By the year 2050, it’s estimated that two-thirds of the population will be living in urban areas. As a result, city infrastructures will have to change dramatically in order to cope with demand.
Thankfully, developments like artificial intelligence, the internet of things (IoT) and big data will lead to smart cities. Cities that think and react like a human brain. Here are Innovate UK’s predictions for the future of the city.
Open data is changing the world, but it's not just about open data anymore. Data sharing with various permission levels allows for greater problem solving.
USMART has a pioneering pricing plan. We know that opening up data can be a resource intensive process. With our unique freemium pricing scheme, we want to change this by enabling organisations to begin opening up their data for free.
The notion of releasing data into the wild, to be shared, modified and freely used without any consequences or obligations is a scary one.
Open data licences can support data publishers in overcoming the initial fear of opening up data - by making sure that the original database, material and work that is published under the various open data licences is released to the public in a licenced, regulated manner.
The new year brought with it a new exciting challenge from Product Forge: the Future Health Hackathon. For 3 days, 145 entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, clinicians, designers, software engineers and mentors worked side-by-side developing new product ideas for patients, front-line staff and the wider NHS.
We have just released a new super simple USMART feature: the API* Data Explorer.
Every year the International Data Corporation (IDC) issues a prediction around upcoming smart cities trends worldwide. In this post we gathered up the first 5 predictions and complemented them with insights and further resources. The next 5 coming next week. Enjoy!
Does a room full of entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, clinicians, designers, and software engineers spending 3 days and 3 nights side-by-side developing new product ideas for patients, front line staff and the wider NHS - sound good?
We are committed to delivering services and building products that contribute to cyber-safe smart cities. To go beyond a commitment, we joined Securing Smart Cities (SSC), a not-for-profit global initiative that aims to solve the existing and future cybersecurity problems of smart cities. Read more about the threats and how we thrive on delivering super secure products.
The simple answer is yes, but, we know it is not as simple as that. There is growing evidence emerging of the inefficiencies of a closed data culture in central and local government. With this blog post we are making the case for how open data can answer some of the challenges caused by FOI Acts in central and local government bodies, and how potentially going above and beyond publishing statutory information about their activities can result in short, medium and long-term benefits. Enjoy!
We’re back with more USMART! In this post you will get a glimpse of what USMART is today and a wee peek at some features in the making. Pssst! If you want first-hand experience, apply to our beta tester programme!
We soft-launched our brand-new product, USMART, at the DataLab & Product Forge hackathon! USMART is our next-generation open data platform. Participants used the platform as an easy and intuitive way to access data they would play and work with throughout the competition. Read about our experience and how USMART performed.
Over the past couple of months we have been hinting at a data platform that we have been building. The day has come to introduce USMART, and give you a peek of what’s under the hood. We won’t be unveiling the complete open data platform just yet. But we are looking for beta testers to explore, play and contribute to the development of USMART our exciting new data platform. Read more and take a peek!
Earlier this year we hosted a student, Christopher Lunny, as part of the Data Lab MSc programme. The goal of Christopher's MSc project with us was to test out U~SMART's real-time data performance using Transport for London Countdown API. We also wanted to answer this question: How well do the buses adhere to their timetables?