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Smart Dashboards for cities: digital urban services

by Azahara 31/Jul/2018

Cities are, after all, great systems in which very different departments work together with the common goal of improving the quality of life of the citizen. All these sources of information need to be channeled and processed in some way to have all the data in one place to work with them effectively. With this objective, smart dashboards are designed. We explain how they work and what benefits they have.

Like private companies, Public Administrations generate a large amount of data. Possibly they have an even greater number of information, which, besides, comes from different sources in many cases not unified. This makes working to discover solutions for the problems of the city more complicated.

The consumption of water or electricity in an area, the traffic of vehicles on a street, the number of crimes that occurred in a specific area of the city, the works that are being carried out… All this is information that a city’s management must handle and take into account when making decisions.

In the case that the different departments (and the information they manage) are not correctly implemented within the general system and function as completely independent cores, there are many connections, which may not be obvious to the naked eye but are there, which they will lose.

The less solid the base (information) on the decisions taken from the executive part of the Public Administration are sustained, the consequences will be less positive results than they could be. And, all this finally has a direct impact on the citizen.

A smart dashboard for the optimization of decision making

Solutions such as CEDUS are born from this need, a ‘city enabler’ developed by Geographica, together with Telefonica, Atos and the Fondazione Bruno Kessler. The objective of this smart dashboard is to search, collect and analyze the geolocated data of a city, both from public and private sources, provided they are involved in the management of the city.

Fortunately, this large challenge due to its scale and the number of agents involved in the project was more affordable thanks to the previous experience developing Urbo, a smart dashboard for smart cities. This knowledge made a difference when it comes to the development of CEDUS.

The difficulty of having a system with different units that are not connected to each other that we spoke before is achieved through this solution that has the automatic detection of service providers and their subsequent integration into the platform in which all the data ends up converging.

The unification of all these data is what enables the subsequent analysis and processing to be of the highest possible quality. Therefore, the decisions taken on the basis of these end equally benefited.

The last and definitive step is to capture all the information gathered and unified on a map, which allows having a completely clear and intuitive visual representation. In this way, the decision-making process is carried out in the most informed way possible.

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All this information not only provides a general image of the current state of all systems that make up the city, but also allows analyzing and discovering trends and behaviors that are repeated over time, which can predict future incidents and devise solutions before that they occur.

Once the problems have been localized, the application of solutions is also done more quickly and efficiently thanks to the collaboration with the companies that must provide these complementary services have access to all the necessary information through applications.

In addition to the obvious advantages for the management of public administration, centralized information can also be channeled and made public through apps. This makes citizens know much more about their city and what situation it is in.

At a time when transparency is one of the values most demanded by citizens, this type of solution is necessary for city governments to maintain an open and sincere relationship and, in addition, encourage greater closeness and confidence between both parties.

This transparency and openness of the Administration works as an engine of change and innovation, as it provides the raw materials on which other people can devise and create new solutions. The more people collaborate, the better positive effects for citizenship in general.

In short, a smart dashboard is extremely beneficial for a public administration when it comes to managing the city, since it offers a perspective of all the data it receives from different sources and allows a much more informed decision making, which will be translated in much more positive results for the citizen.

TAGSdigital transformationSmart Cities

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