In his guest blog, Earth Networks Chief Marketing Officer Anuj Agrawal shares an inside look into the power of environmental data and how it is making cities smarter, cleaner and more resilient. Agrawal will be speaking on the Smart Cities Panel at the 2017 Capital Data Summit taking place on February 15, 2017 at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.
You interact with environmental data on a daily basis. It’s there when you turn your smartphone on to silence your alarm. It’s on your TV when you sip your morning coffee. And it’s on the radio during your commute to work. Free weather data and other types of environmental information helps us pick out our outfits, time our commute and plan our after-work activities. But can it do more than that?
We here at Earth Networks think so. And so does the Smart City Council Readiness Program. All ten of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant finalists named energy or some form of the environment as their top priority. This is because weather and greenhouse gas (GHG) data play vital roles in making cities more livable, workable, sustainable and resilient.
Commercial-grade weather data provides more than just a weekly forecast. In fact, its diverse capabilities make it a key component for resilient cities. Weather data affects a city’s population and some aspects of the economy; offering insights that no other data set can provide. Advanced weather data feeds and historical data is easily integrated into predictive models that can provide cities with smart decision-support so that you can plan for both routine and severe weather events.
As people begin to move out of the suburbs and into the cities, city pollution is on the rise. The scientific community estimates that 70% of GHGs are generated in urban areas. GHG data is so important because if you can quantify the amount of emissions in your city, you can make steps towards controlling it. With GHG data, smart cities can develop smart policies to reign in those emissions and have local, accurate baseline data to support their initiatives.
Environmental data is critical for smart city development. Both weather data and GHG data offer insights that can make communities safer, healthier and, ultimately, smarter. To learn more about how weather and GHG data can both help mitigate financial, operational and human risk in smart cities developing across the world, don’t miss the Smart Cities Panel at the Capital Data Summit on February 15, 2017.