Big Data & Sensors: Blowing Up
SXSW 2014 Panel Picker Submission
Fmr EVP for Corporate
““In 2008, for the first time, half the world's population is living
in towns and cities. By 2030, the urban population will reach 5
billion – 60% of the world's population.”
UN Population Division
Almost all of the world’s population growth will be in cities—particularly cities in
the developing world. With finite budgets and increasingly urgency on limiting
energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, transportation is rapidly becoming the
critical issue for cities and regions in both the developing and developed world.
Transportation is also a primary example of the potential for big data, sensors, and
social media to help cities meet these challenges. Multimodal transport and
routing, managing traffic flow, resource sharing, parking, and entirely new modes of
transportation are all rapidly changing the infrastructure conversation away from
roads to data, enabling a smarter, mobile lifestyle in major cities. This emphasis on
data, however, creates entirely new challenges for entrepreneurs and policymakers
alike as they work within legacy policy frameworks for everything from
transportation funding allocation to privacy and open government data.
1. From big data and social to the rapid proliferation of personal and
municipal sensors, is transportation the next major industry to explode?
2. With data fusion across personal and municipal sensors becoming vital,
who owns and controls the data?
3. How can transportation policy move beyond its love affairs with roads?
4. As collaborative consumption becomes pervasive, what’s the role of
government in an era of shared private property?
5. With the changing landscape for dynamic multimodal transportation, are
current models for transportation planning across commercial, federal,
regional, and municipal groups obsolete?
Five Key Questions