Building a Smarter City: Bigger Isn’t Necessarily Better

While large cities like New York City, London, Paris, and Tokyo often top the world’s smartest cities lists, the reality is that much of the innovation and explosive growth in the Smart City arena is happening in small and midsize cities. 

These cities have demonstrated more agility in their implementation, as they start projects on small scales, iterate to figure out what works, and then scale up their strategy. Small and midsize cities are also turning to do-it-yourself geospatial apps that allow non-geospatial experts to tap into the power of location intelligence, while mitigating the challenges that come from limited technology budgets. 

These were the key themes of a recent Informed Infrastructure guest article by Dave Holmes, Business Consultant at Hexagon’s Geospatial division. 

Dave also highlighted how Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a prime example of a city that is leveraging geospatial innovations to both visualize and understand its most pressing challenges. 

Specifically, the article discusses how the city is employing M.App Enterprise, Hexagon’s enterprise solution for building and hosting apps for dynamic visualization of location-based data. City leaders used the solution to leverage  and combine existing enterprise GIS data with other departmental data sources such as financial data, 311 citizen request-for-service data, and traffic data.  

Hexagon’s Geospatial division is committed to helping cities leverage advanced data visualization and analytics solutions. 

  • Smart Cities in Action in Baton Rouge, LA: The City of Baton Rouge has created Hexagon Smart M.Apps to visualize and understand their most pressing problems. The Smart M.Apps are not only helping the Mayor-President’s Office and the District Attorney analyze and visualize blighted property data, but they also empower the Finance Department to utilize the power of location by providing accurate answers to questions about lost tax-exempt revenue by location. 
  • Integrytis Visualizes the Impact of Pollution on Public Health: Using Hexagon’s LuciadRIA, Integrytis enhanced its EPOD big data platform to dynamically visualize the richness of data collected and processed. The new perspective offers them a better understanding of health concerns that plague citizens and health organizations in France. 
  • Interactive Dashboard for Monitoring Road Conditions: Based on Smart M.App technology, the Municipality of Tynaarlo in the Netherlands is using dynamic, interactive spatial dashboards to monitor the quality of roads in their jurisdiction. The municipality uses the solution to correlate road information such as location, building materials (asphalt, concrete, and pavement), and usage with budget and policies, using actual data collected over the last ten years. 

Hexagon offers best-of-breed innovations that solve the widest range of challenges for Smart Cities. By combining location-based data and business intelligence, we empower your municipality to meet the needs of digital and safety-related city developments in real time.