Todays’ cities are awash with data produced by governments, residents, businesses and visitors. It is predicted that by 2020 individuals will produce 1.7MB of data a second. In a city like Southampton with its population of 245,300 this would equate to 131,507 petabytes each year (A petabyte is one thousand million, million bytes). Therefore it is crucial that cities are able to identify from the outset the data that is useful to them, how to obtain it and how to use it effectively.
I choose Southampton as my example because in 2010, I developed the Atlantic North West scheme there to address a lack of connectivity and reshape the urban agenda, by creating a clearer link between the port area and the city’s main rail station. With the rise of the smart city agenda I have revisited the scheme to examine what new opportunities there might be to generate long term benefits for the city.
I presented the results of this study at the Chartered Institute of Building conference speaking in my role as Managing Director of BAM Design.