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Data Blending

Internet of Things (IoT) will not be able to maximize its impact if the applications and data are still operating in silos. If its data remained privy to only certain individuals, groups, or organizations, it will not be able to reap its full potential. Machine-to-Machine applications traditionally work in silos. IOT promises better decision-making, and there’s no better way to get insights unless we can get as much data as possible from various sources. For example, why does a flood happens? Is it because of drainage issues, the river bed swells up due to rising in silt, torrential rains, or the effect of increasing the tide? It’s only when you can correlate various data that you can find the source of the problem. Thus, we need integration from multiple sources of data.

Will it be the same thing for Smart Cities? What sensitive data does the city generate from IoT? Tons of data can be generated from Transportation, Health, Waste, parking, lighting, Energy, and much more. It makes better sense if we can “blend” these data together.

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Benefits of Data Blending

Many new and innovative applications can be developed when different data are compounded. It will become a platform for application developers in generating new IoT services.

  • Cost Savings – Instead of managing and connecting to several platforms, a single platform, will simplify and reduce operational costs.
  • Better decision-making – more data means more information and more knowledge about the city. An event that happens in one application can also trigger another event in another application.
  • Smart City’s Index – This can become a hub for calculating the health or safety of a city.
  • Creating Innovative Applications – Sharing various sources of data will open up limitless innovative applications. It makes better sense to monetize or fully utilize the data rather kept in someone’s database.

What are the success factors to make data blending of a city successful?

About the Author

Dr. Mazlan Abbas is an IOT Evangelist, Thought Leader, and CEO of FAVORIOT.  He is very passionate to build a Generation IoT of the future. And currently, his company, Favoriot, is offering a FREE IoT platform subscription to start your IoT journey in a simple and rapid manner.

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