Preparing for the Next Hurricane Irma, or Harvey: How analytics and smart cities will help

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By Alisa Valudes Whyte

The United States has sustained 15 separate billion-dollar natural disasters in 2017, proving to be one of the costliest recovery years on record. How can cities make sure that going forward, their citizens remain safe and their odds of expensive disaster mitigation go down?

In the age of smart cities, the answer is data.

Information streaming from more than 1.6 billion smart devices and a wealth of relevant open-source data sets on weather, location and energy use are available to cities today. The problem is that many times this data lives in siloes — unable to be easily blended together to prepare and respond to disasters. To be effective, these silos need to be broken and the data made fluid and accessible.

If managed properly, smart cities can use this data to manage disasters after they happen and mitigate the effects of future disasters before they occur. 


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