MIT’s SENSEable City Lab presents “LIVE Singapore!,” a series of five different perspectives of flowing real time data in Singapore. The exhibit is composed of: multi-dimensional maps… showing the movement of crowds, taxis, airline passengers, the cityʼs fast changing microclimatic conditions, the islandʼs electricity consumption, as well as shipping containers passing through the worldʼs largest trans-shipment sea port in real-time.
The project was developed as part of the Future Urban Mobility research initiative at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). According to the projects leader the exhibit is:
…just the beginning of something that aims to develop into an open platform for the management of urban realtime data and the engagement of developer communities in writing innovative applications for the city.
Although this exhibit looks visually striking, the true test of the project’s success will be in how this information is actually shared with citizens. In order to have a “real city” of flowing data, Singapore and MIT’s SENSEable City Lab should make the open platform for this data available not just for citizens to view in the internet but also to use and edit on other platforms. Needless to say it will be interesting to see how this data-rich city works with MIT as this project unfolds.