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How Big Data Helps Build Smart Cities

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  • Theoretically at least, smart cities can fundamentally change our lives at many levels such as less pollution, garbage, parking problems and more energy savings.
  • Whatever the stage the smart city implementation is at globally, big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) have the power to drive the implementation.
  • Big data and the IoT are going to work with other software and hardware to lead the vision of smart city to fruition.
  • This will result in a lot of energy savings.The example of Songdo above has already given some ideas on how can big data and IoT contribute to smart city development.
  • So, batteries on mobile devices will last more and there will lesser need to charge the devices frequently.The above list is by no means exhaustive and has been provided for illustration only.The graphic below nicely sums up the impact big data can have in building smart cities.


Smart cities face serious challenges prior to widespread acceptance, but their integrated use of Big Data, IoT, and other technologies to solve contemporary urban issues should eventually lead to their adoption.

Smart cities face serious challenges prior to widespread acceptance, but their integrated use of Big Data, IoT, and other technologies to solve contemporary urban issues should eventually lead to their adoption.

There has been a lot of activity around the concept of Smart City for some time. Cities are being identified as future smart cities. Theoretically at least, smart cities can fundamentally change our lives at many levels such as less pollution, garbage, parking problems and more energy savings. Though the prospect seems mouth-watering, the implementation of the smart city concept around the world has been sporadic at best because of several reasons. Whatever the stage the smart city implementation is at globally, big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) have the power to drive the implementation. Big data and the IoT are going to work with other software and hardware to lead the vision of smart city to fruition. However, the path ahead is full of challenges.

A real-life example of big data helping build smart city

The South Korean city of Songdo is an appropriate example of how big data has changed it. Songdo is located just 40 miles from Seoul and 7 miles from the Incheon International Airport. Songdo has 1500 acres of land reclaimed from the city and 40% of its area is earmarked as open area. Although we hear a lot about smart cities these days, the vision of building Songdo into a completely connected…

How Big Data Helps Build Smart Cities

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