Big Data & Open Data Keys to Smart Cities, Part 1

When it comes to creating so-called smart cities, analytics are playing a bigger role in the process. This is particularly true of big data and its close cousin, "open data," which looks to gather information from sensors, as well as people, and make that data available to software developers who then create new products for citizens.

The increasing use of big and open data in the push to create smart cities is evident in a July 29 report from market research firm IHS. It predicts that the total number of smart cities will quadruple over the next 12 years. This means there will be 88 smart cities -- as defined by IHS by 2025 -- as opposed to just 21 in 2013.

This smart-city boom also represents a lot of money, specifically more than $12 billion in investments by 2025, compared with just over a $1 billion last year, according to the report, entitled "Smart Cities: Business Models, Technologies and Existing Projects."

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Big Data & Open Data Keys to Smart Cities, Part 1

IHS analysts reveal that big data and its close cousin, open data, are laying the foundations for how metropolises can change the way we think about governance, infrastructure, public safety, and more.

Re: Getting Smarter
  • 8/2/2014 5:04:31 PM

@Seth   You are absolutely right.  I hadn't thought of it in that sense, as we have needed to re-tool infrastructures for decades now.  I  don't want to give lawmakers too much credit - this whole smartness that results from long over due infrastructure improvements is just a benefit they for the most part un-knowingly backed into.  


But we will take it where we can get it.   In general, I don't have much faith in major public undertakings like infrastructure.  It just seems to me that a large check is cut ( at taxpayer expense ) and then it takes literally years to get anything done.  


And the entire time the ones paying for it ( the taxpayers ) are inconvenienced to no end.

Re: Getting Smarter
  • 8/2/2014 4:35:59 PM

Public transporation is a huge part of having a smart city. The amount of cars they take of the road is an important part of keeping the climate healthy.  Also, it is a huge part of keeping a cities economy thriving.

Los Angeles has a long way to go, especially due to the land size of it all and the sprawl. Living there with out a car is pretty close to impossible.

Re: Getting Smarter
  • 8/2/2014 4:22:07 PM

@Seth   I think it is smart ( no pun intended ) that Cities become smart.  With technology commonplace - Smart cities are a natural outcome.  I live in Los Angeles which from a city perspective is probably behind the times as far as smartness goes.   I don't know for sure because I don't go into the city much.

It seems trains are the big focus.  But not to take this too far off topic, but IMO the basic infrastructure of most cities needs to be addressed before they can truly consider themselves smart.

Getting Smarter
  • 8/2/2014 2:02:22 PM

I count myself lucky to be in one of the cities that is getting smarter.  I've seen many changes in San Francisco. San Francisco among growing list of "smart cities"

Smart cities will play a vital part of how humanity adapts to growing populations and climate change.

I'm also happy to see the number of smart cities increasing.  It is predicted that there will be 88 smart cities by 2025.Number of smart cities seen to rise four-fold through 2025

India is pushing for 100 smart cities. This article "Cities of the future? Indian PM pushes plan for 100 'smart"makes an interesting point. ""Cities in the past were built on riverbanks," Modi said in a June speech. "They are now built along highways. But in the future, they will be built based on availability of optical fiber networks and next-generation infrastructure."