New app helps users visualise complex data


Singapore, a small city-state, generates Terabytes of data per day – thanks to the use of technology in many facets of our life. With such volume, variety and velocity of data, how can Singapore find value in these information to improve the lives of the people?  


The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) )[ 新加坡-麻省理工学院科研中心], has developed an interface that allows the public to analyse and visualise such big data on their own. This visualisation tool, dubbed Data Drives, allows users to mash up multiple data sets to create customised analytical views. The public can now manipulate such datasets on the touchscreen installation - previously the domain of  highly trained data analysts – to gain a deeper insight to the workings of the city. They can discover how people are moving throughout the day and see how Singapore connects to the world through Changi Airport. These and more can be derived from the following datasets within the interface:
·          - Transport network (e.g. tap-in/tap-out EzyLink card and airport arrival/departure)
·          - Mobile usage
·          - Electricity consumption
·          - Rainfall
·          - Road incidents (e.g. accidents/road works)
 
This exhibit will be made available to the public at the foyer of the National Museum of Singapore from 24 Jan – 24 Feb 2014.    
 
Professor Carlo Ratti, SMART Principal Investigator of the Future Urban Mobility (FM) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) and Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab, was interviewed in The Straits Times (250114) about the future new app for which Data Drives is the precursor of what is to come.