The organisation will use the spatial big data platform to help unlock siloed data and share information with third parties working on urban innovation projects
Public sector organisation, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) has entered a commercial alliance with GeoSpock, an extreme-scale spatial big data company, to help further its smart city ambitions.
The initiative will see the Smart Cambridge team (a programme within the GCP) utilise GeoSpock’s spatial big data platform – which processes data at speed and scale, generating spatial and temporal insights – to develop a data-first smart city strategy.
According to GeoSpock, the initiative will democratise data from physical assets to enable better decision-making by providing greater contextual understanding and delivering a single origin of data truth.
This will help support the work of the Greater Cambridge Partnership and bring tangible benefits to the lives of residents, businesses and visitors, including improvements to traffic flow and citizen mobility, as well as to environmental initiatives and the future planning of the city.
By unlocking siloed data within the region, GeoSpock will provide a common data transformation platform-as-a-service (PaaS), run on Amazon AWS Cloud, on which Smart Cambridge can share information for the benefit of staff and third-party organisations working on urban innovation projects.
“By bringing together data that is currently locked in separate silos, Smart Cambridge will be able to input into decisions that optimise traffic flow, and reduce CO2 emissions”
“GeoSpock’s spatial big data platform is extremely impressive and I’m eager to see the successes we can achieve together. This is an exciting new relationship for the Greater Cambridge Partnership that will provide a digital platform to support the transport infrastructure investments taking place in our region,” said Claire Ruskin, executive board member for the Greater Cambridge Partnership, and CEO of Cambridge Network.
“By bringing together data that is currently locked in separate silos, Smart Cambridge will be able to input into decisions that enhance people’s access between homes and daily destinations, optimise traffic flow, and reduce CO2 emissions.”
It is anticipated the move will enable local councils to better plan for the future development of new homes and businesses, as well as for public utilities and infrastructure, such as electric charging points, smart roads, autonomous bus routes, and smart energy networks.
Predictive analysis and real-time management of people’s needs will also allow councils to plan resourcing ahead of time and improve sustainability.
“Cambridge is one of the leading and most progressive smart cities in the UK, and we’re thrilled to be embarking on this partnership to showcase how GeoSpock’s technology can develop the city’s future smart ecosystem,” added Richard Baker, CEO of GeoSpock.
“We are passionate about delivering better contextual understanding to enable more informed decisions for the benefit of the citizens, visitors, and businesses of the region – particularly as the area is also home to GeoSpock’s headquarters.”
GeoSpock’s declared ambition is to become the “de facto processing engine” at the heart of next-generation infrastructure, including smart cities and the Internet of Everything (IoE), as well as powering future mobility applications, including the management of autonomous vehicle fleets.
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