thriving research culture and plenty of forward-thinking corporations, a number of interdisciplinary projects have already launched and focus on aspects such as energy, mobility and healthcare. Some key goals for the future include climate neutrality by 2050, a reduction in stress-related illnesses, increased infrastructural resilience and opportunities for greater social engagement. Already, mobile giant Siemens, which has headquarters in the city, implemented a Traffic Control Center back in 2006. The system uses up-to-the-minute data to deliver drivers to their destinations as efficiently as possible. Meanwhile energy company Stromnetz Berlin is working to digitise the power supply and use open data to allow the grid to respond dynamically to demand.



Credit: Berlin by gruenderszene.de


Tel Aviv: Middle Eastern Tech Hub
A major regional tech hub, Tel Aviv’s smart city status has been secured for some time now, with projects such as the installation of sensors on street cameras, street lighting and traffic lights and smart irrigation systems - of great importance in this water-scarce area. In an innovative break from the norm, rather than focusing on efficiency through technology, the city’s DigiTel initiative places a firm emphasis on creating a constructive dialogue between the municipality and its residents. The interactive interface helps citizens carry out all manner of civic business online, gathering valuable data all the while.



Credit: Tel Aviv by jpost.com

24 / 11 / 2016 // by LigaStudios Team


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