Big Data Data Aggregation

How can data aggregation help ambitious local authorities?

 

Local authorities with smart ambitions should be looking to implement technology that provides communities with easier digital access to request services, source information and manage payments.

Even now, data from existing public services and technology – including public transport, parking, waste collection and street lighting - could be used to provide local authorities with robust insight into the needs and behaviours of their residents and visitors.

In the public sector, we know that by aggregating this data we have the potential to provide valuable insight that could help local authorities design, deliver and transform public services in a more cost-effective and sustainable way. Combine this with machine learning, and we have the ability to address wider societal challenges of mobility, pollution and social care.

As local authorities invest in new technologies, each application adds more data. With an increase in data, aggregation becomes more powerful and as the network grows, the analysis becomes more meaningful. For example, we could combine information from air pollution sensors, parking sensors and traffic management sensors to measure the real impact of a construction site on the lives of workers, visitors and the environment, which could help the local authority manage future planning projects more effectively.

 

In an ideal world, we’d have a single supplier of sensors, cameras and systems – and data aggregation would be easy. In the real world, we already have different technologies, which are operated by competing businesses, commissioned by separate departments, and designed to address specific needs.

 

The challenge is to find better and easier ways to bring lots of data together, by connecting these technologies into a single aggregation layer and management platform. With built in workflows and algorithms, and the ability to analyse and view this information in a single unified dashboard, the local authority would have the data and insight that they need at their finger-tips to make calculated and informed decisions for the future.

So how do we find better and easier ways to bring lots of data together?

Open APIs and open data are crucial to this. Local authorities need a single platform that can work with lots of third party applications, so all data can be fed into a centralised dashboard for a complete 360˚ view of service performance with a simple, single interface for alert, monitoring and reporting management. This data can then be used by approved third parties, encouraging innovation and growth of start-ups and SMEs, as well as the Business Improvement District (BIDs) or its Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

 

With data security a high priority, procurement departments need to become fluent in data standards, so they know their SSL from their TLS. At Giosprite, we provide the single platform and work with third parties, using open API, enabling open data, and ensuring data security.

 

But there’s still a crucial element missing, and that’s cross-departmental communication. If we want to share data between departments, we need to share strategies, goals and a single vision. By talking to each other about the data we collect and sharing plans to invest in new technologies, we allow the potential for greater data aggregation, and the business case for each investment can be significantly enhanced.

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