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Big Data, the IoT, and the Future of Smart Cities

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

By 2050, an estimated 70% (6.9 billion) of the world’s population will live in cities. By comparison, roughly 55% (4.2 billion) lived in cities in 2017, which would be an increase of 2.7 billion over the next thirty years.

With global job markets turning away from manufacturing and moving toward a more information-based structure, the most innovative and smart cities will continue to appeal to a more technologically talented workforce which will in turn attract successful businesses. The concept of smart cities is becoming increasingly popular with local and state governments with the growing capacity of the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and edge computing to manage big data. In emerging smart cities such as London, Seoul, New York, and Singapore (which was recently awarded the title of 2018 Smart city of the year by the Smart City Expo World Congress), these smart solutions to the collection and application of big data are in place to actively reduce operational costs and improve efficiency.

Big data plays an integral role in smart cities through acquisition, storage, analysis and management of data

Effective use of big data helps solve many issues in cities such as traffic congestion, healthcare provisions, criminal activity, and access to information and other digital services, thus increasing citizen quality of life. Singapore ranked #1 in a 2017 global performance index survey across four categories: mobility, health, safety, and productivity.

  • Increased mobility decreases congestion, commute time, and pollution; mobility also increases productivity, efficiency, and quality of life

  • Health and wellness are increased with speed and ease of access to in-person or remote care, in addition to promotion of walking/cycling as a mode of transport, resulting in increased air quality through decreased vehicle traffic

  • Public safety is increased through smart video surveillance, predictive modeling of traffic and law enforcement patrol to reduce crime and need for emergency service response

  • Productivity is increased through ease of access to digital services, resulting in reduction or elimination of commutes, and more efficient use of resources

Big data plays an integral role in smart cities through acquisition, storage, analysis and management of data from strategically placed municipal sensors and IoT devices to monitor and predict patterns affecting a city and its citizens. Creating comprehensive and resilient networks is key to big data enablement and recognizing its role in the future of the global market.

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