Mike Flowers, Director of the City’s Policy and Strategic Planning Analytics Team, explains how the city has been using building data to crack down on illegal apartment conversions, which helps prevent fires. As a result of this effort, building inspectors saw a five-fold increase in the uncovering and remediation of illegal conversions.
…the [USPS] has a unique asset that could allow it to make money by collecting valuable data that would contribute to the country’s safety and economic health: its far-reaching network of trucks. The service’s thousands of delivery vehicles have only one purpose now: to transport mail. But what if they were fitted with sensors to collect and transmit information about weather or air pollutants? The trucks would go from being bulky tools of industrial-age communication to being on the cutting edge of 21st-century information-gathering and forecasting.