Applications of big data to smart cities

Eiman Al Nuaimi, Hind Al Neyadi, Nader Mohamed, Jameela Al-Jaroodi

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    Many governments are considering adopting the smart city concept in their cities and implementing big data applications that support smart city components to reach the required level of sustainability and improve the living standards. Smart cities utilize multiple technologies to improve the performance of health, transportation, energy, education, and water services leading to higher levels of comfort of their citizens. This involves reducing costs and resource consumption in addition to more effectively and actively engaging with their citizens. One of the recent technologies that has a huge potential to enhance smart city services is big data analytics. As digitization has become an integral part of everyday life, data collection has resulted in the accumulation of huge amounts of data that can be used in various beneficial application domains. Effective analysis and utilization of big data is a key factor for success in many business and service domains, including the smart city domain. This paper reviews the applications of big data to support smart cities. It discusses and compares different definitions of the smart city and big data and explores the opportunities, challenges and benefits of incorporating big data applications for smart cities. In addition it attempts to identify the requirements that support the implementation of big data applications for smart city services. The review reveals that several opportunities are available for utilizing big data in smart cities; however, there are still many issues and challenges to be addressed to achieve better utilization of this technology.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number25
    Pages (from-to)1-15
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Internet Services and Applications
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2015


    • Application of big data
    • Application of smart city
    • Big data
    • Smart city

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Computer Networks and Communications


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