Connecting Your City With Big Data
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Smart city is a term used to describe the act of designing a city or more agile and sustainable urban development to support life – in areas that include roads, traffic control, sewage systems, security, health, and all other aspects of technology.
The evolution of big data and Internet of Things (IoT) has an important role in smart city initiation. Big data offers opportunities for governments in cities to gain valuable insights of the large amount of data collected from various sources. The combination of IoT and big data is an untouched research area that has brought new and interesting challenges in effort to achieve smart cities in the future. These challenges focus on issues related to business and technology that enable a city government to realize its vision, principles and requirements for implementing smart city.
Although Big Data has produced a lot of hype, the concepts that have been applied are relatively small. There are still many new things that could have been explored further with big data. However, its potential for human analysis is clear. It makes the perfect and integral part of smart city planning and development.
As the population grows and resources are scarce, the efficiency of using these limited goods becomes more important. Smart city is a key factor in the consumption of goods and resources. Built and integrated with big data, the cities of the future will be realized in the present.
How Big Data and IoT Were Used in Traffic Management
Nobody likes traffic jam – from city dwellers, developers, and commuters around the world, congestion is the biggest threat. Integration of big data and the Internet of things platform in the form of clouds and car networks and sensors that are interconnected, means that traffic management will be easier and more efficient.
The concept of big data and IoT means the volume of traffic that should be allowed at certain times can be set. Information can be collected in real time by using sensors, cameras, wearable gadgets and smart devices. With a rapid surge of interconnected vehicles, agencies and startups use data analytics and cellular networks to help cities manage traffic more efficiently.
Traffic statistic in Indonesia is not so good, especially in the city of economic centers. Based on the research conducted by Inrix in 2017, Jakarta is ranked 12th most jammed city in the world, up from its previous position in 2016 which was ranked 22nd. Even worse, in Asia Jakarta was 2nd, only losing to Bangkok. The duration of congestion felt by motorists in Jakarta, within an average time of 63 hours with a portion of 20 percent.
The problem in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, is that Jakarta has a very large population but very few roads and transportation systems. Also, Jakarta lacks the use of the latest smart transportation systems such as traffic lights optimation or dynamic lanes usage.
In this case, Big Data can be used to solve the traffic problems in Jakarta as major cities of developed countries done it. The problem is that most big data solution come from abroad and not really understand what Indonesia really needs. But, there’s one tool originated from Indonesia named Paques.
Paques carries the analytic self-service feature and the data lake concept can facilitate the processing of traffic data in Indonesia and converted them into valuable insights quickly and efficiently. With self-service analytic, Paques can be operated by various people with different backgrounds. Paques also has the concept of data lake, where existing data can be directly processed by Paques without going through the process of changing data ti save time and resources.
Connecting City to The Future
With population growth and technological developments such as big data and the Internet of Things, it’s only natural that cities will take a step to connect every aspect of the city itself. There are millions of sensors installed, monitoring various matters in the metropolis cities. Soon, these sensors will add to the amount that can be obtained, from street lights and trash cans to road conditions and energy use.
This smart cities concept will enable the government to utilize their resources, reduce energy consumption, and build cities with maximum efficiency. Big data is very important to understand how people in cities move, how energy is used, how various aspects of infrastructure interact, and more.
Traffic has a significant effect on life and efficiency in cities. The correct use of data and sensors will help manage traffic efficiently regardless of population spikes. Smart traffic management aims to make driving in the city more smoothly and efficiently. As smart city evolves, services and infrastructure will be more integrated. Over time, problems such as traffic, waste management, and energy conservation will benefit greatly from the concepts of Internet of things and Big Data.