Amsterdam, Barcelona and San Francisco to share big data
Three cities - Amsterdam, Barcelona and San Francisco - have agreed to collaborate on a common platform, called Cityzenith 5D Smart City, to use and share their data.
City governments are collecting unprecedented amount of data. Without technology, 90 per cent of data will be useless because it remains unstructured and not easily accessible.
Cityzenith 5D Smart City is a cloud-based open platform that consolidates a diverse cross-section of city data sources on to a user-friendly single point-of-view interface.
It visualises data onto a 3D city model that makes it easy for anyone - stakeholders, government officials, commercial partners, and citizens - to understand.
The open platform allows users to create applications to solve challenges commonly faced by cities, for example traffic congestion, urban planning, sustainability, public safety and more.
These applications can be shared with global partner cities through the 5D Smart App Market, so that city leaders can learn best practices from their counterparts and enhance public administration.
San Francisco Department of the Environment Director Melanie Nutter commented on the importance of data in her city’s greening efforts and goals.
By engaging with counterparts in cities around the world, Nutter said that they can pool resources and best practices to harness data to improve sustainability and accessibility for citizens.
Privacy will be maintained as the platform allows agencies to control access rights. Cityzenth expects that 25 per cent of data will not be open to public.