Every day I witness how our location data make the world a slightly better place. For example, we use this data to help delivery drivers find the most efficient routes and identify risk for our clients. We use all this big data to create what we call ‘digital twins’: digital replicas of the real world which are increasingly realistic and that can therefore increase the number of items that are visible. We visualize problems and can experiment with potential solutions in order to create a smarter society.
Sharing data: time for new rules
Data improves our lives. For one, we have been mapping data for centuries to help us navigate oceans, and data has only become more important over time. GPS data allows you to effortlessly make your way across city centres, while the world of healthcare has really benefited from data innovations that eliminate routine tasks, freeing up time for nursing staff to spend on patients. But do these pros outweigh the cons? Henk Scholten, CEO of Geodan and Professor of Spatial Informatics at VU University Amsterdam, shared his ideas.