TSB Future Cities data platform

March 04, 2014 -- CERC and Algebra are prototyping  Q-Cumber Smart City, an innovative open city data platform with crowd-sourcing. This feasibility study is being funded by the Technology Strategy Board under Phase 1 of their Future City Solutions SBRI competition Data Challenge.

Q-Cumber Smart City will use innovative interactive map presentations and combine public data with crowd-sourced data, integrating data across various themes including health, energy, environment and transport. Open APIs (including OGC WMS and GeoJSON) will be the basis for a thriving ecosystem of third-party apps and services based on phones, websites, smart devices, and social media, leveraging direct access to data through the APIs.

In Phase 1 we are examining the feasibility and practicalities of such a system, liaising with the five cities who have volunteered to participate in the TSB "Data Challenge": Belfast, Birmingham, Cambridge, Ipswich and London. We are developing a proposal for further work under Phase 2 of the TSB Future Cities competition. In Phase 2 we propose to enhance Q-Cumber Smart City, install it for a test-bed city, and create apps and services that will demonstrate the possibilities of the platform and foster the app ecosystem, in particular showing innovative data presentation through maps. These solutions will be shaped with the partner city, analysing decisions to be made by the partner city that can be supported with innovative data use as well as different user needs (managers, assessors, citizens, app developers). The solutions will build on existing tools, such as the London  airTEXT health and air quality forecasts (developed by CERC) and  Q-Cumber, an innovative combination of crowd-sourcing, social networking and environmental tools, combining data from heterogeneous sources into a user-friendly query framework (developed by Algebra).

The project partners  CERC and  Algebra are SMEs with wide experience of working with cities to maximize their data in the themes of environment, health, industry and energy, and are very well-placed to work with city authorities in this project. Q-Cumber has been adopted for crowd-sourcing by several cities in Italy and is rapidly expanding.

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