What is a Robust Data Foundation?
In societies where the demand for and use of digital services has multiplied, it should now be a prerequisite to upgrade systems to meet these needs. This must be done while explaining to users how their data will be used, ensuring its protection and creating an atmosphere of trust in the system.
Blueprint for Digital Transformation in a Resilient City1
PRIORITIZATION OF ISSUES
Optimized dispatching and synchronized traffic lights could cut emergency response times by 20-35 percent.
E-hailing can reduce traffic fatalities by more than 1 percent by reducing impaired driving.
Technology can empower people to take charge of their health, preventing disease rather than treating it after the fact.
Remote patient monitoring systems have the potential to reduce the burden of healthcare costs in high-income cities by more than 4 percent.
In many parts of the developing world, the biggest source of water waste is leakage from pipes. Deploying sensors and analytics can cut those losses by up to 25 percent.
USE CASES AND DIGITAL APPLICATIONS
ADOPTION AND USAGE
Intelligent syncing of traffic signals could reduce average commutes by more than 5 percent in developing cities where most people travel by bus.
Use of Technology to Enable Use Cases for Smart City Management
WATER AND WASTE
Finally, just to re-emphasize, systems need updating. It is not a question of modernization. There are compelling arguments behind the reality that has thrown financial systems into a post-pandemic modernization frenzy. One is the high cost of maintaining outdated technology. But there are also the dwindling numbers of legacy systems specialists and their incompatibility with new technologies, among other factors.
In some ways, this new reality is a positive legacy arising from a pandemic that was devastating on so many levels. And dealing with outdated IT systems today represents a fresh new insight to be considered in city management. Ultimately, good governance and efficient management will remain critical to building a solid data foundation.