Today Nokia revealed an interesting experiment they developed by the partnership of Nokia HERE Platform and CartoDB. In this experiment CartoDB were given access to our HERE Platform data and challenged to show the city coming to life over a 24 hour period.
Often we get so caught up in our day that we don’t think about what gives a city life. But millions of unseen processes work behind the scenes to make our daily experiences possible: everything from the traffic we face to the restaurants we choose to how we connect with friends.
Though we may not always realize it, the rhythm of the city strongly influences our behavior: its traffic, sports and entertainment events and weather to name a few. This daily buzz that surrounds us can actually be captured by numbers and data and at HERE we are collecting this data from the billion of devices we are powering.
These numbers can tell interesting stories, which is why we decided to enter into a cartographic experiment with our friends at CartoDB. They provide a sophisticated engine to visualize all of our data and tell the stories of different global cities. Today the result of that experiment is live at http://here.com/livingcities/. There you can see how the cities of London, Chicago, Rome, Helsinki and Mumbai are living and breathing around the clock.
Through this data visualization, Nokia is aiming to inspire developers to take a look at data APIs and CartoDB technology to develop great city visualizations of their own.
Try out http://here.com/livingcities/. And Nokia revealed that they have more such experiments in the pipeline!