Open data innovation is changing through Internet of Things (IoT) technology

A result of the clear trend towards increasingly connected things (Internet of Things – IoT), ranging from mobile phones and smart bracelets to cars and busses, we are now facing a change as to how the collected data is treated. This change implies that our lives and the contexts we spend our time in increasingly generates data that is stored and holds the potential for added value services for organizations as well as invididuals. It includes public data which – based on integrity protection – to a growing degree is made available to service developers, as well as the user-generated data from individuals and groups that share similar interests (e.g. cycling, walking, as well as life-style recommendations such as restaurants and events). The digital as well as physical world we are moving through thereby increasingly changes, and subsequently expands the potential for innovation.

In the Data Innovation Arena (DIA) project, needs have been pinpointed that have thematically strong implications for improved public transportation that plays an even stronger role for people than it already does. Within the public transportation sector, Sweden has accepted the responsibility to reduce emissions with 17% until 2020 compared with 2005. To this effect, for instance Skånetrafiken have as a goal to be the most environmentally adapted public transportation alternative in Skåne while at the same doubling the number of passenger trips serviced until 2020, compared with 2006. As a complement to public transportation, the DIA project views all forms of movement through the regional public space (such as cycling, running, or walking). This is rooted in the project desire to promote environmentally relevant and interesting exploration of the local region rather than restrict this through prohibition and lack of relevant alternatives.


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