The Data Challenge
Most of the data collected by government agencies and private sector partners sit in silos. The data is generally used to solve a single or small number of problems and isn’t shared unless requested. At that point, the data format may not be compatible with the requested use. Citizens have no idea what is being collected, how it is used or how they can access the data.
Every time an agency decides to collect new data, it typically has to invest in hardware, software and data storage. Staff spends time on developing policies and processes. This investment of time and money is duplicated over and over within and across many agencies.
So a “not so smart” city may have data management systems that are expensive and inefficient. They may not foster collaboration and innovation, or optimize value to users and the public who pay for it.
The Smart North Florida Integrated Data Exchange will break down those silos by creating a place to store and share data, while making it useful and accessible to everyone.
In addition to existing data collection efforts, new sensors will gather data that will go into a Data Lake. The Data Lake holds all the raw unprocessed data, which will be partitioned with access controls. Some data will be available to explore and analyze in the Sandbox.
The data will be processed and analyzed for different needs. Data from multiple sources in various formats will be refined and combined so it works together. The refined data are stored in a virtual Warehouse.
Finally the data is cataloged and published, so it will be accessible to everyone. Data will be available in a variety of formats including dashboards, spreadsheets, GIS files and maps.
What’s in it for me?
Smart North Florida projects will all feed into the Data Exchange to solve problems and create opportunities. Whether you are a citizen, business or government agency, you will find valuable benefits from the data collected and shared.
Let’s look at one example - the Pedestrian Sensor.
Imagine that pedestrian sensors are embedded in light posts. What are the benefits - now and in the future?
Immediately, the pedestrian sensor can tell the streetlight near you to become brighter so drivers will be more aware of your presence.
The sensor data that goes into the Data Exchange can be analyzed to see if a new pedestrian crossing and signals are needed at a particular location. Combined with other traffic data, it can predict potential crash locations and help planners and engineers decide what improvements are needed.
The success of streetscape improvements to increase “walkability” can be measured with pedestrian sensor data. As data is gathered and analyzed over time, it can predict which investments will have the greatest benefit.
Pedestrian sensor data can inform the location of bike share and other mobility service hubs, wayfinding kiosks and related pedestrian services.
The data can also be analyzed to help you decide where to locate a retail business. Once your store is open, you can use pedestrian data to decide whether to advertise on a wayfinding kiosk nearby.
If you sell or lease commercial properties, the pedestrian data can be combined with other inputs such as property type, price and size to create a commercial real estate application.
You could use pedestrian data to create a wide variety of apps and services. The opportunities are endless!