February 14, 2013
Geri Joyce Killarney
The following is excerpted from "Too Big to Ignore: The Business Case for Big Data." John Wiley & Sons will be publishing this in early March of 2013.
At some point in the past few years, Thomas M. Menino (Boston's longest-serving mayor) realized that it was no longer 1950. Perhaps he was hobnobbing with some techies from MIT at dinner one night. Whatever his motivation, he decided that there just had to be a better, more cost-effective way to maintain and fix the city's roads. Maybe smartphones could help the city take a more proactive approach to road maintenance. To that end, in July 2012, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics launched a new project called Street Bump, an app that:
Allows drivers to automatically report the road hazards to the city as soon as they hear that unfortunate "thud," with their smartphones doing all the work. Read More...