Big Data and Smart Cities ! Hot Topic
The cities of the future will be smarter and more sustainable than today. They will be safer, more efficient and more comfortable. The cities will be more interactive and they will autonomously adopt to changing situations. This whole will be enabled by existing and emerging technologies and ways of handling enormous amount of data.
“Big data” is an all-encompassing term for such data – being so large or complex – that it becomes difficult to process using traditional methods and tools. The challenges include analysis, searching, sharing, storing, visualizing, and privacy related issues.
In a Smart City, the things producing and sharing data usually rely on Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
These technologies allow us to connect and manage millions of connected devices, such as;
- smart meters
- sensors (e.g. temperature, location, consumption, heart rate, light, movement, altitude and speed sensors),
- surveillance systems (e.g. video cameras)
in the Smart City.
Big data processing makes it possible to use all of that data, and to correlate it with other sources of data turning the data into meaningful information. Meaningful information helps us to make more intelligent decisions, save money, and resources.
This kind of transformation helps us eventually improve the quality of our lives in several fronts. Public safety, transportation, energy management, traffic management, garbage collection, could be those areas that are benefiting the most of this transformation.