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Essentials to build smart cities

By Gov CIO Outlook | Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Rising problems of overpopulation, climate change, drought, loss of biodiversity, and increasing urbanization led to the point where the concept of smart cities has been accelerated. A smart city is beneficial for the citizens because it comes with remarkable advantages and opportunities that enable governments to face the challenges in the present world. 

Co-designing the future: Location intelligence is the key to collaborate the planning to design a smart city. The planners and the public should have access to open and connected spatial data to understand the challenges the cities face. Also, they should have access to use the proper tools and resources to address the hurdles. Platforms should be developed that brings together data of cities, visualization, and analytics and collaboration technology. Citizens should be able to join the platform to contribute data, provide feedback, create, and share analysis. Governments of some countries have developed open portals for participatory mapping to address any issues in the country.

Predicting with AI: Artificial intelligence plays a crucial role in building a city smart with digital transformation helping the team to understand behavior and act accordingly. It helps geospatial analysts to automate information processing and expand the understanding. AI-driven algorithms enable the planners to mitigate traffic by designing better roads. Some countries use platforms that connect citizens to local goods and services and provide traffic information. Machine learning support drivers with traffic information and create reliable driving directions.

Serving with information in real-time: Rise of sensors, use of drones, and handheld devices has made real-time GIS (geographic information system) come to the fore. Location intelligence helps by providing information about what is happening everywhere at the moment it is occurring. Applications ensure real-time and predictive weather insights that enable governments to respond quickly to the weather issues.

Cities are starting to leverage geospatial technology and design to create a more sustainable environment. Location intelligence is the key that helps in shaping future cities. AI technologies drive a massive transformation by supporting governments in the way of advancing the cities.

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