Most municipalities have quite a few challenges on the agenda. Several categories play an important role. Many smart cities or smart cities to be are focused on improving the quality of life for the residents while also keeping up with technological advancements and sustainability.
There are environmental topics like climate change, waste processing, and air quality. Internet of Things devices and sensors help to measure statistics. They also serve to keep track of progress in both real-time and historical records. In the end, they intend to improve the quality of life for residents, the environment, and all other living things in the municipality.
Mobility represents another topic with challenges like traffic jams, parking challenges, and safety. Here, smart (IoT) applications like connected traffic lights, parking space counters, and many other connected applications provide insight into bottlenecks and areas to improve. It also provides (real-time) insight into current situations and helps with event management.
Many sensor technologies are employed to measure information which means large quantities of connected devices. They can swiftly become a costly and complicated infrastructure. The impact on residents can be huge. Related topics are access to renewable energy or internet access. Examples are endless in today’s fast-changing society.
A municipality is not ultimately responsible for all these matters. However, it does have a crucial directing power. The world, its cities, and residents are becoming increasingly digital, which strengthens the management function. A picture of the (near) future is provided by combining the correct data sources and executing analysis of existing data. The process could either be (partly) automated or fully manual.
In addition to their applications and data sources, a municipality is gaining more and more access to all kinds of data sources, whether public or not. A good example is citizen science, where residents actively participate in shared goals. Citizen science projects increase the amount of relevant data from external sources. Unlocking additional or multiple data sources at once is often quite a challenge. Not to mention using this data for predictions to timely act upon or embarking on technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning.
With the modular and open-source solution 1OPTIC, a municipality can advance through the steps of the data maturity model.
Data access, data warehousing, data lakes, dashboarding, reports, automatic follow-up of notifications, geographical views, predictions, and much more are possible with 1OPTIC. Keep in mind that every journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In this case, to successfully take the first step of the data maturity model, the extraction of data itself should be in order.
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