Putting the ‘smart’ in smart city: Getting data management right to build the city of the future

The effective management of data is fundamental to the successful construction of the smart cities of the future

Currently, the UK is struggling to create truly smart cities. Effectively integrating physical, digital and human systems in a built environment is a difficult task and one which requires robust data management and analysis. Without this, cities around the country will continue the uphill battle to interconnect information and deliver a sustainable, prosperous and efficient living environment for their residents.

The data challenge

Creating a smart city depends on how well organizations can share and analyze the vast amount of data being generated by new technologies. Without the ability to share vital information in real time, businesses operating both in the private and public sector can’t develop the applications that support automation, nor the software solutions that form the ‘smart’ capabilities of a city and its infrastructure.

What’s more, deriving value from data is central to the evolution of smart cities, and delving into bigger-picture information is key to generating insights into how tech systems are performing. From this, organizations can understand where there can be efficiencies gained and where data can be used to drive the development of smart infrastructure.

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The good news is that there are a host of solutions that organizations can employ to share and analyze data. In fact, London’s newest chief digital officer (CDO) has undertaken an open consultation to gain insights from technology experts about how best to advance the capital’s standing as a smart city and the types of IT that could form the roadmap of success.

To put smart city strategies into practice, here are key pieces of technology that every public and public organization should be using:

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