Cleaning Up Asset Intel for Smart City Appeal

For all smart cities and businesses, data is at the heart of strategic decision-making. It jump-starts success, providing footing for the insights that drive informed, tactical planning.

But these days, data — in large volume — comes at such a fast and furious pace, it can be hard to keep up. How can organizations get data to a place where it can be accessed, understood and used to redefine functionality?

“Data has infinite potential,” says Scott Parker, a project manager at Burns & McDonnell. “It can lead to smarter cities and more efficient facilities. But for many organizations — especially those with a massive number of assets to track — the sheer amount of information that comes in the door can make it difficult to get their data house in order.”

The right structure, systems and technology can provide the knowledge base that makes all the difference, opening the door for innovation and strategy to effect change — and then be captured in the bottom line.

“Everyone is looking for a better way to do business, whether you’re manufacturing a product or maintaining a city street,” says Brian Hiller, a project manager at Burns & McDonnell. Asset data can be the game-changer — once it’s gathered, organized and structured in a system that’s easy to access and use.

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