Data: Can it relieve Britain’s infrastructure?
Britain’s infrastructure is just about managing at the minute. The population is rising non-stop, leading to a massive increase in the number of journeys, and a huge strain on the various systems in place, be it transport, utilities or tourism.
Our Rail network’s are facing huge pressures, particularly in London and dense population areas.
Our Airports are almost full to capacity. The pressure on rail and roads has lead to more people using the airports, and cities like London are experiencing new highs of overcrowding.
Road traffic is rising dramatically, leading to record levels of congestion. On average, UK road users spend 36 hours a year in traffic jams. That’s 2 days and 1 night, stuck in traffic. Worst nightmare ever springs to mind. It is also said to have a knock on effect towards the UK’s tourism industry, as well as decreasing productivity of our road users.
Telecoms firms are under pressure to provide faster broadband for both leisure and work, from gaming & streaming to shopping and video calling.
Mobile firms are being forced to reshape their business models, with more of an emphasis on data and internet speed. Calls and texts are becoming less important as apps such as Skype, Facetime and WhatsApp provide alternate online solutions.
Even water and energy are dealing with change. They need to respond to price cuts in line with falling gas and oil prices.
The current situation brings for grim reading, coupled with the fact Public sector investment is forecast to fall to 1.45% by 2020 (the rate was 3.2% 2010).
The answer to this problem lies in the data – and how intelligent and effective we can make it to fuel improved levels of service.
For example, Transport for London has used data to transform their transport infrastructure. They implemented an asset management system, which analyses all of their digital and physical assets to provide up to date information to its users/passengers, in real-time.
Mobile and telecoms companies are using location intelligence to improve their services. They can gather insights such as where their customers live, work and spend leisure time. They can also find areas of low signal strength that they need to improve, and pinpoint best location's for cell towers. BT has implemented location intelligence across all its organisations so watch this space.
Digitally connected cities are able to drive invaluable data to their systems, as a result of informed and effective planning decisions that fuel the software and service improvements.
Citizens will reap the many rewards stemming from smart cities – cost effectiveness, sustainable infrastructure, cleaner environments and energy efficient homes to name just a few.
By 2025 there are expected to be 88 smart cities across the world, 31 of those coming from Europe alone.
The foundation for the future is most definitely data.
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