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  /  Covid   /  How Cities are Adapting to the New Normal Utilizing Data?

How Cities are Adapting to the New Normal Utilizing Data?

Data can be critical when it comes to long-term development and planning during this pandemic time.

Covid-19 has impacted almost every country on the planet, causing massive economic and healthcare problems. Every country has undergone unrest, and people have looked to the government for direction and leadership. Adoption of technology has been critical in delivering better service to people and enhancing the quality of life in smart cities around the world.

Data can be a valuable tool to control outbreaks and pandemics of disease, and smart-city platforms and technology can use data to efficiently minimize COVID-19 spread. Let’s take into account how data from smart city networks and applications can be used to combat the pandemic.


Reducing Exposure by Using Remote Services

Whether in a water treatment facility, an electric distribution center, or a traffic control center, centralized control room environments are areas where many people must function in a shared setting. Many end-users and owner-operators are now searching for innovative ways to separate operators from one another in order to eliminate coronavirus spread, whether it’s by physical barriers in the centralized control room or a transition to remote operations.



Traffic jams is a big issue in many cities, as it can cost them millions of dollars in taxes. Through analyzing data from transportation agencies, cities can better plan transportation. The analyzed data can reveal trends that can assist authorities enforce data-driven road optimization and ease traffic congestion.

Traditionally, this analysis has been done by the use of travel demand surveys and advanced traffic models and simulations. Predictable traffic trends based on years of ground-truth data acquired were used in these technologies.

But even so, owing to the current pandemic, our traffic trends are no longer well-known or predictable. The majority of people no longer commute to and from work. On weekends, fewer people visit cities, traffic to and from airports has virtually vanished, and commercial vehicles carry different goods to different places and at different frequencies.

Governments must now focus in technologies that can recharacterize this fresh and dynamic post-pandemic standard by focusing on more scalable Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) strategies that can provide dynamic and near-real-time transportation insights.

The importance of intelligent transportation systems to governments and other companies has long been recognized in the transportation industry. Others (including more government agencies) see this opportunity as well, both in terms of operations and finances. They’ve increased their concentration on use cases like recharacterizing post-pandemic traffic control patterns.


Maximize the energy saving possibility

If there is a bright side to this crisis, it is that energy use is being drastically decreased, or at the very least spread from industrial buildings and facilities to residential buildings, as everyone who can operate from home is now doing so. This provides some pretty exciting possibilities for these facilities and infrastructure to save money on electricity. It’s another question whether you can reap the benefits of such cost-cutting opportunities with an efficient building automation or energy management system.