The lifeblood of business is data. The same applies to cities, especially smart cities. Boston’s new data warehouse platform, launched internally through the city’s analytics team, will set the city up for success as future emerging technologies are implemented. This interesting news came to our attention by State Scoop in their article, “Boston’s new centralized data platform is the city’s starting point for predictive analytics.”

A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect data and then use these data to manage assets and resources efficiently. The smart city concept integrates information and communication technology, as well as various physical devices connected to the IoT network to optimize the efficiency of city operations and services and connect to citizens.

This represents a commitment to centralization of data and services. Boston partnered with Civis Analytics to concentrate the government’s data in one location

“The idea with centralization is that we move away from having multiple copies of the same data in different places that different people are pointed to and toward everyone working with the same data source,” said city’s chief data officer, Stefanie Costa Leabo.

Melody K. Smith

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