We consider smart cities “smart” because of the intelligent way they exploit their data. In the subsequent years, intelligence grows, making the city “smarter” as the number of initiatives increase. Those smart gains include (but are not limited to) economic growth, infrastructure investment, and improved quality of life.
So how does data work its way into the equation?
It’s common knowledge that collecting data is part of any citizen’s day. If you:
- Use SNAP benefits
- Pay a parking ticket
- Renew your driver’s license
You are producing data.
Whomever is collecting this information has the ability to know enough about you to develop a profile of what services you use and how much. But, data in its raw form doesn’t provide much insight into citizen activities. To begin with, you must integrate the data to effectively begin the process of analysis. And that’s just the start.
Once the data is integrated, cleansing and harmonizing provide additional benefits. This way your data is standardized, complete, and valid. Using mastered data ensures that the 360-degree view of the citizen is available, making data driven decisions possible.
This is only one type of use of data that arises from a smart city. There are many things the civilian workforce can use data for. Some of which are:
- Measure citizen behavior to control illegal activity
- Keep tabs on infrastructure in order to improve efficiency
- Ensure natural resources enhance the quality of life
- Administer programs that benefit the surrounding community
And the data collected to better understand trends within their electorate. Infrastructure improves the quality of life, using operational systems in a way that maximizes their effectiveness, or even government providing improved services automatically to their citizens.