Transportation expert Bob McQueen, consultant to Teradata and other vendors, suggests that transit operators offer riders a deal: their data for use of their location, speed, and other details. But at first it’s only for an in-house experiment. First question: How much would it cost the transit operator?
San Francisco-area designer Steve Pepple wondered whether data could help him explore neighborhoods — on the way to helping city planners build better, perhaps “smarter” cities.
He describes in a fun post on Medium, a genuine “data story,” how he set out to help people find “pockets of activity, vibrance, and new things.”
First, he joined a do-it-yourself project called Sense Your City. Sensors around the world reaped “hyper-local data about environmental conditions, such as noise, dust, light, and pollutants.” That data led to “pockets of activity, vibrance, and new things.” In San Francisco, he writes, “you could see when the fog rolls in.”… Read the rest “A fun, lively path to smarter cities”