Big Data to the rescue

date: 29 September 2016
reading time: 3 min

We talk about smartness and IoT technologies quite often. However, we rarely mention their mother – Big Data, thanks to which all of these solutions work.

Big Data can be described as big volumes of data that have been gathered and can now be analysed in order to deduce certain things and facilitate studies. 

Big Data plays, without a doubt, the biggest role in helping our world develop. It gives us a chance to enhance almost every aspect of our lives.

However, how can it revolutionise a mundane everyday task, like driving or being stuck in traffic?

As it turns out, the most congested city out there is Mexico City, where citizens spend at least 59% extra travel time on the roads because of the traffic.

How Big Data may change that?

The collection of sensors provides extensive analysis on the state of the roads.

They gather data from cars, cell phones and GPS signals, as well as from the roads and from the congested areas themselves. What is more, not only is this data very accurate, since it’s measured in real-time, it also enhances further research, which may result in coming up with numerous facilitations.

How can this solution decongest our roads?

It may provide analysis, which will help to predict traffic trends.

This solution will work wonders in case of events happening in cities or after accidents, when traffic usually occurs slower and is way more vexing.

Furthermore, monitoring the flow of congestions will enable authorities to provide alterations like different settings for traffic lights or byroads.

Gathering data in real-time will influence the above-mentioned actions but it will also inform the drivers what is ahead of them, allowing them to make potential diversions on their own, thus avoiding being a part of the traffic jam.

What else Big Data has in stock for vehicles?

Connection between vehicles and devices is yet another facilitation, since each and every one of them generates unique data.

However, the gathering of data has many more merits.

Since individual cars are connected, Big Data system may work as a mechanic, keeping track of the state of the car. The moment it detects a problem, it may send signals to the nearest authorised car salon, which will help the driver take care of it.

There are also benefits for the environment because the sensors installed in the roads may work as pollution detectors.

They may measure the level of pollution and, in case its concentration is high, they may send signals which propose byroads. Also, in time, they may help in working out how to deal with the problem of excessive fumes on certain sites of the city.

Big Data can do much more than what we described in this article. Are you curious what exactly it has in stock for us? Don’t miss another blog post from the series.

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