The concept of the smart city emerged at the beginning of the 21st century as a fusion of ideas about how information and communication technologies can improve the functioning of cities, enhancing their efficiency, increasing their competitiveness, facilitating the transition towards more sustainable development paths, and improving quality of life. Central to the smart city concept is the idea of analysing the increasingly large data streams generated by digital technologies to inform decision making.
Big data and urban modelling
The convergence of big data and urban modelling, sometimes included under the umbrella term urban analytics, opens up new possibilities to monitor, understand and predict the evolution of urban settings. Urban models are mathematical representations of the real world, typically implemented through computational tools, that aim to describe, explain and forecast the behaviour of the urban system. The ubiquitous sensorisation of the built environment and the pervasive use of personal mobile devices have enabled the collection of high-resolution datasets about urban dynamics, creating new opportunities to push the frontiers of urban modelling. Nommon works together with municipal authorities and private sector organisations to provide them with urban analytics solutions that help them make more informed decisions, from long-term planning (e.g., spatial planning, investments in new urban infrastructure, optimisation of facility location) through to real-time management and control (e.g., traffic management, energy management, water management).