The bulk of smart city design and systems rely on collective intelligence and efficient data collection through a network of connected devices like sensors, IP cameras, and routers.
These devices communicate through the Internet and wireless connections capable of fetching and relaying data in real-time to a robust data infrastructure (like video surveillance systems), which helps in prompt decision making.
As local governments strive to deliver better services, reduce costs and ensure their operations are run smoothly, smarter decisions are vital. Data must drive these decisions, however, for most, it will take a new way of thinking, they need to learn to turn data into actions.
An efficient smart city will impact positively on the life of citizens and promote economic growth. Smart cities feature astounding social infrastructure ranging from smart transport systems, communication, intelligent parking, crowd control, and even reduced environmental pollution.
Despite the numerous benefits and invaluable role of city data in smart city implementation, some challenges must be overcome to ensure maximum impact in communities & promote sustainable urbanization.
Some of such challenges affecting city data collection and implementation including but not limited to:
- Low government & citizen engagement
- Low responsiveness & lack of confidence from citizens due to lack of clarity on benefits from smart cities.
- Bottlenecks in policies & legislations
- Inadequate funding & business models
- Existing infrastructure and technology, which affects coverage and capability.
As cities continue to develop and advance towards attaining a better life and a healthy environment, so does the need for sustainable communities to increase.
Smart cities can only survive for so long if city data are deficient. City-data plays so much important role in the successful administration and management of smart cities.
City-data shortage directly impacts on promoting smart city initiative. Unavailability of data could cripple basic applications of smart cities. How? As societies and economies continue to key into the smart city idea, it poses the challenge of expanding the coverage capabilities of smart city sensors and ICT resources. Failure to meet the data demand would lead to data traffic. Even in cases where smart city programs are already in existence, inefficiency in data collection & data traffic variations raises serious concerns.
However, the issue is often not the shortage of data itself. As we surge towards the fourth industrial revolution, we are expecting a huge growth in data by 2020 fuelled by IoT enabled devices.
The challenge here is the ability to gather, manage and manipulate data safely and effectively to produce actionable insights. This is no easy task!
Increasing data collection sensors, enhancing their connectivity and finally, building a robust system to somehow utilize the collected data for making the operations better, will go a long way in overcoming the vast majority of challenges in smart cities.
Urbanization comes with so many commitments to ensure the wellbeing and guarantee the safety and security of citizens. This can. Only be achieved if the pressure of urban growth is appropriately managed and mitigated.
The solutions to most of the societal and economic challenges lie in smart city formation and reliable city data infrastructure. The answer is an end-to-end city data network that can be streamlined to solving different challenges like affordable electricity supply, good water, and a clean environment.
Safety and security can also guarantee if the smart city systems meet specific data requirements to help map out the likelihood of incidents across an area.
As regards coverage, and capability, the successful deployment of smart city applications will depend on how fast and efficient IoT technology and data infrastructure can be deployed. Post which, the data received from the same to be used for operations enhancements. If this is gotten right, then the efficiency and scalability of smart cities can be achieved which will, in turn, improve the quality of living.
Smart cities are built to promote growth, enhance citizens’ livability, provide sustainable means of dealing with environmental issues like pollution and greenhouse effects, and ultimately delivering efficient public services like transport/mobility, security, energy consumption, and even healthcare.
City-data plays essential roles in bringing all of these to life and citizens and governments must overcome every existing & potential challenge that could hinder city-data processes and applications.