How cities can make use of data

  • Published: January 17, 2019
  • Categories: M2M/IoT, Cloud, Smart City, Big Data
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Did you know that Bonn’s Beethoven monument in the heart of the city shows the different types of music in its pedestal that Beethoven composed? Such information will soon be available to everyone via Bonn’s citizen portal, powered by the Data Intelligence Hub of Deutsche Telekom.

Cities already collect a lot of data. They use traffic and environmental sensors that provide information on current traffic or collect air and water quality data. Other possible applications include smart parking, smart street lighting or smart waste management. Combining data from various sources will enable city planners to gain even more valuable insights. 

The city of Bonn is one of the first partners of the Data Intelligence Hub and will initially use it in the form of a citizens’ portal, which allows everyone to retrieve information about sights, locations of WLAN hotspots and taxi ranks, or dates of garbage collection. But the Data Intelligence Hub also opens up new opportunities for companies. For example, with the collected data, a logistics company can accurately understand if, when, why, and where a delivery is delayed. Now they can counteract in real time and reduce waiting times and storage costs and plan reliably. What’s more, the Data Intelligence Hub provides the opportunity for companies to monetize their data in a transparent and secure manner.

The top priorities when implementing the Data Intelligence Hub are safety and trust. The transfer of data is encrypted and exclusively between the selected partners. As a cloud-based solution, the Data Intelligence Hub is accessible around the clock and independent of device and system. It was created in close cooperation with the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA), of which Deutsche Telekom is a member. Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Technology (ISST), virtual data rooms are to be created for the secure exchange of data across international borders.

For more information about the Data Intelligence Hub, see https://dih.telekom.net/ .

Oh and for those of you who have not got rid of their Christmas tree yet, bonnorange comes on Friday, 18th January to pick them up 😉 

Author: Robin Mülhausen IoT / Smart Cities Enthusiast
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