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How data analytics is helping cities against COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact worldwide public safety operations, cities and organizations can improve their response, efficiency and worker’s well-being by deploying solutions that include data analytics. Analytics provide cities and communities with a real-time view/easy to understand actionable insights about how the virus is impacting their citizens.

In these uncharted times, where everything is uncertain, data analytics is the only tool that is widely being used and recognized for its problem-solving, recommendations, predictions, and predictive prowess. These tools have has become essential in decision-making now.

Analytics helps with various urgent tasks and is helping not just cities but also, enterprises like identifying disruptions, forecasting demand, staff/citizen well-being, and determining the effectiveness of crisis intervention strategies, to name a few.

Not just city or community administrators or enterprises, also Health officials are using geospatial data to learn about how COVID-19 affects certain regions and communities. There are citizen mobile apps that enable people to input their symptoms or report their well-being so medical experts can learn more about at-risk zones. Health officials are also using data-driven forecasting and predictions to manage and optimize the allocation of resources in advance of potential local outbreaks. These insights are powered by machine learning algorithms and AI models that offer predictive insights based on the available data about the spread of the disease, such as confirmed cases, deaths, number of hospitals, PPE kits, lab reports, test results, contact tracing, population density, demographics, migration flow, availability of medical resources, and pharma stockpiles.

Our platform CoVER (COVID-19 emergency response platform) is helping more than 20 cities with the right analytics capabilities that can help them answer questions like where the next cluster is most likely to arise, which demographic is most susceptible, and how to optimize the available resources.

CoVER analyzes and transforms the available data into easy to understand visualizations that quickly enable the administrators on how the virus is spreading and what actions can help to contain that spread.

Cities like Bengaluru realized early in the outbreak that it would need its own war room which would be a centralized command and control center dedicated to COVID-19 response.

An initiative by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has helped the state government in managing Covid-19 effectively and drastically flattening the curve in the city. After the war room setup, the biggest task at hand was to capture information about the patients in real-time along with information about primary & secondary contacts. There was a challenge of streamlining the communication between various entities involved. Also, there was an urgent need to try and predict what can unfold in different scenarios, using the data.

Many companies came forward to support the war room to make sense of available information.

In the quest to make it a full-fledged war-room, BMPP bought multiple Partners such as Quantela, PwC, NASSCOM, ESRI, Infosys on board in no time. And an integrated system was put in place and all the systems were integrated to Quantela’s CoVER platform that helped the cities in information ingestion, communication, effective management, and predictive modeling. The platform gave the city administrators an autonomy to view pragmatic actionable insights for more informed decision-making.

City officials later attributed the real-time access to data, quick decision making among other measures that helped the city to contain the spread of coronavirus even in thickly-populated areas.

How is CoVER helping the cities and enterprises to deal with the situation?

It helps them to track the situation quantitatively and qualitatively to understand its magnitude. The platform provides predictions that help the administrators to directionally track and predict the red zones. The predictions also help administrators in responding to the incidents.
The platform creates a multi-dimensional simulation model using robust and contextual variables to produce meaningful predictions customized to the city’s needs.

With the right set of technologies deployed, cities can contain and minimize the impact of this pandemic not only today but also in the future.

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