Big Data made visual at your fingertips


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.

Oliver Senn, Chief Software Architect at SMART Future Urban Mobility says:"DataDrives opens up various Singapore dataset to the public to be explored in depth but with great ease. This exciting combination makes Big Data accessible to everyone like never before."

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)

Try out this space-age touchscreen table at the Singapore Science Centre from 25 Jul – 24 Aug 2014.

Or find more through the ChannelNews Asia video interview of Mr Senn on First Look Asia; or read about it on TODAY online and LittleDayOut

This research is funded by the Singapore National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE) programme.