Exeter City Futures plans to increase the capability of Exeter by transforming it into an Analytical City – giving citizens the power to control their environment in positive ways, and entrepreneurs the tools they need to develop long-term solutions that will solve our urbanisation challenges.
Currently many citizens and entrepreneurs already have the ability to make a difference in the city, they have the drive and the capacity to learn but may not have the analytical skills or access to data and tools needed to increase their capability for making change. Data analytics can identify patterns in traffic, the long-term effects new infrastructure will have, and tell us where people are really going and with what frequency. More accurate data surrounding energy use can inform us of exactly where efficiency needs to be increased and what the biggest wins will be.
By using data to understand and solve these major problems of urbanisation, we can stimulate innovation in the City, build a stable foundation on which the economy can thrive, and deliver a wide range of benefits that are sustainable environmentally and financially.