The world seems to be caught in a spiral of collecting more and more data, with an estimate of 44 trillion gigabytes of data to be created by 2020. Data about who we are, what we do, when we do it, how and why we do it. Putting aside the question of privacy and whether or not we are getting closer to an 1984 scenario, why do we collect data? Why do we think it is a useful thing to do?
The number of people living in urban areas keeps increasing year after year, and it is estimated that 70% of the population will live in cities by 2050. Managing ever growing cities is becoming more and more challenging, with urban areas turning into day-long traffic jams and frustrating parking lots.
So how important are smart cities for urban planning and urban management?