January 24, 2011–Whether there aren’t enough traffic congestion solutions or sanitation services are going to waste, city services are always controversial. Analytics, however, could help solve these arguments, at least that’s what a recent Forbes article, “How to Save America’s Cities with Data Analytics,” led us to believe.
The article touched on several interesting points, but none more intriguing than transistors. According to the story: “It is estimated that there are now a billion transistors per human, each one costing one ten-millionth of a cent. As these sensors become embedded in everything from police records to parking meters, corporations can partner with forward-thinking city leaders to analyze the resulting torrent of data, gain new insights, and perhaps find ways to make their cities work better.”
We agree that transistors hold the keys. So does IBM, stating that upcoming transistor technology advancements will help extend the life of monitoring devices “ten times longer”, thus making monitoring more affordable and prevalent in cities. With companies like Trafficon already perfecting traffic analytics, transistors will unlock a big key to running an analytically smart city.