Data analytics continues to play a key role in helping cities become zero-carbon, improve urban mobility, and better manage their infrastructure in a secure, sustainable, and cost-effective manner – in other words, smart. Smart Energy brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Data analytics: The key to delivering smart cities.

The number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices deployed across all parts of the urban environment continues to grow and has the potential to change our understanding of how smart cities work. Developments in big data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and data visualization have proven themselves by providing city managers and leaders with tools to help make sense of these data flows.

The benefits offered by big data are an important element of many smart city strategies. One simple and approachable example is how predictive analysis of traffic and transport patterns can reduce congestion and improve the efficiency of public transport services.

Melody K. Smith

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