The National Smart City Living Labs in the Netherlands will be working with the data visualization company, IMAGEM, to provide solutions that will ultimately improve quality of life in cities of Breda, Dordrecht, Helmond, Leidschendam-Voorburg, Rijswijk, Veldhoven, and Zoetermeer. IMAGEM has developed location-intelligence based solutions to monitor the effects of policies in cities and provide decision and policymakers with information for evidence-based decision making.
“Almost everything has a location. It is hence logical to link geospatial technology to data sources that indicate the status of smart cities. Collaborating with IMAGEM solutions in the living lab, helps us visualize the complexity of the smart cities,” says Hans Nouwens, program director for the National Smart City Living Lab.
The company combines content, business workflows, and geoprocessing into a single application to produce visualizations. National Smart City Living Lab members will be able to use dashboards designed specifically for their cities – smart emission, smart economic zone, smart reporting, smart roads, smart sewer, smart lighting, and smart charging stations. They will also have the opportunity to customize the dashboards and create new ones.
“Visualising data is important to monitor the effects of policy. The advantage of using this technology is the ability to combine multi-source datasets with location intelligence for data-driven decision making by creating information for insights and knowledge. The dashboards dynamically correlate multi-source data from sensors, satellite and aerial images, to field surveys; and project them on maps. These cloud-based dashboards significantly shorten the time between making decisions and taking action,” says Niels van de Graaf, segment manager – government at IMAGEM.