Illustreets Interview

Smart Summit London returns on the 19th and 20th of September at the Business Design Centre in London, and will see over 1,500 attendees and 180 speakers in attendance.
One of the exhibitors, illustreets, is a geospatial publishing platform built to facilitate the exchange of location intelligence.

With a focus on supporting data brokerage and data consulting services, illustreets Publisher™ enables the GIS analyst to build fast and full-featured mapping applications in-house and publish on the web. It offers layer rendering, self-service chart and report builder, real time dashboards, third-party integration.

Illustreets answered our exhibitor interview:
Please outline your role in smart city developments?
We’re a technology supplier that helps property and infrastructure companies create value from their location data.  Our location intelligence platform enables our customers to create and share insights with stakeholders in real-time. We’re involved throughout the property lifecycle.  From using the location data to understand the viability of a development pre-planning to data handover and visualisation. 
What do you consider to be the best ways to involve citizens in smart city developments?
Smart city developments generate lots of data, about buildings, the environment, and the people using those buildings.  This data should be made available to both the buildings’ users and citizens; it will give them tangible benefits (perhaps in the form of developers building useful services/applications based on the data) as well as help citizens understand the benefits of smart developments.
While citizen data is essential for shaping future city services, what are your thoughts on how and when it should be used?
With the data protection act and upcoming GDPR regulation there is a strict regulatory framework for dealing with data.  Any use needs to be compliant in the first instance.  That means that citizens need to consent to the use of any personal data.  I think there is a great opportunity to use aggregated telemetric data.
How do you think information-sharing should be encouraged across departments and verticals, to foster collaborative planning?
First comes digitisation and standardisation.  Planning data needs to be digitised and a common set of standards agreed to across the sector.  Then for proprietary data and information the sector needs a toolset to share data securely, that you can keep control of it and its shape remains in data owner's hands. Those tools should also help you visualise and explore the data to understand it's applicability, to show the data without giving away your dataset. Encourage sharing by allowing getting real time feedback or enrichment of your data by sharing it with others. Engage people with data to get feedback and transformation.
Discussing the funding issues – which services are more likely to receive funding and which are seen as “nice to have”?
Engaging businesses that can see a commercial benefit from the urban improvement, for example waste management.
How far will automation go in the smart city?
Today any smart city developments need to integrate into the existing urban cityscape.  That in many ways limits how far automation can go for citizens in the short to medium term.  The opportunity to automate, is greater for developers, building owners and occupiers.  For example building sensors paired with advanced analytics to create a predictive maintenance schedule.

About Smart Summit London

Smart Summit is a 2 day conference and exhibition covering the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem and its impact on the digital society.

Now in its 3rd year, the event features Europe's leading Smart Home Summit and a further 5 tracks all designed to compliment each other.

With over 180 visionary speakers, gain a unique insight from industry heavyweights and hear case study examples from major contributors.

Make sure you are present in London on the 19th and 20th September for THE Smart IoT event of 2017.