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Building smarter cities with data

Rex Dong, Managing Director of Asia Sales & Marketing, Seagate Technology | Aug. 6, 2015
Use of resilient storage solutions for data-generating devices and apps will be essential in the pursuit of smart cities.

For example, Singapore utilises a sophisticated Intelligent Transport System, which combines a myriad of connected systems such as Electronic Road Pricing systems, expressway monitoring and advisory systems, as well as GPS systems installed in every taxi. The intelligent system has enabled Singapore to be one of the least congested cities, with an average car speed on main roads of 27km/h, compared to an average speed of 16km/h in London, 11km/h in Tokyo and 5km/h in Jakarta.

From sensors that monitor building access and security and fire detection, to sensors that monitor environmental conditions and energy consumption, to a variety of other network-connected monitoring applications, it is easy to see how the growth of this technology area will continue to increase.

At the same time, the amount of unstructured data will grow even as budgets for storage technology remain tight in many governments. Governments will need storage setups that can preserve data for the long haul while also providing government employees and citizens with rapid access and performance.

Storage solutions like the Seagate Surveillance HDD, which has a 1 million hour MTBF, (mean time between failure) allows hard drives to be kept in the field longer while reducing the cost of field deployment. Simultaneously, Seagate’s portfolio of Self-Encrypting Drives for enterprises and end-users are helping save time and money, while meeting their security requirements.

In Singapore, a leading security services provider installed 18,000 cameras connected to Seagate’s Surveillance HDDs in housing estates and carparks across the country. The enhanced reliability and ease of access provided by Surveillance HDD has assisted law enforcement to solve more than 200 crimes and obtain 450 leads to date.

Meanwhile, a bank in India was facing issues with its ATM digital video recorders (DVRs) due to data loss and video capture issues. This was leading to a high amount of downtime for the ATMs, leading to customer frustration especially in remote locations where there were fewer ATM. Seagate worked with partners to install Surveillance HDD in the ATM DVRs, and this has decreased the downtime of ATMs by almost 80 percent, ultimately reducing the bank’s operating costs.

Some estimates have machine-to-machine data transactions eventually making up 50 percent of all data transmitted over the Internet. And with total storage demands soon breaching the exabyte range over the next 10 years, governments are looking for partners that can help tackle these challenges.

Ultimately, a smart city is only as effective as the data it has, and working with vendors that have the right capability and experience will help cities tackle their long-term data challenges.


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