Smart City generates a lot of data. It's a Big Data case.
Several european cities do a new management approach: it's called "Smart City".
At the end of 2009 more people lived in cities than in rural areas for the first time, and the trend is for the urban population to keep growing (http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.URB.TOTL.IN.ZS/countries/1W?displ...)
So, we need to manage cities more and better, we need creativity, innovation, ideas to break the mould of urban management today.
A Smart City is a new way to manage cities.
There are a lot of Smart City definitions, Wikipedia explains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_city): “A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources, through participatory governance.”
I prefer to define a Smart City as a city that has a lot of sensors across the city. These sensors generate a lot of data in order to manage the city.
This is in theory, but, in the real world, with these sensors the cities will have a huge data quantity.
This is a "classic" BigData case.
How do you manage these data?
What do you do with them?
Can we earn money with them?