Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. And this number is only set to grow over the coming decades.
Finding affordable housing, creating more efficient transport systems and generating jobs are key challenges for the world’s politicians and city administrators.
We need to think smart, to provide longevity to city living through the urban innovation. We need to look to the future of global smart cities.
Geospatial is fundamental to future smart cities
Up-to-date and accurate land information is at the core of essential services in any modern country. In Great Britain, detailed and current geospatial data is available to more than 3,500 government agencies, from ministries to local councils, and underpins many services that these agencies provide.
Geospatial data and technology helps government organisations become smarter, collaborate better, reduce costs and improve services.
How OS can help
We help municipalities and national governments overcome the challenges of geospatial data management to enable smart city information to be used to best effect.
The use of open standards helps agencies work together with the private sector to make geospatial information work harder for your city. The exchange and re-use of information, and a common understanding of data between government agencies, is defined by a data model for geospatial information.
Bahrain’s smart city data success
In the Kingdom of Bahrain, this data model – developed by Ordnance Survey – allows a variety of land-based data to be integrated into one central information resource.
This data could include:
- Property boundaries.
- Street furniture urban planning.
- Underground utility information from different agencies.
It’s the basis for a variety of smart cities and smart nations applications and services.
In Great Britain, through the Public Sector Geospatial Agreement (PSGA) OS has helped government agencies to increase the value generated from high quality geographic data.
Get in touch to find out how we can help your organisation to get smarter.