In COVID-19, Intelligent Urban Exchange, Pandemic, Smart Cities

Nothing clarifies what is truly vital, and what is not, like a crisis.

This is especially true when daily routines, business-as-usual and even community health are threatened. At a time when the COVID-19 virus pandemic is impacting virtually everyone around the globe the need for leaders and emergency responders to get key, accurate and up-to-date information quickly is more critical than ever.

To address this challenge cities and municipalities around the world have been gearing-up to connect their digital and physical systems to the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Over time networks of devices from city-wide domains have been built and are generating data rich streams about everything from streetlights to water mains.

Ironically in times of crisis gaining useful insights from the sheer amount of data produced from connected devices becomes increasingly problematic. The volume of data increases as quickly as the need to make sense of it. Yet tapping cross domain insights in real time could enable a mayor or city manager to understand and proactively address growing concerns among city departments and residents before they become acute – such as redeploying medical equipment to disease hotspots.

Now is the right time for a new approach to city data that makes the power of collective urban intelligence its core principle. Not just to handle emergency events and crisis situations in an optimized manner, but to start treating the city as a platform for transparency, inter department collaboration, citizen participation, and wellness.

Read More:  Learn how smart cities can take the next step and Connect the Dots with Data to more effectively respond to crises like the Covid-19 pandemic in a guest blog post by Ashvini Saxena, Group Head, TCS Digital Software & Solutions Group

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