Data will make our cities smarter

MIPIM 2019: Public fear overs data-sharing is one of the biggest barriers to creating smart cities.

Panellists at EG event “The Rise of Data-led Cities” agreed that the industry must make the benefits of sharing data more apparent.

Pat Ritchie, chief executive at Newcastle City Council, said: “There is much more to do around public understanding of the importance of data within a city.”

Ritchie pointed to lessons from Cisco, which created the UK’s smartest street with internet of things sensors installed in bins and street lamps to gather real-time data on waste