Chicago’s SmartData Project Aims to Spark Predictive Analytics Movement
As the third largest city in the U.S. at 2.7 million residents, Chicago is known for many things. It has its trademarked windy weather, deep-dish pizzas and that iconic piece of Americana known as Wrigley Field, a ballpark that turns 100 this year. Yet today, the 237-square-mile metropolis is on the eve of another possible milestone, one that might be heading to cities across the U.S.
Recently Chicago unveiled its new predictive analytics initiative, dubbed the SmartData Project, that’s aimed to serve the city with data-driven predictions and insights for its many departments and services. The platform is connected to WindyGrid, a hub housing information from every department in real time and gathering about 7 million rows of data per day. The SmartData Project — through its publicly available open-source build — is meant to be a template for cities to craft predictive analytics systems of their own.
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