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Teradata teams with Cisco to unlock IoT value

Data can be used to drive predictive and prescriptive decision-making for a variety of urban services

Data collection within a city is often stored in departmental silos
Data collection within a city is often stored in departmental silos

Teradata has partnered with Cisco on a digital transformation solution to help cities “move from data to insight to business strategy”.


Combining Cisco’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Cisco Kinetic for Cities, with the Teradata analytics platform, the solution will help cities become smarter and more connected by providing a powerful solution for integrated data exchange, the companies claim.


Cisco’s platform collects, aggregates and normalises real-time data securely across city networks. Teradata is among the first enterprise data analytics companies to integrate with this platform to provide smart data management, such as analytics, persistent data lifecycle management and data enrichment, that delivers business insights to cities and communities.


Data collection and management within a city is often decentralised and stored in departmental silos, where each city manager creates a “cockpit” of data and a set of tools for managing specific city facilities. This approach makes it difficult, if not impossible, to generate a city-wide view of the data, the companies report.


Disparate data silos must be integrated to reveal insights about the city as a whole. Only then can the data be used effectively to drive predictive and prescriptive decision-making for a variety of urban services, including lighting, parking, traffic and waste management, citizen engagement, safety and security.


“Data is the foundation of value creation in today’s digitally enabled society,” said Stephen Brobst, chief technology officer at Teradata. “Cities are currently undergoing a seismic shift in thinking to recognise that their data has real value that can enable new services and capabilities to better serve their citizens and visitors.


“Accomplishing this requires that smart cities tap into a comprehensive and robust analytics ecosystem. Cisco and Teradata platforms are cornerstones of such an ecosystem, which can empower city managers to make better, data-driven decisions.”


Using Cisco Kinetic for Cities, cities can gather, aggregate and normalise information from disparate and siloed city applications, including but not limited to traffic, lighting and parking.


Combining this real-time sensor data with other city information, such as data from payment systems, citizen sentiment and analytic applications, Teradata is able to deliver prescriptive and predictive analytics, as well as easy-to-comprehend visualisations, that help city leaders make smarter, more informed decisions.


Such a combined solution could, for example, automatically detect security incidents and generate alerts, locate traffic bottlenecks and optimise signals to ease congestion or evaluate route options to shorten emergency vehicle response time.


“Far too many cities do not fully recognise the value of their data,” added Anil Menon, global president for smart+connected communities at Cisco. “With the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform, we aim to help cities think holistically about their city infrastructure investments and the value of the data captured by their connected assets, such as traffic cameras, parking meters and environmental sensors.”


He continued: “Once data is aggregated, customers using Teradata’s analytics can leverage the resulting contextualised information to guide planning, monetisation and broader economic development efforts that keep cities livable, sustainable and resilient.”


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