The challenge of keeping our cities and the surrounding areas pleasant places to live is constantly increasing. Cities and towns are growing and changing as the result of ongoing rural-to-urban migration. Designing smart, healthy cities isn't just important – it’s an absolute necessity.
In a smart public space in the city, residents, devices, and objects are all connected and all exchange information (Internet of Things). At Antea Group, rather than simply handling the associated data management, we concern ourselves with information needs. Whether we use big data or smart data, specifically selected data is needed that helps to create the best possible public spaces and deliver the best possible service to citizens. Antea Group makes a distinction between targeted and effective data management. Consider, for example, data integration in urban areas for safer, more livable public spaces, more efficiency in operations and integration of the key registers and information flows.
We need to make smart use of the opportunities and possibilities that technological innovations offer for municipal administration in general and, specifically, for the management of things such as lighting, energy, heating, safety, and waste in public spaces. We offer modern, practical solutions in the efficient gathering, management, and utilization of urban planning-related data and information. By ensuring that the data is up to date, complete, and reliable, it can be properly analyzed, always keeping in mind that data collection is a means to an end and not an end in itself. At Antea Group, geo-information (the location) plays a leading role in designing smart public spaces. Geo-information is used as a piece of data, as supporting information, or as a result.
We believe that full, integrated collaboration with various parties and stakeholders is essential. How do you ensure that citizens remain involved in the creation of smart public spaces? There are understandable concerns about data security and privacy and this means the collection, storage, and use of this data has to be transparent and it must be possible to explain the approach used to citizens. The various stakeholders with their different interests influence and shape public urban spaces. The question that remains is: who will ultimately own the smart city?