Join our Smart Cities Webinar Series: Avoiding Smart City Data Silos


Webinar on Wednesday, September 20th featuring Current, Powered by GE.

As cities increasingly rely on sensor technology in their Smart City initiatives, conversations about what the Smart City is and should be are becoming more widespread. As a vendor in this space, OpenDataSoft has been putting a lot of thought recently into the subject.

We began a Smart City series this summer including a comprehensive introduction to the Smart City, a 3-part series on how Smart City technology can help mayors of American Cities uphold pledges made under the Paris Climate Agreement, and most recently, an in-depth look at how cities can become smart through data.

Avoiding Smart City Data Silos

One common theme that we see time and again is the difficulty cities encounter in managing the data being produced at all levels. Governments, individuals with their smartphones, and an elaborate network of sensors are constantly generating volumes of data, the likes that we have never seen before.

Cities use Smart City technology to achieve many civic goals, which include engaging citizens to have an increased diversity of opinion in questions of governance, building community, decentralizing, and becoming more efficient places through a better understanding of how their city moves and functions. However, with all these devices and the competing commercial interests coming from the multiple vendors in the space, there is a great risk of data siloing taking place. Data siloing could take place when all the different devices in a smart city produce data which are then stored on their own platforms, isolated and not necessarily interoperable with other city data. This puts at risk the optimal use of these data.

One of the fundamental uses of the OpenDataSoft platform is a data aggregator, acting as a central hub where cities can plug multiple data sources to standardize them, make them interoperable, and produce a standard and simple Application Programming Interface (API) that can be used by communities to develop solutions and services based on Smart City data. We believe that this bottom-up approach to the Smart City development will make these experiments successful.

Partnerships to fill the gaps

This is why we work with Smart City providers like Current, powered by GE, Cisco, Waze, and many more to build connections to our platform and in the end strengthen the reuse potential of data in multiple communities. Our list of partners is available here, many of which are companies in the Smart City Space.

On Wednesday, September 20th, join OpenDataSoft and Current, Powered by GE, for a webinar to discuss these and other challenges of the Smart City, and what solutions are out there to address them. We will feature Austin Ashe, the General Manager at Current, powered by GE Intelligent Cities, with Franck Carassus, co-founder and COO at OpenDataSoft and Roger Hodskins, Vice President of Strategic Alliances at OpenDataSoft. The three will have a round-table conversation to discuss the problem of Smart City data silos, why they are a road-block to Smart City success, and how they can be overcome through public-private partnerships. The partnership between OpenDataSoft and Current, Powered by GE will serve as an example.

The following video demonstrates just how OpenDataSoft’s Smart City Hub acts as an intermediary between public and private data. In this example, the OpenDataSoft platform seamlessly integrates government open data with two private data sources coming from a bike share company and sensors within the Current, powered by GE data network.

The video shows three sources of data, all of which could either stay in the silos within their original source, or which could be put in one place for standardization and reuse. In this case, members of city government working on projects of how to optimize pedestrian traffic and increase bike use, or citizen groups alike, such as bike activist groups, can use the data and easily build maps to get a better understanding of the dynamics between bike accessibility and walking.

And this is just one example. By putting the data all in one place, the OpenDataSoft platform enables bottom-up community interaction.

Don’t forget to join our webinar on September 20th, to learn more about this use case and to see many others, as well as to learn about the Current, powered by GE ecosystem and Smart City Solutions!


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