Big Data

A large collection of data sets of different types ranging from Twitter to Traffic Flow Sensing and Mobile Phone Data will be investigated by the project partners. Their value will be enhanced by the development of novel data analysis and data fusion techniques. Geographically and socially correlated aspects will be taken into account by novel methods for streams, parallel data handling, and data analysis. Data will be enriched by pro-active social computing with incentives and prepared for different usages. INSIGHT aims at a participatory approach for the automated management of resources and to improve emergency response in smart cities and countries.


The goal of the INSIGHT project is to radically advance our ability of coping with emergency situations in smart cities by developing innovative technologies, methodologies and systems that will put new capabilities
in the hands of disaster planners and city personnel to improve emergency planning and response.
It brings together a strong group of researchers with domain experts in three representative case studies of urban transportation, flood management, and emergency response.
Test beds are for the local application of the findings the City of Dublin (Ireland) and for a nationwide application the northern part of Germany. The disaster scenario for both cases is a major flooding.

INSIGHT Project - Situation

The instrumentation of the world with diverse sensors, smart phones, and social networks acquires exascale data that offer the potential of enhanced science and services. In particular, a better societal management of the overall cycle of disaster monitoring and response becomes possible, citizens may now become involved in decision making and data acquisition (crowd-sourcing), and advanced planning can economise resources.

Current systems are limited in three important elements:
(i) there is a lack of methods for handling heterogeneous data streams in real-time,
(ii) there is limited integration of big data analytics and social computing,
(iii) real-time prediction and alarm capabilities have not yet been incorporated into the infrastructure for intelligent management.