What is Urban Informatics?
Urban informatics is grounded in a suite of tools and methods that enable us to capitalize on the latest advances in technology for capturing, storing, processing and analyzing urban spatial information and presenting it as dynamic and visual entities such as 3D maps, multilayer databases and dashboards. A big part of being a Smart City is the use of new, digital technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve municipal processes and civic technology for the benefit of urban residents. Urban Informatics is crucial in this process. When applied to urban issues, geo-data is crucial for a better understanding of human interactions with the city. This is especially the case when migration to cities is rapid, creating all kinds of challenges from pandemics to traffic congestion, air pollution and poverty. Any model of the Smart City needs to rely on up to date science and technology to analyze data spatially.