Social challenges and urban planning

Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Urban Planning and Social Challenges

Projects funded by IFAB exploit Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to create new services that improve sustainability and social well-being. Urban planning plays an increasingly crucial role in the development of societies as populations continue to move towards cities, making them larger and more complex.

Importance of Urban Planning

The increase in urban population complicates the management of resources such as electricity, traffic, and waste collection. The use of AI and data analysis contributes to effective urban planning. Improved city livability comes through the optimization of services and daily activities, resulting in a more efficient and harmonious society.

New Technologies and Smart Cities

The complex demands of modern society require the integration of new technologies to plan the development of smart cities and industrial areas. However, their use raises important privacy and security issues: tools that signal the arrival of public transport, for example, can also be used to track people’s movements.

Privacy and Security Challenges

The risk of personal data breaches is a significant concern. In order to maximize the public good and protect citizens from privacy violations, these technologies should be managed by public entities capable of ensuring adequate data protection.

Public-Private Collaboration

Collaboration between the public and private sector is fundamental for the development and implementation of urban technologies. The public sector must ensure secure access to data, validation and certification of processes, and control of the systems. The private sector can contribute with its capacity to develop technologies and services. This accelerates the process of transformation and digitization of cities.

Immediate Opportunities in Urban Planning

Urban planning offers several immediate opportunities (“low hanging fruits”). It is crucial to digitize societies in underdeveloped regions to ensure resilient and sustainable infrastructure, and to provide appropriate education on new technologies. Simply by improving the accuracy of public transport timetables, traffic congestion can be relieved, emissions reduced, and citizens’ journeys optimized, saving time and resources.

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