Big data is changing how we experience cities and enabling us to live healthier, happier and more productive lives. As cities become smarter, big data is being used to reimagine transportation and how we get from A to B.
Every city is producing vast amounts of data every hour and every day. Increasingly this data is being captured and put to work creating new solutions, processes and experiences that improve how a city functions and is enjoyed by citizens.
Data can be used to improve, urban planning, health care, sustainability, transportation and just about every aspect of a city. The “smart” in Smart Cities is about taking this data and rapidly turning it into actionable insights.
According to IBM, a Smart City “makes optimal use of all the interconnected information available today to better understand and control its operations and optimise the use of limited resources”. It makes cities better places to live and enables the best use of what a city’s budgets, space, people and technologies.
By 2021, open and shared data has the potential to add $2.83 billion (10.4 Billion AED) to Dubai’s economy every year, according to a report produced by KPMG. That is a lasting and long-term impact on the city of Dubai and results from using data in a Smart City environment.
While Smart City deployments continue to grow, transportation is an area where we are already seeing the direct impact of data on how citizens live day-to-day. In modern cities, Bike Share Schemes have emerged as a healthy and efficient means of commuting and navigating a city.
These schemes are taking the Smart City concept and applying it to local challenges and succeeding in growing ridership and providing more citizens with healthy and efficient transportation.
It’s this citywide data that is at the heart of the three pillars of smarter public bike sharing system as set out in the Policy Framework for Smart Public-Use Bike Share by the Platform for European Bicycle Sharing & Systems (PEBSS). Data influences how rider priorities are met and how cities offer suitable conditions with sustainable technologies and innovation. Smart Cities support Bike Share Schemes by considering the people, infrastructure and technology elements.
To make data work for Bike Share Scheme operators, it needs to be collected, managed and analysed effectively. This is where Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a crucial role. AI-based platform manages all available data to deliver valuable insights to operators. The illustration below highlights this.